Labor and Delivery – The Second Time Around

labour and delivery second timeMy second time around the baby train has been different than my first. I didn’t expect everything to be the same, but I thought for sure that some things regarding my labor and delivery the second time around would be consistent. I was wrong! 

While I didn’t enjoy being pregnant either time, I thought that I could look forward to some of the perks that second time moms seem to experience. One of those perks being going into labor before your due date. I was wrong!

This is my daughter’s birth story.

When will I go into labor

At my first OB during this pregnancy I asked my doctor, “So since this is my second pregnancy, I should go into labor early right?”. I wanted there to be a light at the end of the tunnel. My doctor told me about 90% of second time moms go into labor in their 39th week. I thought those were good odds. I was wrong!

At 40 weeks, I stood in the doctor’s office ready to reply with a smart comment like, “How about that 90%?”. With my first I went into labor on my due date, so this time going earlier seemed probable. I was wrong!

How big will the baby be

With having less discomfort than the first pregnancy I thought she’s got to be smaller than my first. This time around I had no trouble with being poked in the ribs and didn’t notice when “she dropped”.  I was wrong!

During my 40 week appointment, the doctor did an ultrasound to measure the baby and the amniotic fluid etc. He said she was measuring 9 lb 3 oz. My jaw dropped! My first baby was on the larger side too, at 8 lbs 12 oz at birth. The doctor informed me that second time babies are typically larger than the first. My doctor said that he offers c-sections to anyone with a baby measuring over 9 lbs at 40 weeks.

After hearing all of the statistics on risks of laboring and birthing a large baby or a c-section, my husband and I decided to roll the dice and take my chances with going through labor. He informed us that the ultrasound wasn’t exact though and that there is an error rate of 1.25 pounds each way. So I could be looking at a baby a little under eight pounds or over 10 pounds. The doctor tried to reassure me though that most women don’t give birth to 10 pound babies. He was wrong!

Inducing labor

At my 41 week appointment, yes that’s right, I was still pregnant, I was relieved when my doctor agreed to induce me the next morning. I went to the hospital at 5 AM and by 6:30 AM they started the Pitocin. For a while, I thought this isn’t so bad, I might be able to do this without the epidural. I was wrong!

Once they upped that Pitocin, I started feeling those contractions and waved the white flag. As I stood in my hospital gown, swaying with my husband and moaning in pain, I waited impatiently for the anesthesiologist. My husband, as he had done with my first, put on our wedding song and danced with me to put a smile on my face. At about 8:40, that wonderful anesthesiologist came in and gave me some relief. I thanked her profusely. With my first baby, I was in labor for 27 hours. So I thought that this baby might take a while too. I was wrong!

I noticed that this time with the epidural, I couldn’t feel my entire right side, but had feeling on my left. I also didn’t feel very much pressure at all. So after a short few hours of labor, and only 15 minutes of pushing, my daughter made her appearance at 12:42 PM. She was 10 lbs 4 oz. I said to my husband, I guess I just defy all statistical odds. 

I was wrong!

The moral of the story is even for a second time mom, things were different for me. Making any assumptions or relying on statistics in regards to labor and delivery was wrong for me. But if I defy statistics like this, I’m thinking I should play the lotto. 🙂 

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