Let’s rewind back to 2013. I was 25 years old and pregnant with my first baby. Let’s take a look at 3 things that happened in my first birth (waters breaking, meconium, being stuck at 7cm) and what I would do differently knowing what I know now.
Almost 10 years ago to the day, I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I was living right outside of Savannah, GA. I was in grad school. I remember watching about the Boston Marathon bombing and crying so hard for the world my baby was about to enter. I remember it was so hot that year. She was due on 4/19 and waited til 10 days past her due date to arrive. And I’ll never forget bending over to take french bread out of the oven.
–When waters break before labor starts
The options: Going in right away vs. Waiting and laboring at home
What I would differently: Build a strong sac by focusing on nutrition
– When there’s meconium in the waters
The variations: It’s a normal part of labor vs It’s a sign of distress
What I would do differently: Take more ownership, get informed and ask questions during labor. Specifically I would ask about fetal heart rate.
– When labor stalled at 7cm
The options: Agreeing to intervention vs Waiting it out
What I would do differently: I would try nipple stimulation, privacy, releasing tension. And I would have worked on positioning more to help move baby through the pelvis, both BEFORE & during labor
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