I saw this meme on Rocks in my Dryer and I thought I would play along in honor of Labor Day.
How long were your labors?
#1 — Four and a half hours of active labor. Two days of mild contractions.
#2 — Two hours, after an induction
#3 — An hour and a half
#4–12 hours of little pain and no progress after induction, then baby shifted and 45 minutes of intense labor and 1–10 dilation.
How did you know you were in labor?
#1 — Wondered for a whole day and then when contractions suddenly intensified I KNEW.
#2 — induction
#3 — woke up to water breaking and strong contractions.
#4 — even after induction didn’t feel like I was. When baby moved from behind my tail bone the contractions hit and I knew.
Where did you deliver?
Hospital for all.
#1 — Two epidurals. First one didn’t take.
#2 — THREE epidurals, which resulted in a spinal headache and two more needles in my back in their attempt to cure it for me. It was worse than labor.
#3 — None, not after previous epidural.
#4 — None, still afraid of epidurals. Wait, they did give me something to help me relax. It didn’t help the pain, but it made me forget I was in labor in between contractions.
Nope, but almost had to have one with #4.
The doctor I was seeing with each pregnancy delivered #1, #2, and #4. #3 came too fast and the nurse delivered just as the doctor ran through the door. He said, “I knew I should have run that last light!”
How long were you pregnant?
#1 — Three days shy of 40 weeks.
#2–40 weeks and 5 days.
#3 — I don’t remember…I think 39 weeks and a few days.
#4 — Never really knew my real due date. I think just over 39 weeks.