How many weeks pregnant were you when you gave birth to your first child?
41 weeks and one day.
If you have more then one child, how many weeks pregnant were you when you gave birth to subsequent children?
What was your first thought when you realized "it's time?"
Well, I was induced.
How did you know for sure, "it's time?"
Did you water break?
The doctor broke it for me.
Did you have an enema?
Did you have a catheter?
Unfortunately, yes. Kinda goes along with getting an epidural.
On a scale of 1-10 how painful would you say labor was?
Before I got the epidural (and when it began to wear off), I'd say about a 9, once the contractions got strong.
Did you have an epidural?
Were you induced?
Did you have a c-section? If so, was it planned?
Almost had to get one but thankfully avoided it.
How many hours was labor?
Almost 20 hours.
Did you have an "activity" to pass the time (e.g. did you watch dvds, play cards, paint your toenails, etc?)
Watched tv ("America's Next Top Model" marathon), talked with my mom and boyfriend (and dad, when he came to visit), did crossword puzzles, took naps, etc.
Did you have any complications? If so what were they?
The baby's head was too big to progress down the birth canal, and I also didn't dilate much for about 12 hours. It was because of that lack of progress that I almost had to get the c-section. Thankfully, I dilated enough at the last minute for them to decide to wait. I delivered my son vaginally, with the help of the vacuum, at 2:23am. He had the cord around his neck, but he's perfectly healthy.
Were you mean to your "coach?"
No. He was wonderful, as was my mother.
What's one thing that you would do differently if you could do it all over again?
I would have asked for the c-section after 12 hours; that baby was not meant to pass through my birth canal.