Our son Magnus was born November 19, 2009 with a serious congenital heart defect, HLHS. I set up this blog to keep our family and friends updated on his condition, and to connect with other families dealing with HLHS.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Well, laboring without drugs turned out not to be in the cards for me. They were worried enough about my blood pressure that they started me on Pitocin shortly after "ripening" my cervix with a Foley catheter. The Foley took me from 1.5 cm to 3 cm in about 20 minutes. The Pitocin only took me another 1 cm over the following 5 hours with some rather unpleasant contractions. I finally managed to fall asleep around 1 a.m., and then my water broke around 2. I fell asleep again after that and now they're upping my Pitocin again in hopes that it'll really get things started. So far I'm doing OK pain-wise, I think. One of the sucky things about being induced under these circumstances is that I am tethered to an IV pole and fetal monitors so it's hard to get up and walk around and do any of the things they told us are good to do while laboring in our childbirth class. But so far it's not too terrible. I am mostly just looking forward to the time when I can urinate without having to disconnect myself from anything!