Were You Confined to Bed During Labor?

@birthlady (5613)
United States
October 27, 2006 5:44pm CST
Why?
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43 responses
• United States
27 Oct 06
I was sick the hole 9 months so I had no choice but to stay in the bed.:(
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Oct 06
poor sweetie...
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
27 Oct 06
Everyone talks about"the joys of motherhood" but seriously... I don't think it's worth it. Sick for 9 months and they you have to push out an uncooperative baby. And they they turn into babies that cry and then babies that walk and cause trouble and then the terrible twos and then middle school cattiness and then pre-teen angst and then teenager rebellion and then debt ridden college students still relying on you to pay their way. Why would you do that to yourself?
• United States
28 Oct 06
Well isn't someone bitter. I had a few days of sickness until the doc got me on some righteous pre-natals. Labor was tough, but come on, deal. And the baby? She's fifteen months and the light of life. She can be a pain, but good heavens, my dog is much worse. I would rather raise a baby anyday.
@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I was in labor for 56 hours before they decided on a C-section. So, I pretty much stayed in the bed at that time. During my pregnancy, I was only in bed when I started to spot because of a double uterus. After 5 days of bed rest to stop the bleeding, I was back to work.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Oct 06
Was your baby in a posterior presentation position?
• United States
30 Oct 06
omg! you poor thing! i give props to you!!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Oct 06
Me too! Props to you!
• United States
27 Oct 06
Nope not I I had a C-section and ugh it was horrible... but it was worth it in the end
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Oct 06
Were you in labor before the c-section or was it planned before labor began? Sorry it was horrible...(hugs)
• India
30 Oct 06
I think i entered the wrong section of discussion.. Sorry Ladies... Forgive me
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
5 Nov 06
No problem...
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Yes. Back in the "old" days that's what they did. LOL. Also during my last pregnancy I was confined to bed during my last two weeks before giving birth because I was in premature labor off and on -- the kept stopping the labor via medication through and IV.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Did the meds work to keep you pregnant to 40 weeks, or was your baby born prematurely?
• United States
23 Jan 07
I was in labor for a week with my twins and had to stay in the bed,take steroids so their lungs could grow and when I had them c-section I was in labor, I had a baby after them and he was natural.I also had a child at home and none were over 8lbs.
@tsmeesa98 (576)
• United States
28 Oct 06
For the first one because I got the epidural ASAP and for the fourth one because he was a preemie.
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@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Oct 06
At how many weeks was your fourth child born?
• United States
27 Oct 06
yes, I was hooked to the IV and a catheter.. after a few hours of labor i chickened out and got the epidural... but good thing, i had a 10 pound, 3 ounce baby boy!!! and it wasn't a c-section either!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
27 Oct 06
My middle child was 10 pounds, 24 inches at birth, born at home.
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• United States
30 Oct 06
wow!! that's awesome! were you overdue too? or was the baby just naturally a biggun? i'd like ot do a water birth in the future.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Oct 06
He was 7 days overdue, and even had signs of alittle weight loss in the womb. He is not 6ft 2 inches, about 210lbs of all muscle! (25 years of age now!)
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• Canada
30 Nov 06
For the first 5 or 6 hours of my labor I wasn't confined to bed. But later after they gave me pitocin I had to get an epidural for the pain which confined me to bed. I hated it. We took prenatal classes and learned about all the different things you can do during labor, and I never got to do any of them.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Was there a critical point where pitocin was decided to be used? Was PROM (premature rupture of membranes) a deciding factor in kicking off your labor with pitocin? Did you have a Doula?
• Canada
30 Nov 06
When they broke my water there was meconium in it, so after a little while of really slow progression they decided to give me the pitocin. I did have a doula and she was great. I wouldn't have handled everything as well as I did without her there and I know that my husband wouldn't have either. She was very good at explaining to me why the doctors wanted to what they wanted to do, what my options were, and helping me deal with the pain.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Nov 06
That's great your Doula was with you. Is she your prenatal class teacher? I am alittle surprized about pitocin after mecomium because pitocin is a sign of fetal distress and pitocin increases fetal stress. Was it "old" meconium?
@_hope_ (3917)
• Australia
9 Nov 06
for my third i was because i went into premmy labour at 26 wks
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Was labor successfully stopped at 26 weeks?
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@_hope_ (3917)
• Australia
30 Nov 06
yes until 34weeks but he spent two weeks in icu due to complications but now he is a fine fit healthy strapping 20yr old
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
2 Mar 07
My third is 20 also! She'll be 21 in May.
@emalijay (113)
9 Nov 06
No, I had a water birth in the hospital. At one point I demanded an epidural but when the midwife pointed out I couldn't have that in the water I stayed put. I'd definately do it again the same way tho' it slows your labour right down and I could probably have given birth some 2 hours earlier if on dry land :)
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Giving birth in dry land indeed has its advantages! Gravity is just one advantage! Gravity works to help strengthen contractions, as well as help move a baby down into and through the true pelvis. I loved standing in the shower with hot water on my back during labor. I stayed upright, moving around. As a birthing Doula, I encourage moms to "dance" through labor.
@emalijay (113)
9 Nov 06
I think it takes a special kind of person to be a doula - I applaud you! And altho' logically I knew I needed gravity to help things along I felt more in control in the water. I didn't get offered a shower to help me. That makes a lot of sense and worth bearing in mind for the future...what am I talking about?? One gorgeous boy is enough I think :)
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Thank you! I love birth work, for me it is very spiritual in nature.
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hi! I wasn't confined, but after the pitocin kicked in, I was in far too much pain to move around. My doc and I decided we'd try nubaine and not go straight to the epidural because of concerns I had. Man, nubaine does nothing compared to pitocin! Yikes!
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Oh, I might add that pitocin wasn't a factor when my doctor and I made the decision regarding the pain medication. When my doctor broke my water, there was merconium in it, so that's why the pitocin (and my doctor knew I didn't want a c-section because he wouldn't have been the one to perform it). Without the pitocin, I think the nubaine would have been just fine. :-)
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Hi! May I ask how dilated you were when your doctor ruptured your membranes and found meconium? Thank you!
• United States
7 Nov 06
I was also hooked up to the IV and a catheter. I was mad because I couldn't eat and had been there since 6 a.m. Then I had to smell the food that my husband ate in the room. But to top if all off I wasn't allowed to move because for my whole 9th month I had nosebleeds and no one could figure out why. I would just sit around in the Birth and Labor unit for hours until they could stop the nosebleeds.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Nov 06
I'm sorry...thank you for posting.
@patgalca (13889)
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Mar 07
I didn't have an IV, but they were concerned I might need a C-section so they wouldn't let me eat either. I had tea and toast for breakfast. That was the last thing I ate before I gave birth after noon the NEXT day. When she was born I begged for something to eat and all they gave me was two digestive cookies. And they call a hospital a HEALTH facility. HA!
@sweetcakes (3506)
• United States
28 Oct 06
yes and talkin about sore the next day they wouldn't let me walk around and i wanted too but it's okay i had a beautiful baby boy.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
28 Oct 06
I used a comfry compress after giving birth and it helped alot.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Does anyone else have any tips for comfort after giving birth? I have plenty.
@patgalca (13889)
• Orangeville, Ontario
3 Mar 07
My first labour was long, over a couple of days. When I finally entered the hospital, still many hours away from delivery, I was strapped up to monitors initially but I did end out walking the halls, having 3 hot baths, squatting in a chair and also squatting out in the hall holding onto a sink while a nurse slid underneath me to see what kind of action was going on. LOL! With my second baby all the labour took place from home, to hospital bed. It was very quick.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Thank you for responding!
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
Yes, that's the way they did things then, i would have liked to get up and walk
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Freedom of movement during labor helped me alot!
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
23 Jan 07
I was confined to bed during my labour. I came into hospital in a lot of pain and they said I wasn't in labour, then they did their thing with the plastic hook and I was 8cm, then I was stuck in a bed. I was on my back, I wanted to squat that was my instinct but it was all so painful I don't know if they wouldn't let me or I had no energy as I was really tired, hadn't slept for a few days properly. I would have liked to have squatted, I belive that had I done that I probably wouldn't have got that episiotomy.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I understand how you feel about desiring to move around and not being able to, when my second child was born (at home in 1981), during second stage, I squatted. Between contractions I lay back. When each contraction started my birth attendant kept trying to make me lay down to push! I was pushing out a BIG baby (10 pounds) and laying down was the LAST thing I wanted! I resented that person for a long time because she just made it miserable for me during second stage. I never relented--and got up to squat with every contraction.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Yes, I had an edipural both times. I don't think I could have walked around in that much pain. Giving birth was very hard for me, although I thought pregnancy wasn't too bad at all.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
1 Dec 06
thank you.
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
30 Nov 06
well, my labor went so fast, that i didn't have time to walk around, so it wasn't as if they told me to stay in bed.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
1 Dec 06
thanks for responding!
@wvchell78 (564)
• United States
30 Nov 06
The hospital at which I delivered both my sons put you in the bed and hook you up to IV as soon as you start to dilate. Both my sons were born 3 weeks early but as soon as I went to the hospital I had already dilated so I was immediately put to bed.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Do you think maybe your dates were off, or were they really 3 weeks early?
@Cortney (3986)
• United States
20 Nov 06
i had many complications while i was pregnant and was on bed rest due to pre term labor. I ended up having preclampsia really bad and they enduced me at 32 weeks because my BP was stroke level.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
20 Nov 06
I'm sorry to hear about your problems, I hope you and your baby are well now.
• United States
9 Nov 06
No, thank GOD!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I understand! I moved around during labor also. Did you squat to push? I did! No lithotomy position for me, I gave birth at home with midwives.