On Picking A Specific Date
There was no surprise birth for her as I chose to induce on a certain date. Our initial plan was to go for a National Day baby but I was told that there would be extra surcharge for that, so we scrapped that date and decided on 5 August instead which is 6 days before her EDD of 11 August. Why the 5th? Only 2 reasons – it falls on a weekend & 5th is also the “date” that we had our nikah (5th Nov). Many were questioning us (well, me mainly) because we chose to be induced without much valid reason but I’m the sort that do not like to wait around wondering when I will go into labour. I mean, my baby was on the smaller side and not big so I personally felt that giving birth “earlier” means I could push out a smaller baby since I’m petite & small. I did not wanna take the risk of having a bigger baby which I eventually can’t push out – meaning going for an emergency c-sect. I mean to each his/her own, kan? 😛
Last Minute Preps
So that eve of the 5th, I had my gynae appointment. The baby measured at 2.6kg which seemed like a reasonable weight for me. I told her about my plan to be induced the following day and she was fine with it – provided my cervix was ready. So she did a check on me and told me I was only 1cm dilated but I was good to go if I wanted to. So yay for that! We were told to come in at midnight for admission! This came as a surprise to me as I thought I could just come in like maybe at like 7am on the 5th. I haven’t even assemble the baby cot yet & we had other plans after that appointment that would take up our time till like 7pm plus that day! But all’s well though – managed to run our errands & rushed home to quickly prep for everything that is needed to bring to the hospital and last minute prepping of the room to welcome our princess.
We left home at 11.45pm and got my brother to send us to the hospital. I’m really glad that I picked Parkway East Hospital seh. So darn near to my house – 5 to 7 minutes ride away only! 😂 So admission was quick & straightforward as we’ve done our pre-registration about a month earlier. We were brought up to the labour ward straight for the whole thing to get started! I was anxious excited at that point; orang gila aje yang excited eh to give birth! And that orang gila is me! Anyways, changed into their gown and shortly after, they inserted a pessary to get my contraction started. It needs 4-6hrs before it takes effect so after that, they told us to get some sleep to wait it out. I, of course, had the bed all to myself while the husband had the what-looks-like-a-comfy-chair-for-me. He said it was so darn uncomfortable so he tried sleeping on the floor instead. Suka hati kau lah eh. I managed to sleep for about 4hrs or so while poor husband only managed to sleep at like 4am.
The Start of the Contractions
I was woken up at about 5.30am for an enema so that I won’t shit when I am pushing the baby out. Felt a sharp pain as whatever that was inserted entered my behind. Never wanna feel that again seh! So shortly after I was done relieving myself, I was given IV Pitocin to start contractions. I was still at 1cm at this moment. Fast foward to an hour later, at 7am, I began to feel some kind of a cramp every now and then, like I wanna shit big time but that feeling haven’t pass and you still haven’t shit. Note that I’ve never had menstrual cramps in my life ever and I’ve been told that it feels like one when you start having contractions. So I figured this might be the contractions lah. Somewhere at around 9am, my gynae, Dr Heng paid a visit to see how dilated I was and to break my waterbag. She said was still at 1cm and that after she broke the waterbag (immediately felt “relieved” as I felt the water flow out – it was warm!), it would help accelerate things – which I am all in for! She also did something like turning the baby to 1 side or something (I can’t remember what amidst all the pain). I managed to have my breakfast too although it took me triple the time to finish off my chicken porridge, 2 slices of bread and a small cup of hot milo. Everytime the pain comes, I had to pause my eating before continuing to eat.
THE Laughing Gas & IV meds
I managed to tahan the pain all the way till 9.45am when my contractions were 2 mins apart & the nurse asked if I wanna start the first line of my pain-relief option – the laughing gas since it’s paid for & part of the package anyway. I said ok cause I reeeeeeally wanted to see if I will feel high after inhaling the gas. Yeah, my priorities were all so screwed up. 😂😂 So I used it and indeed I felt like I was up in the clouds floating about, yet awake enough to know what’s happening! I did remember asking the husband some stupid random questions though but nothing embarrassing – I think. 😂 The husband decided to time my contractions again at around 10.30am & saw that it was already 1.5mins apart. I was already closing my eyes throughout to bear with the pain while inhaling the gas. I do feel relieve after inhaling but at this point, I was already darn sleepy and tired. Everytime I wanna sleep, the surge comes so I need to inhale again. I didn’t know if I could keep it up because my goal was to go to sleep to hopefully sleep it off. Kept telling the husband that I wanted the next line of pain relief – the IV meds – but he told me to tahan so ok lah I tahan all the way till about 11.30am where I told him I can’t take it anymore. Then he gave the green light so I got my IV meds in hope to feel relieved and relax. Prior to giving the meds via IV, the nurse checked me again and I was still at 1cm dilated only. About 30 mins later, ard 12.30pm, the meds did NOT have any effect on me!! So I immediately semi-begged the husband for an epidural to which he said to just do whatever necessary for me, since he saw what a great deal of pain I was in. 😂😂
The anaesthetist came shortly after. Of course, risks needed to be explained and forms needed to be signed. I was all ready to sign it off when the husband decided to ask 101 questions. I was already like “give me the darn paper to sign already cannnnn”! So after I signed the paper, the husband was asked to wait outside while the whole procedure was being conducted. I curled up as much as I could as per instructed and then he inserted the needle. Truth to be told, I felt that the hand IV plug inserted was more painful eh. I didn’t feel much, not sure if it’s the after effects of the laughing gas or the IV meds but I would say that there was hardly any pain for the epidural, for me at least. By the time it was completed, it was already about 1.30pm. Dr Heng came shortly after to check on me again. I was at 3cm dilated & was told that I probably had some time to go. So I managed to spend my time watching TV after that in absolutely no pain at all – I never felt happier. Lol.
THE Final Part of the Labour
Around 2.45pm, I called for the nurse to get my lunch cause I was darn hungry so I thought that I could eat and then go to sleep while waiting to be fully dilated. She checked me and said that I could eat after delivery. So I asked lah when I could deliver. And so…
Nurse: You can eat after you deliver.
Me: When can I deliver? *thinking how long more seh I need to wait since I was only 3cm slightly over an hour ago only. I was really darn hungry seh.*
Nurse: You can start pushing already.
Me: Like now? You mean I am already 10cm dilated?
Nurse: Yes, you are!
I looked at the husband and his expression totally changed – like as if he had so many thoughts running to his mind kind. Meanwhile, I was all ready to push! 😂😂 So the nurse asked me to start pushing to get me into the momentum while waiting for Dr Heng to come. Kept telling me push with all my might and hold the push (aka holding my breath in a way) for as long as I can. I was so annoyed eh because I can’t hold my breath for thattt long. Soon after, Dr Heng came and it got intense in the sense that they kept telling me “a bit more” over and over again. She had to use the vacuum during the last 2 pushes while 2 nurses also help to push down my tummy to help her come out. Annnd all of this while I can’t feel anything down below – no pain, no feeling, nothing! I was hoping that I was pushing correctly throughout the entire time eh. Then then then, Dr Heng told me that the baby is out (yeah, I didn’t even feel her coming out lor! 😂). She pulled the baby out from below and the first thing I saw was huge wide open eyes looking at me! She wasn’t crying but was alert! The nurse took her to the open incubator to get her to start crying and veryyyy soon after, she cried loudly and the nurse put her on me!
So after 26 mins of pushing, she was out at 3.26pm on 5th August 2017 with birth weight of 2.359kg and I have my very own daughter named Sarah Nur Leia! Alhamdulillah for this precious princess of ours! 😍😍
You can read my milestones here: All About Sarah Nur Leia