14 Aug - at 3:30am.. ken cried and wants me in his room, so i went
to his room to accompany him
- at 4:00am.. contraction.. *ouch*.. worried that my water bag will
burst.. but ken refused to let me leave the room.. anyway, the pain
was for a short while only.. so, i just ignored
- at 12:00noon.. contraction..
- at 4:26pm.. contraction..
- at 5:36pm.. contraction.. was talking to lynn on the phone.. asked
her how contraction feels like cos i hv no experience.. with ken,
my water bag burst and immediately went to KKH and put on epidural
alreadie.. so, can't remember..
- at 5:50pm.. contraction..
- at 6:10pm.. contraction..
- at 6:20pm.. contraction..
- at 6:30pm.. contraction.. decide to eat dinner early
- at 6:40pm.. contraction.. decide to go KKH
- at 6:45pm.. contraction.. changed my clothes
- at 6:50pm.. contraction..
- at 6:55pm.. contraction..
- at 7:00pm.. contraction.. on the way to KKH
- at 7:30pm.. few more contractions on the way.. arrived at KKH..
admission.. nurse want to check me to see if i'm in real labor..
i can't even go up the bed.. seeing that, she quickly get me to
- at 7:53pm.. on labor bed, waiting for my OB (Dr John Tee) to arrive..
midwife checked.. 5cm.. i asked her for epidural.. she said have
to wait for Dr John.. meanwhile she get me gas..
- at 8:05pm.. Dr John arrived.. i asked him for epidural.. he said
cannot.. he checked my dilation.. 8cm.. and i suspect he broke my
water bag.. cos the pain was intense! Again i demand for epidural..
Dr John said cannot.. while inhaling gas, i shouted, "I WANT
EPIDURAL".. i still thought that i can be administered with
my all-loved epidural.. but everything was moving so fast.. Dr John
told EM not to give me the gas mask anymore.. suddenly, Dr John
and midwife asked me to push.. but where is my epidural?!? I was
like one mad woman, i tell ya.. shouting and screaming.. "I
CANNOT", "I WANT EPIDURAL", and also chanted "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo"..
e'one told me not to shout and conserve energy to push.. aiyo..
i tell u, these ppl never experience labor pain man.. how can not
scream and shout?!.. in my mind, i was thinking.. this is a great
chance for me to experience REAL labor.. but another inner voice
was telling me, you will sure faint on the bed! and then, in between
contractions, and ppl cheering for me to push, i pushed when i remembered..
actually it was like suddenly i rely on my instinct.. there was
just the few moments, i instinctively know when to push and my mind
just shut the world off.. i heard noises but i was not listening..
suddenly, it was just listening to my body.. and before i know it
i hear cries of bb Wenn..
- at 8:14pm.. Wenn arrives! (a gross pic below.. sorrie to scare
- after 8:14pm.. Dr John stitch me up while i inhale gas once more..
i was swearing at him in my heart..(scroll down for after thoughts)
Thinking back, seriously, it wasn't that bad after all.. mabbe it's
really too fast.. but actually the pain wasn't that bad.. hmm..
either my threshold real high or?!.. in fact, my afterpains* was
even worst than labor.. (afterpains tapered off on day 6)..
i guess, it's just all in our mind.. but granted, if i'm not forced
into this situation, i will never be so courageous.. in a way, i'm
glad.. and this time round, i shed no tears while labor.. unlike
giving birth to Ken, the emotions were so strong that i kept crying..
for Wenn, i just hv no tears.. just hv big big Mommy love!
I just gave birth to my second child, and I am having painful
cramps in my abdomen, cramping that I never felt with my first baby.
What's going on?
Known as afterbirth pains or simply afterpains, these cramps are
caused by postpartum contractions of your uterus as it shrinks back
to its pre-pregnancy size and location. This process, called involution,
begins immediately after birth and takes four to six weeks to complete.
You didn't feel the contractions after having your first baby
because your uterus contracted more efficiently then. Because your
uterus has lost muscle tone during this pregnancy, it has to contract,
relax, and contract again to return to its pre-pregnancy state.
It's this sequential contraction, relaxation, and contraction of
the uterus that causes the afterbirth pains.
Breastfeeding also brings on the pain because your baby's suckling
releases a uterine-contraction-stimulating hormone called oxytocin,
which speeds up the process of involution.