I am so excited to share with you the birth story and recovery journey from baby Mack! One of the perks of my job as a pelvic floor physical therapist is working with pregnant and postpartum women all the time and then getting to hear their birth stories. It’s truly fascinating how different everyone’s birth story is and even how different they can be between babies! I had originally planned on sharing this much sooner than 3 months after the fact, but life as a business owner with 3 kids under 3 years is just a little bit hectic 🙂
My due date with Mack was on Labor Day, September 7th. I was convinced throughout my entire pregnancy that he was going to come about a week early (especially when he was down into my pelvis about as far as he possibly could be like 3 weeks before my due date…). I did pelvic floor physical therapy consistently during my third trimester to prepare for delivery so I felt physically ready to deliver. (Want to learn more about how you can prepare? Check out our pregnancy research study HERE).
Wild card birth story
Several people told me that the third delivery is a wild card and often doesn't follow any similar pattern to your previous labor and deliveries. Well that held true for me! About 10 days before my due date, I started having prodromal labor. For those that don’t know, prodromal labor is labor that starts and stops. It is different from Braxton Hicks contractions because they are real contractions that work on dilating and thinning the cervix. This also helps move the baby into the birthing position. Prodromal labor at nighttime is common and I would start having regular contractions around 4:00 PM every afternoon and they would progress in intensity and time throughout the night until about 4:00 AM, when they would just stop.
He finally arrives!
After several days (and VERY little sleep) and a few “false alarms” that had us dropping our kids off at Grandma and Grandpa’s, I woke up at 3 AM on Tuesday (the day after my due date) with strong contractions. We thought, "This is it!" so we took the kids back to my parents house around 7 AM. I spent the rest of the day at home laboring (and watching countless movies). Contractions were not very close together but started to increase in intensity. Around 7 PM I was having strong contractions that were lasting for 1.5–2 minutes long but 10 minutes apart.
We decided to head in to the birth center around 9:30 PM. Once we got settled and I got into the tub, my husband and I had a few last minute conversations about deciding on a middle name (we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl) and how I wasn’t looking forward to pushing a baby out. Before I knew it, I was pushing like it or not, haha. Fifteen to twenty minutes of pushing and he was born (almost en caul) at 11:10 PM.
After all the hardwork...
Both my husband and I were pretty surprised to find out that Mack was 8 lbs, 7 oz when our other two were 7 lbs. But it was so relieving to finally be done with such a long labor process and delivery. Birth is definitely a pretty miraculous event but having three natural deliveries in three years is enough for me!
We then spent the entire next day and night at the birth center soaking up the quiet time with Mack and ability to rest before heading home to our other two toddlers. I still feel that the uninterrupted time at the birth center really helped me start my recovery on the right foot since there’s not much rest once you are home with a newborn and 2 other high energy toddlers.
This birth story was one for the books for me! Definitely a wild card! If you want to read all about my postpartum recovery journey, click HERE.