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Old 04-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #58
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Re: 10 hours of pushing. Yes, I said pushing. Anyone else go long??

Wow! I don't know how you handled that! You're like superwoman! My first was in a hospital and I think I maybe pushed for an hour. It was exhausting!! Any longer and the hospital I was at would have tried to strong-arm me into a c/s.

The rest of my babies were born unassisted at home; two came out via "fetal ejection reflex" where I just kinda breathed them out (took just a few minutes) and the other I actually pushed, but it was still only 7 minutes. That 7 minutes, though...wow, I was beat. Seriously.

Thinking about the fetal ejection reflex, I'm wondering if you ever experienced that during your birth. Not just an "urge to push", but a diarrhea-like expulsion of baby (yes, sounds gross, but it's also completely accurate in describing the sensation ). Some woman can be fully dilated for hours or even days before their bodies are actually ready for pushing. Maybe that was the case here, where it took your body a while to realize, "oh, we're doing this now?"
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