Over this past weekend, during the childbirth classes, we learned so much new information that I had a whole list of questions for my doctor. Before taking these classes, I was of the mind that why would anybody put up with pain if you didn't have to. Which meant that our plan was to yell for an epidural as soon as we get into the delivery room.
Over the 2 day classes we just took, I learned that as soon as I get that epidural:
- I am confined to my bed. No moving around, no walking the halls, no changing positions to move the baby into a better position, nothing.
- I cannot eat or drink anything anymore, not even jello and popsicles etc.
- Since I won't be able to feel part of my body, the nurses will have to help me move legs etc. and the urge to push will feel different.
- I can ask for that epidural up till the very end. She said I could be 10 cm and if I can sit still for it, I can get it.
- I can also ask for other IV narcotics to relax and rest for a while, as long as I am 5 cm or less. That way, if labor goes too long, they can give me something so I can rest before starting again.
She also sent me to the Women's Health Center at St. Agnes for an ultrasound to measure my AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index). They measured me and told me it looked perfectly fine. Oliver is measuring at 3 lbs 10 oz which they said was good.