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I also would like to note that although I was on magnesium, IV fluid (b/c of the magnesium) and a pit drip, I had a pain-medication free delivery. Would I have rather had "no interventions"/a completely natural labor? Yes. But, I am proof that a woman can have a pit drip without having to have pain meds/an epidural and feel that they are delivering as naturally as possible - this was important to me.

I hated having those three needles in my body (I called them my "Christmas tree" as the large metal stand stood in for a tree during my December delivery). I also hated having to take a "break" during my pushing phase to have vials of blood taken for my tests - taken every 6 hours. This was incredibly difficult, but as any woman in labor can attest to, it is not the worst thing in the world. I have a healthy baby and that is all I asked for during my pregnancy.

HELLP is a serious matter that is not spoken of widely - I may have been more freaked out during my labor if I had known of the possible complications.

August 11, 2011 - 9:33pm


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