On 15 April 2015 at 9.30pm, I was admitted into Gleneagles Hospital in preparation of induced labour on the following morning. The reason for induced labour was mainly due to the fact that I was down with fever, sore throat and cough for the past 2 weeks. Upon discussion with the gynaecologist, we decided to induce the baby at 39 weeks and 6 days (full term) for health reason.
According to many experienced mothers, their summarised conclusion is that each pregnancy gets “easier” but it was otherwise for me. In my first pregnant, I had an epidural injection immediately after the induced drip was inserted. As my body was not adaptive to anaesthesia, I was “overdosed” which made natural labour difficult with the after effects of shiver, nausea and vomit.
For my recent delivery, I was all ready to challenge natural birth without the epidural until my gynaecologist decided to break my water bag to enhance labour. It was the most unbearable physical pain I have ever experienced. I was screaming away at each contraction wave and I literally surrendered to childbirth. In the end, I had to “suffer” double the pain (epidural + contraction). So my advice, just take epidural if you are unsure whether you can tolerate the pain.
After being in labour for more than 12 hours, I was feeling drained and hungry. So the first thing I asked the nurse was: “Do I get to take dinner?” She ordered a confinement dinner on my behalf which I think only the soup belonged to the authentic confinement food category.
Due to the epidural, I was running a fever and shivering right after the anaesthesia wear off. So my body was craving for warm food to ease off the discomfort.
A bowl of warm fish congee for breakfast on the 17 April 2015 to start my day!
Confinement Lunch on the 17 April 2015.
Confinement Dinner on 17 April 2015.
I ordered the fish congee (again) for breakfast before being discharged on 18 April 2015.
Finally can return home although I was having problems moving around due to the many stitches. Many a times, I hear people telling their experiences about how C-sect takes a longer time to heal, etc. But honestly, for someone who have undergone natural birth + epidural (twice), natural birth is just as challenging and the recovery duration may just take as long as C-sect. It had been slightly beyond a week after delivery and I am still feeling some pain in the lower abdomen. So I guess it means more rest since I have to be confined for at least 4 weeks according to the Chinese traditions.
Look out for my next update on my 4 weeks of confinement food sharing and the do’s and don’ts of confinement according to the Chinese Traditions and Practice.
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