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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:53 AM   11
kksy9b
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I could have driven home (uncomfortable but manageable) but no way I could have driven myself to the hospital while in labor. When I went in my contractions were 2 minutes apart and incredibly intense. We were about 15 minutes from the hospital and it was amongst the worst pain I had ever had having to sit during that ride (lesson learned for this time- be in the back on hands and knees). Where our hospital is though is all highway so it would have been a danger to myself and others to be driving at those speeds. If it had been quiet roads with very few other vehicles, I suppose I could have managed. Is there a neighbor or someone that would be able to help? Or if you go to church maybe one of the pastors? I would definitely have a backup plan so you're not scrambling if things turn out different than expected.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 13:49 PM   12
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First three, no way, last two, no problem.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 14:36 PM   13
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Totally depends on your birth. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to. I left 4 hours after the north second time and no way would I have driven.

By the same token I wouldn't drive here in labour either! Idefinatly couldn't have. I struggled to be a passenger in labour. Was the worst part of labour for me, the ride there!



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 14:55 PM   14
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It is your best interest to take a cab both ways driving home is possible but driving to the hospital while in labor is very dangerous for you and baby. Maybe even take the ambulance in and get a taxi home. I'm in the US and they won't let you leave without someone to drive you home so I would look into that from your hospital.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 17:48 PM   15
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I'll definitely look into some kind of back up plan, but I'd rather walk home than take a cab. I'm sure my mom will pitch a fit when I tell her I'd want to drive. lol



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 19:14 PM   16
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I would say it's not a good idea at all regardless of how the birth goes. I think you should either get a friend or take a cab. Perhaps baby daddy will surprise you



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2017, 04:06 AM   17
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I had two straight forward births with no pain relief. I would not have felt safe driving either time. I was so weak and exhausted, and with unpredictable after pains, I'd be scared I'd be a danger to us all.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2017, 04:39 AM   18
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I very nearly delivered in the car so there is no way I'd have been in any fit state to drive myself to the hospital. I had DD in a midwife unit so was home 5 hours after delivery. Between the raised adrenaline, increased dopamine, and exhaustion from just having given birth without pain relief, I would not have been safe to move the car, let alone drive it home. My labour was 3.5hrs start to finish with a full nights sleep the night before too.



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2017, 12:17 PM   19
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After birth I could have driven. While in labour, absolutely no possible way I could have driven myself to the hospital. I couldn't sit down, I had to kneel in the back seat facing backwards and holding onto the bars of the dog barrier for support while my OH drove.

You also have no idea how your labour is going to go. I was planning on a medication free birth as well, I am also a trooper and have a very hight pain tolerance. I have done a lot of very painful physical activities in my life (triathlons, ultra-marathons, etc) that require a lot of mental toughness to power through the pain. I still ended up with an epidural. It wasn't so much due to the pain, but just utter exhaustion. I was in false labour for two days and then active labour for 36 hours. I hadn't slept in three nights and was getting hysterical from lack of sleep. I needed an epidural so I could have some rest. So although I felt physically ok after the birth and could have driven, I wouldn't have been allowed to because of the epidural.

I think your best plan would be to take a cab both ways. Driving with your hazard lights on and pulling over every few minutes to have a contraction will be dangerous for both you and baby, and other drivers on the road.



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2017, 01:33 AM   20
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I required a c-section and was not allowed to drive until given the all-clear from my doctor 6 weeks after the birth. I did not plan on a c-section but had no choice after 40 hours of labor and not progressing past 3 cm. In the unlikely event that you need a c-section, it is likely that your pain medications will prevent you from being able to legally and safely get behind the wheel. I'm hopeful that you can avoid this, but it's definitely something that you need to think about ahead of time.

Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you need to be induced. I was given pitocin the last time, and while I'd like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance and originally wanted to try for a drug free birth, pitocin makes the contractions feel so much stronger that I needed the epidural. The anesthesiologist who administered it told me that everyone who gets pitocin always ends up with an epidural.

I certainly would not plan on driving yourself to the hospital while in labor as you would very likely be at high risk for causing an accident, which can not only put you, your baby, and your mom in danger, but other drivers and pedestrians as well.

Good luck with finding a solution that works for everyone.



 
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