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Old Jan 22nd, 2017, 18:59 PM   41
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With my first birth, NO freaking way. I had to have an episiotomy and couldn't hardly walk for 2 weeks after. My second I was so hopped up on Lortab that I probably was too impaired to drive. My third I left only taking ibuprofen and probably could have driven myself home, but it was really nice to have someone to drive me. So i guess it all just depends on how your birth goes.



 
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Old Jan 26th, 2017, 11:57 AM   42
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I thought of this thread today as I experienced a Braxton Hicks as I was driving. Like previous posters have said, I def wouldn't attempt to drive in labour - BH was bad enough! And afterwards, I wouldn't have been able to drive either. Not only cos of the pain, but cos I felt all "spacey", like the world was moving too fast for my eyes, for several days after. Hard to describe, but from talking to mummy friends, I think it's pretty common.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 08:24 AM   43
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I was totally and utterly exhausted, but otherwise ok. DH had been with me the whole time and was also exhausted but he did the driving.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 11:18 AM   44
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No I COULD NOT have driven. EMCS after 29 hour labour, hospital stay of 5 days after birth and there is no way I could have driven, I could barely walk...



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 11:50 AM   45
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How much discomfort were you in when you left the hospital? Would you say it was minimal enough that you could have potentially driven yourself home?

I ask cuz my dad passed away last year and my mom doesn't drive. I can drive and so can the father, but I'm assuming that he'll never want to see me again once he knows I'm pregnant. I also don't really have any family that I'm close enough to to ask for a ride. Am I a dumbass for thinking I'll be in any condition to drive? lol

(The hospital is only like a 10-15 drive away, btw)
Not read all the responses but it really depends on how your labour goes. I had an emergency section so could barely stand, let alone walk. You'd be safest making alternative arrangements for getting home. Not to mention driving with your newborn for the first time is terrifying! Prob best not to do it just after labour!!



 
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Old Feb 1st, 2017, 10:39 AM   46
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I tore really bad with my first and also lost a large amount of blood. It was very hard to even sit or walk at all nevermind drive or walk home. Also I was passing out from the blood loss for days after. There is no way in hell I would be able to walk or drive home safely. I couldn't even get out of the hospital bed to change my babies diaper without fainting for 2 days after. As much as you have a high tolerance for pain there is so many other factors to consider that could effect your driving or walking home. Drugs (even if you don't plan on taking them during labour sometimes you need them afterwards and people change their mind mid-labor all the time), blood loss (like me you may not be able to walk far distances for a while after as you can lose consciousness), c-section (you can not drive for 6 weeks after as just pushing the pedals can do serious damage like tear your stitches open.), epidural, ect. As for driving in labour...no. Labour can progress very quickly for some people. There is no way you can drive yourself if that happens to you. In a perfect labour and recovery you may be able to but always plan for the worst.

It doesn't sound like it's the answer you want to hear but no I don't think you should plan on driving in labour or home from the hospital afterwards. I would arrange a ride. If you don't want to take a taxi then I suggest asking a friend or friend of your mom's. Even go on facebook and ask if anyone would be willing to help or pay someone privately to give you a ride. All else fails, take an ambulance there.



 
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Old Feb 1st, 2017, 10:53 AM   47
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I probably could have driven, but that's because I was in the hospital 3 whole days--but I didn't have any complications myself, just a mild tear. I was mostly just tired--more chance of my falling asleep at the wheel than pain impeding me.



 
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Old Feb 5th, 2017, 01:30 AM   48
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I love love LOVED my births. I could have popped another one out right away, it was amazing and exhilarating and I'm so incredibly excited I get to do it again!! I never had any drugs at all, both births went perfectly, and like I said I LOVED them so much.

But no, I'd not have been able to drive in labour, noooooo way. I was spaced out in a big way, that's why I loved it all so much cos I was totally in my own space. Absolutely no chance of driving when in labour.

And I wasn't able to drive myself for a few days either. I had short labours (9 hours and 2 hours) but the emotional and physical toll is indescribable. The exhaustion that hits you 24 hours after the birth, then the hormone CRASH on day three, omg no. No driving. After my second birth I felt like a million bucks and was as high as a kite in giggles and love and grins and I was out in the supermarket three days PP with her snuggled in the wrap and felt amazing. But I wouldn't have driven myself immediately, cos those hormones are nuts and I was all about my baby.


I remember being pregnant with my first and I asked advice of things and everyone said NOOOOO it's not like that, it won't work that way, and I was stubborn, and I was sure *I* would be different because those people had NO idea who I was and how strong and determined I could be.

They were right. I'm sorry, please don't be stubborn, no one is saying you can't have an amazing birth too, and feel like a million bucks afterwards too. But don't try drive. If you have your own capsule in a taxi your baby need not come in any contact with the cab at all, and you can focus all on Bub for the drive. You said it's only 10-15 mins, and then you're home to settle again.



 
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Old Mar 6th, 2017, 07:34 AM   49
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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
I had a totally typical birth and I felt extremely sore and tired just walking around my house a little bit when I got home. Please take care of yourself properly, ask a friend or cousin, anyone to drive you.



 
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Old Mar 7th, 2017, 15:22 PM   50
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I agree that it totally depends on the person. I drove myself to the hospital when I was in labour because I want sure if it was really labour and didn't want DH to miss work if it wasn't. And I could have driven home no problem. Definitely a good idea to have a backup plan. I've definitely seen people walking home with strollers but it sounds like you live pretty far away for a walk!i didn't read though all the posts but have you told the father yet?



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