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29/01/2015 at 11:50
Hi, I will be 40 weeks this Sunday with my first baby, I know every labour is different but I am interested to hear about peoples experiances :) Did you go overdue, how long your labour lasted for etc?
29/01/2015 at 12:33
Well my first baby was 10 days late - she came the day i was due to be induced. I was sat on the loo in the middle of the night, really needing a poo - so much so i stuck some pessaries up my bottom to make me go, cause i could feel the poo 'there'. Little did i know, this was the baby!
I went to hosp at 5am, had some gas and air and pethadine, then epidural (which slows things down) and the baby was born at 6.30 that evening. It really wasn't so bad! 30mins of pushing (on my back).
The second baby... different story. 11 days overdue - again, she came the day i was due to be induced (I wonder if my body just let go, knowing the baby was coming that day whether i liked it or not!) I'd had 2 sweeps, lost the mucus plug days before, and i felt some pains during the night. Went back to sleep, but by 7am they conractions were coming every 8mins. Called my hubby, he came home from work (he'd only just got there!) and we were at hosp by 8.30 - had gas and air and one shot of epidural - think the anastheseologist (SP?) who adminstered hit a nerve tho as all the contractions were going to my left hip and i was chronic pain. Still, any more epi would have slowed birth so after an hour and a half, i gave birth on all fours to a tiny baby - a pound lighter than my first and 100% harder to get out!!!! I also pooped myself, but we don't mention that! So, gotta say i had two very different births, but my mental determination got me there. I reckon go in strong minded, tell yourself 'i can do this, i will do this' (which i did with both births, and you feel. Good luck!
29/01/2015 at 12:42
Wow that's brilliant! Sounds like they were both very comfy in there!
I was told bigger baby's are easier to push out becuase there is more to work with lol... although I thought this was my midwife just trying to reassure me ;-)
Thank you, yes I am hoping the adrenalin just kicks in! :-)
29/01/2015 at 12:56
Ooo I love a good birth story thread! Any excuse to tell the story
I started having regular "period pains" every 20mins-ish on the Wednesday. I'd not lost my plug and waters hadn't gone. Pains would stop every so often and I was also able to sleep through them. My poor mum turned up on the Thursday (from 30 mins away) armed with flowers expecting me to have either given birth or for her to be helping me though the first stages of labour but I was still only having the relatively mild cramps. My husband went back to work on the Friday, bored of waiting and to much stick off his friends at work! I went to the midwife drop in centre locally to ask about the pains, at which point they told me I had a touch protein in my urine (they said it could be some plug, although I never saw it) and when they felt my tummy they thought I might be breech - hadn't been at all all the way through. After a couple more midwives prodded me, they decided no, not breech as they could feel his "pronounced nose" - thanks a lot!!
So I took myself off to walk around a 3 mile lake. On my own, probably not the brightest thing I've done! The next day (Saturday) Hubby dragged me out (walking again) to our local coffee shop where I was still timing the "contractions". They reduced to about 5mins apart, at which point I said "yeah, I think we need to go home". I bounced away on my ball and used my Tens machine at home until 5pm-ish when I ran the hospital. Went in, got examined, "no, you're only half cm dilated. But I'll do you a sweep" Ouch!.
Back home. More ball bouncing and Tens machine. Hubby cooked a pizza. I couldn't finish a quarter - he knew it was serious! 8pm rang hospital to go back. Begrudingly let me go back in. Examined me "oh you won't have progressed in 2 hours....ohhhh, you're 6cm!".
Ended up having gas and air and then they broke my waters. Meconium in waters so had to move rooms to "consultant care". Ended up with a shot of morphine at some point which didn't take the pain away at all, but it didn't get any worse.
About 1.30ish I was fully dilated and began pushing. Still pushing 2hrs later and was told if he didn't come out with this one, I'd need forceps. Took this as a challenge and literally pushed him out on the next contraction!
Born on Sunday 31st July, 3.26am.
Oh and there was a poop somewhere along the line from me too.
29/01/2015 at 13:03
Amazing! I love a good birth story too! 😊
Awww haha I've come to the conclusion that pooing during labour is very likely then! 😳
29/01/2015 at 13:49
Yeah, but they've seen it all before. And nothing was said. They just whipped away the sheet thing and disposed of it.
I had a cathetar, a cannula and all sorts which if I'd know before I was going to have all of that and the poo, I'd have been really nervous/embarrassed. But in the middle of labour with all the pain (sorry!) you don't care less. I was just so focussed on getting baby out, nothing else mattered.
29/01/2015 at 14:56
You know i didn't poo first time around (but then i had st on the loo sticking several pessaries up my bottom emptying my bowel as was convinced i needed to poo) That was the baby.
Second time around they gave me an enema in my labour suite as one of the Docs had a feel, said 'you're impacted, need to empty you out or you're going to have a problem getting the baby out'. It worked in seconds - but i still managed to poop myself. I remember saying to my hubby while pushing 'i can smell shit. Oh god i can really smell it. Oh crap i've shit myself haven't i' The midwife was so lovely - she was all 'don't worry about it, it's gone, you're all cleaned up'. I had a shower as soon as i could post birth!
30/01/2015 at 18:06
My daughter was born at 40+4, 30 hours after a sweep (will never know if that actually helped or not!!). Labour was quite straight forward, in the Midwife Led Unit, & I didn't need any medical interventions but didn't get my water birth as I'd been pushing too early so had to get out for midwife to help push back cervix. It was 4 1/2 hours from waters breaking to my daughter being born & 3 1/2 of full on contractions.
As I wanted a home birth for my son I didn't want a sweep as I know that occasionally that can result in them accidentally breaking your water which means you then have a limited time frame before doctors want to intervene. Also, it's important to note (as I didn't know this 1st time) you don't have to accept any medical interventions so you don't have to have a sweep & you certainly don't have to be induced even if you go past a certain date. After 41+5 instead of an induction (which can sometimes result in more medical interventions) you can opt for monitoring where you can have your placenta monitored & they check that everything is ok. Babies arrive naturally when they're ready (As 'late' as 43 weeks) as we don't all carry babies for the same length of time & estimated due dates can be way off.
So my son arrived at 41+6. My waters went at 2.30am (a few mins after phoning the hospital to request a midwife to come) & my son arrived at 4.07am. Luckily my daughter slept through the whole thing! I didn't need any pain relief (I used gas & air with my daughter) & was able to deliver the placenta without the injection without any pain straight into the loo!!
Hope your birth goes according to your plan x
30/01/2015 at 18:35
Thank you your sons delivery sounds amazing..
I had my 1st sweep today at 11.30
(39+5). Midwife said cervix was low
and soft and 1cm dilated so hoping it works! x
04/02/2015 at 23:37
Hope you've now had your baby now & all went smoothly
05/02/2015 at 18:27
Still nothing :-/ another sweep tomorrow so fingers crossed
18/02/2015 at 02:11
fingers crossed baby doesn't keep you waiting too long!
I had my son almost 4 years ago now - he's my first and only child at the minute (TTC number 2!)
here's my birth story:
I woke up about 2am with crampy pains and the urge to go to the toilet so I kept getting in and out of bed through the night until 7am when I had a bit of 'show'. My husband was due to go to work but I just knew that was the day so he stayed at home. I phoned the hospital to let them know and then I went over to my mums to spend the day there. I pretty much just walked about and bounced on my ball throughout the day as I was having irregular contractions. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I even had a BBQ (not that I managed to eat much of it!)
my contractions became regular about 2pm and so I phoned the hospital about 4pm as they were getting stronger and more often. I arrived at the hospital about 5pm and the midwife decided to examine me as I had Group B strep (which I only found out at that point). I was 3-4cms dilated but stretched to 6cm with a contraction.
I began feeling a lot of pressure about an hour later and so they began filling the pool as I decided I was having A waterbirth. I got into the pool and felt great relief from the water..20 mins later my son was born in his amniotic sac!
No pain relief! Just calm, deep breaths and belief in myself!
I loved it and hope I experience the same next time around!
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