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23/05/2013 at 14:27
Grab a cuppa ladies, this is a bit long!
Bit of background- I was under consultant care as big S was so premature. I ws convinced this one would be early too, especially as I was so big so early. At 34 weeks it became apparent that I was going to have the opposite issue this time as baby 2 was measuring off the scale. I was then diagnosed with gestational diabetes and rescanned fortnightly. Baby continued to measure very big even with GD under control so I was booked for induction at 40+1.
I had a couple of sweeps at 39+2 and 4 which didn’t seem to do a lot. I was 2cm dilated at both but no further forward!
Monday 13th May
Went in to the day unit for 7.30am and put on monitor etc. Was dilated enough that they were certain I wouldn’t need a pessary to induce labour which I was pleased about. At 10.30 I was told they didn’t have enough midwives on for me to be started so was sent home. It felt like a bit of an anti-climax really. Luckily we didn’t have too long to wait, I had a sneaky subway on the way home and got called back in at about 1pm.
I got shown to the delivery suite and settled in, all obs done again etc.
I had a midwife and student with me who were both nice. Eventually at about 4.30pm my waters were broken after a bit of a battle as the membrane was tight over his head apparently. I couldn’t believe how much was coming out for hours after! They put me on the drip pretty much straight away so within about 20 minutes the contractions started. I coped pretty well just sitting on the ball for a couple of hours. The room was so quiet that the mw kept asking if I wanted music on but I was just concentrating on breathing through the pain. I decided to go as long as possible without pain relief.
They ramped the drip up every 20 mins or so and the contractions were a lot more intense than I remember them being last time. At about 8pm I decided to try some gas and air but it didn’t seem to do anything! So I asked for diamorphine. It gave me a bit of a rest in between contractions which were every 2 minutes by now but didn’t ease the pain of the actual contractions.
I kept asking when they were going to examine me as I was feeling a lot of pressure. Eventually at about 8.45 I was examined and went from 8-9cm whilst she examined me. 10 minutes later I started pushing. I didn’t feel like anything was happening really. Shortly after the mws swapped shifts. After an hour of pushing I was really tired especially as I’d not eaten since 11am. I kept telling the mw I didn’t think it was working. She decided it must be because my bladder was full so put a catheter in. That did nothing. By 11pm I was begging them to help me as he just wasn’t moving down and the pain was so intense. The mw told me I hadn’t been pushing for 2 hours yet which both me and H told her I had. Eventually about 20 mins later the dr came in and examined me, with a filthy look at the mw declared there was no way I could get him out as he was so big and back to back. As she started telling me I was going to theatre all I could think was ‘thank God this is nearly over’. I then had an agonising wait for them to prep theatre etc. I was practically grabbing the anaesthetist’s pen to sign the consent form.
Trying not to push on the way to theatre was possibly the most pain I’ve ever experienced, as was trying to stay still for the spinal! But as soon as it was in the relief was amazing. Weird sensation sort of feeling them move my legs but the were numb.
The dr turned him with her thankfully tiny hands, delivered the head with forceps and then used her hands to pop his stuck shoulder out. All I could say was ‘please let me get to take this one straight home’. Unfortunately the last b
23/05/2013 at 14:39
Awww! Lovely pic!
23/05/2013 at 14:40
Fab story, you did amazinlgy. I cannot believe how huge he was, what a super job growing him!! He's just gorgeous and, as you know, I LOVE his name!!
23/05/2013 at 14:55
Lovely birth story and what a lovely photo! Hope you are all doing well. x
23/05/2013 at 14:58
Wow big baby you did amazing though well done xx
23/05/2013 at 15:09
Great story, you did so well. I love the picture, big S looks so happy with his little brother! x
23/05/2013 at 15:14
Lovely birth story, you did so well! I love the picture of your boys x
23/05/2013 at 15:26
Congratulations, what a whopper! Gorgeous pic x
23/05/2013 at 15:28
Well done on growing such a big boy! A lovely story too and nice to hear that you're all doing well now.
23/05/2013 at 15:40
What a fab birth story and how very different to last time. Congratulations and a huge well done to you for such a good cooking job! Your boys are gorgeous x
23/05/2013 at 15:49
What a lovely birth story and a happy ending getting to take him home quickly. Very cute picture . Congratulations
23/05/2013 at 15:54
Congratulations again! What a great story.
Must be strange having such a big baby after last time!!
23/05/2013 at 15:59
Thanks for sharing. Nice reading about another baby born at term, following a prem. so happy for you.
Your boys are beautiful.
Thanks everyone. Yes, very different this time. And he sleeps! Not just on me!
23/05/2013 at 16:03
Ooft! WH! You deserve a medal for that! Great birth story, and such a lovely photo! Xx
23/05/2013 at 16:46
Gorgeous photo! X
23/05/2013 at 18:06
Wowzers well done you, forceps in theatre was how I delivered N, how are you recovering?
He's gorgeous, can't wait for a cuddle! Xx
23/05/2013 at 19:23
How cute are your boys!
Massive respect for you, over 11lb and back to back - well done you.
23/05/2013 at 19:47
Must have missed your BA. Congratulations!
What a size too. Gorgeous photo. x x x
24/05/2013 at 06:44
Lovely story and two very gorgeous boys you have there :-) x
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