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21/11/2013 at 18:33
Sorry, this is very long, but I had to write it all down!
Saturday 2nd November
On Saturday night, as I got ready for bed, I felt a slightly more intense version of the period pains I’d been having for a few days. Around 15 minutes later, there was another one – and then later, another. I wasn’t sure if this was something starting, so I kept one eye on it but didn’t get my hopes up too much.
Sunday 3rd November
I woke up for my night time toilet trips feeling very disappointed – nothing had come of the little contractions I’d had before bed. At 4.10am I shuffled back from the toilet into bed, muttering “This baby is never going to come out”. I didn’t realise Neil was awake until he rolled over and said “Yes he will, soon”! Then 10 minutes later the contractions started up again! I lay in bed timing them as Neil slept for a couple of hours – they were irregular but roughly every 10-15 minutes. By 6am I felt sure enough that this was somethingstarting up, and woke Neil up to tell him. We talked for a while in bed and then he got up and I dozed for a while.
I was up by 8ish and downloaded a contraction app – in hindsight this was the worst thing ever as I think monitoring the contractions so exactly stopped me from just going with the flow and was actually quite disheartening as time went on… and on… and on… If there is a next time I wouldn’t do this again.
I had a shower, got dressed, and we went for a walk. This definitely made the contractions stronger! By now they were around 7 minutes apart and so when we got home I started bouncing on my ball and put the TENS machine on at a low level. Things continued throughout the afternoon and into the evening, contractions gradually getting more painful but still the same length apart and with no kind of regularity really. I kept bouncing and walking, I didn’t dare sit or lie down as I was desperate for things to pick up and was too scared of them slowing down or stopping!
The pain really ramped up at around 9pm and I discovered that watching Downton Abbey is a bit tricky when you can no longer talk through your contractions and have to get your husband to help you through them! At around 10.30pm I called the birthing centre to let them know. They gave me general advice about taking paracetamol and having a bath, etc. At this point Neil went to bed and I decided to lie on the sofa and listen to my natal hypnotherapy CD to try to relax a bit and get through each contraction. Around 15 minutes later I wanted to hunt down the hypnotherapy woman and rip her head off as she clearly has no clue what she is talking about and I was in absolute agony. My hatred of her persists to this very day.
Monday 4th November
Neil could hear me crying through contractions by the early hours of the morning so he got up and ran me a
21/11/2013 at 18:45
Ahh what a lovely birth story (despite the slow start!) welling up here! Congrats again :)
21/11/2013 at 18:48
21/11/2013 at 18:50
Omg that's an amazing story TT, loved reading every bit of it, it sounds perfect. Congrats again on your gorgeous little boy xx
21/11/2013 at 20:11
TT, that's amazing, I've just had a little cry. Well done you!
I love the comment about the hypnotherapy woman and also the Alexness of Alex x
21/11/2013 at 21:04
aww that is a lovely story, sounds like a perfect start to family life!
22/11/2013 at 08:38
Thank you, there were lots of bits that were definitely not fun but the birthing centre part went exactly as I would have wanted it to.
22/11/2013 at 09:31
Lovely birth story, congratulations.
22/11/2013 at 10:50
22/11/2013 at 16:52
Great birth story TT, glad you didn't wait for 'regular' contractions then! Hope you and Alex are doing well. I'm not in FB so never see these scrummy newborns so make sure you pop back to 3rd Tri for a visit (and a photo flash!!)x
22/11/2013 at 20:12
That sounds like a lovely birth story, very positive overall. Congratulations again.
22/11/2013 at 21:24
It really did seem to go on forever. Congratulations again lovely girl xx
23/11/2013 at 08:19
The birth centre sounds lovely, and great that your H was able to stay. Congratulations
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