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07/11/2014 at 23:13
I'm now just getting round to writing this! It may be a bit long!
So on Saturday 2nd August we went into hospital as I though baby wasn't moving as much. Got hooked up to the monitor for an hour, all fine and lots of tightenings. Midwives thought that things would get moving too and baby was just getting ready
Monday morning, 4th August started getting mild contractions at 9am. Walking around made them stronger but when I sat down they stopped. H went to work anyway, this carried on until after lunch where by that time I was shattered from pacing around so went for a nap, contractions then tailed off a bit. Contractions on and off all day until 11pm when they started getting stronger. Got out my TENS machine and tried to sleep but failed. At about 1am I was having contractions about every five minutes and they were quite painful so I phoned the hospital only to be told by the midwife that they were full! I was told to stay at home and see how things went and to ring them back if things got worse. About an hour later I wasn't tolerating the contractions anymore and wanted some pain relief. Phoned the hospital again and was told to come in, they would find room for me. Went in about 2.30am.
Got to the hospital expecting to be on the consultant led care side as I'm high risk only to be told that it was full and had to go to the MLU. I knew I wanted an epidural after my last birth so I wasn't too happy. I got on the gas and air and saw a lovely midwife. I was still pacing the room. Eventually they told me they did have a room and I could have an epidural if I wanted, however they examined me and I was only 2cm so we decided it wasn't worth it yet. My contractions had tailed off again so they transferred me to the ward. On the ward I was given some diamorphine which I've never had before. OMG it made me drunk! Or 'off my face' as H said. I fell asleep, couldn't even keep my eyes open, magic stuff. It did stop my contractions though. Eventually the diamorphine wore off only it made me vomit horrendously, poor H had to grab vomit bowls! Late afternoon my contractions started again, they really ramped up and when I was examined they said I was 4cm so I could go back to the labour suite, only they didn't have a room (again)!
I think I got to the labour suite around 7pm ish and my contractions were really painful. Was put on the MLU again. By this time I was shattered and basically spent a lot of time crying to H that I couldn't have an epidural. The midwife tried to tell me I couldn't have the gas and air and promised me some diamorphine then disappeared for ages. Contractions continued and got a lot worse. My TENS was on full by this point, I think the boost button was on all the time! Got some more diamorphine but by this point I waa shattered. H said that in between contractions I was falling asleep and as I was standing up he had to keep prodding me!
I continued on gas and air and at around 4.40am my waters popped, all over H's feet! It was then I needed to push. I could feel baby descending, and it was then I remembered what it was like from last time! I pushed really hard and he came down quite quickly, the burning was awful, I was just shouting 'Ow ow'! Theo was born 20 minutes after my waters broke after a 44 hour labour on Wednesday 6th August.
He weighed 8lb 6oz and latched on straight away.
The next worry was whether my placenta would deliver as last time it didn't and I haemorrhaged. Luckily after the injection to remove it and massage it came out in one piece (my placenta had an extra lobe). Everything seemed fine but then suddenly a load of blood came out, we called in the midwife and I had to have a line put in, fluids put up and a drip to start contractions again which
09/11/2014 at 09:12
Blimey LLL, how dramatic and long - your actual birth, not your report! ;) Sounds like you coped really well, although what a total PITA you couldn't get your epidural, with such a long labour too.
Congratulations on baby Theo and really pleased the feeding is going well too, know you had a tough time with N. Enjoy your little family!
10/11/2014 at 09:44
Wow well done you for getting through it, I don't blame you for not wanting to do it again! Congratulations x
11/11/2014 at 07:47
Wow, that's some story. Sounds like you did really well labouring for all that time without the pain relief you wanted.
I can completely understand why you wouldn't want to do it again as it sounds very traumatic but so happy to hear you're all doing well now,
Take care x x
11/11/2014 at 15:34
Sounds like you did amazingly well considering you didn't get your epidural so well done you! Congratulations on your little boy, glad to hear you're doing ok now.
14/11/2014 at 17:41
Thanks everyone. I feel a bit sad really as I would like another baby, but the giving birth part and the recovery just put me off. I bleed worse every time so I can't imagine a third time would be more successful. I'll just be happy with my two beautiful boys.
14/11/2014 at 19:54
Do they offer any kind of follow-up meeting at your hospital? Mine did a 'birth reflections' meeting which I found helpful. I had a big bleed post-birth which ended up in a transfusion and I was quite freaked out by it all. The meeting helped definitely. You might not be interested but just thought I'd mention it, hope that's ok x
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