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15/04/2014 at 16:35
Hello! In case anyone was wondering thought I'd update. Went in for induction 8am Sunday at 40+8 for large baby and slightly overdue. Started with Bishops Score of 2. Had pessary Sunday, 2 rounds of gel Monday.
Between monitoring I was walking, walking... round the hospital, round the car park, even to the local pub for a lemonade! Lots of pelvic pain and tears but I kept pushing on. Monday evening I started work on the stairs, did 360 steps before I felt too rubbish and gave up, resorting to the birthing ball. Several bouts of 'labour' across the 2 days including last night where contractions started at 3 mins apart, went to 1.5 mins apart, very painful, was put in own room and at 11pm I had yet another (!) vaginal examination with a view to having my waters broken. I was not dilated at all!! "Just a dimple". Cue tears from me!
They wanted me to have pethidine to try and sleep but I compromised with more codeine and sleeping tabs. Bit of a crap night, sleeping pills were fab and effective but contractions were strong so I was waking regularly at first. Contractions petered out and stopped about 4am. Sent home this morning for 48 hours to rest, go back Thurs 8am (40+12) and start the whole induction afresh.
I was very upset and worried but we found out this morning that my Bishops Score has gone from 2 to 6, so cervix is short and soft. Consultant and midwife both think there's a fair chance of spontaneous labour, and suggest we shoot for home birth! And if not they're pretty sure that a second induction a bit further on will give the outcome we need.
So I ache like crazy and am knackered, and god knows when I might get back to work (had booked out 3 weeks totally before my 2 days a week, and we're on week 2) but it seems baby is well, comfy and my BP has lowered back to my norm. So maybe I can let myself hope that perhaps Saturday-ish I might get to cuddle my baby!
15/04/2014 at 16:53
Oh Counter - really hope that baby Baxter makes an appearance before Thursday!
Hope you are doing as well as you can in the situation!
15/04/2014 at 17:14
Fingers crossed Baxter appears soon lovely x
15/04/2014 at 17:46
Oh no you must be so frustrated. Fingers crossed things get going soon and the home birth goes to plan
15/04/2014 at 17:47
Hope baby appears soon and of their own accord!
15/04/2014 at 18:03
Oh Counter! S/he is way too comfortable in there. You must be so frustrated. I guess this means that Harry will be back home at least. Fingers crossed things happens very soon and when they do it'll all happen pretty quickly and you might still get your home birth!
15/04/2014 at 19:09
Sorry the induction was not a success. Really hope you go spontaneously into labour and get your home birth after all.
15/04/2014 at 20:15
wow, I've never heard of anyone being allowed home following an unsuccessful induction. When I was discussing it then I was told that the next step was c-section. Fingers crossed everything starts off of it's own accord for you very soon.
15/04/2014 at 20:22
Sounds like you're holding up really well. take care & fingers crossed for a spontaneous labour x
15/04/2014 at 23:13
Keeping my fingers crossed that you get your home birth!
16/04/2014 at 06:34
Counter, all my sympathy vibes lovely, that's seriously sucky. You must be so fed up. I really hope that this means you get your home birth in the end though. Xx
16/04/2014 at 08:00
Hope you go into spontaneous labour and end up with the home birth you really want. Come on Baxter! Hope you're doing ok lovely.
16/04/2014 at 08:54
Counter, I can't believe how much you've already been through, this isn't fair at all! I bet you are tired and fed up, I know I would be. I really hope things kick off naturally and you have your home birth, you sure do deserve it. I look forward to hearing an update :) xx
16/04/2014 at 10:05
Thinking of you lovely lady, hope things are progressing - baby HAS to come out at some point! xx
16/04/2014 at 12:04
Thank you kind peeps. Appreciated!!!
So hard for a control freak like me to sit back and await my fate, ha ha. I'm used to deadlines and goals and trying to make things happen. Maybe it'll do me some good to not be in charge ;)
On the plus side, my lovely, lovely husband and I have had more time together this April than we've ever had before. There's always been so much going on in our 2 years together... So I've loved laying on his chest watching hoarding programmes or walking up and down the dirt track alongside the hospital holding his hand debating our favourite books/films or reminiscing over the naughtiest kids in school. We've had lots of giggles - very embarrassingly he actually made me wet myself a little. We were being silly after yet another internal exam where they aborted breaking my waters. I was sitting, legs akimbo, he was trying to cheer me up, we were laughing and I whispered 'stop - you'll make me wee myself', and he pointed at the pad they'd slipped under me for when my waters broke and said 'go for it, you're on a pad, make the most of it?!' And because we were on a ward I was trying to stifle the laughing and be silent, and instead I weed myself a bit. Probably not something to admit but I have zero body dignity at the moment
16/04/2014 at 13:41
Haha! Oh Counter, at least you can laugh about it all! It must be so frustrating, particularly with the added pressure of returning to work so soon in the background. Glad you and your H are making the most of it now though, part of the reason I've loved having H on paternity leave is that we haven't spent this long together since we were on honeymoon (exactly a year ago), and it's just lovely having him around so much.
Maybe Baxter is holding off a bit so you can have your home birth still. Fingers crossed!
16/04/2014 at 13:57
Oh Counter, Fingers crossed for you. xx
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