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03/08/2013 at 13:21
Sorry it's taken me so long to get around to writing my birth story! Robyn is 2 weeks old today so I thought it was about time I sat down and wrote this for you all.
Wednesday 17th July - Due date
Went off to the midwife for my 40 week check and a stretch and sweep. She said I was 2cm dilated and would probably have the baby by Friday. She told me to go home, have a spicy dinner, go for a walk, DTD and have a hot bath. Due to the apprentice final being on and lack of time I did it all except DTD. It was far too hot for that anyway!
Thursday 18th July
Nothing happened overnight, went food shopping as was getting a few twinges but thought nothing of it. Decided to try a bombay badboy pot noodle as I read online these can help. Had my show today.
Friday 19th July
Woke up at 1:30am with stomach ache, went to the toilet there was a bit of a bloody show. Tried to go back to bed but couldn't sleep so went down stairs. At this point I was still unsure if I was in labour or had stomach ache. I was timing what I thought could be contractions and they were coming 5 minutes apart so I decided to wake H at 2am. Even when I woke him up I said I didn't know if I was in labour or was being a drama queen and just had stomach ache, he said I'd never had stomach ache that doubles me over in pain and to ring the hospital. I called the hospital who told me to wait it out at home until my contractions were 3 minutes apart then head in.
I got my TENS machine on and H was rubbing my lower back every time I had a contraction. They got to between 3-4 minutes apart and we decided to call to say we were heading in as we live 30 mins away from the hospital and we didn't want to be stuck in rush hour as then it could take us an hour.
Arrived at the maternity assessment unit at about 6am, had to do a urine sample and the monitored baby for a bit as well as checked to see how far dilated I was. At this point they said I was only 1.5cm and they were planning to send me home which I was rally worried about living so far away. The urine sample came back with protein in it and when they measured my blood pressure it was raised (which so many dr's and midwives have since said what do you expect when you're in labour?!) but because of this they were worried pre-eclampsia was setting in and I had to stay around to be monitored. Theytook some blood which made me burst out crying as the midwife wasn't very nice and made me feel like I was being a drama queen and I don't like needles! She then said I had to go to the canteen for an hour while they waited for the bloods to come back. This upset me further as I didn't want to be waking around the hospital with contractions that I already wasn't coping very well with.
We went to the canteen anyway and I felt so stupid and that people were staring at me while I was having contractions and grabbing hold of H. He managed to eat a full english, I managed a slice of toast. Eating while having contractions is not the nicest of experiences!
We headed back to MAU who examined me and said I was 4cm and that things were coming along quickly and that I could go to the delivery unit. The 2nd urine sample still had protein in it (no one mentioned the bloods which I completely forgot about so not sure whether they were showing anything) which meant that I had to go to a normal delivery unit rather than the nicer midwife led one which I wanted to and it also meant I couldn't go in the pool as they had to monitor baby.
I was taken to a horrible room which had no windows and strapped up to a machine, it meant I couldn't really walk very far so I was
03/08/2013 at 15:21
Wow, that was epic. She is lovely. As an aside, are you in Essex? We had that blanket for S and she was born in Colchester.
03/08/2013 at 15:26
No we're in Oxford. That was a hospital blanket so I guess they have the same at most hospitals
03/08/2013 at 15:51
Lovely story :)!
She's very cute!
*Blankets are just standard blankets all over the NHS :)*
03/08/2013 at 18:56
Wow, well done for getting through all that - your hospital sounds like a nightmare! Might be worth you putting a complaint in, when you've had time to settle more at home?
03/08/2013 at 21:38
Ah, last time with number 1 we had a different blanket so thought they may have different at different hospitals.
03/08/2013 at 22:08
Wow, what a cutie she is. Always amazes me how quickly they change as newborns.
Sounds like you went through it a bit, not really helped by the hospital.
Thanks for sharing. Now go enjoy those cuddles.
03/08/2013 at 23:35
Lovely story x
04/08/2013 at 09:07
She's gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing. Sorry your hospital stay was so stressful, maybe ask for a review? It really helped me. Anyway congratulations again, enjoy your baby girl! x
04/08/2013 at 09:24
Thanks for sharing, she's very cute!
04/08/2013 at 10:51
Robyn is lovely :) thank you for sharing !!
04/08/2013 at 14:44
Ah she's lovely and has already changed so much! Glad you are settled at home together now x
04/08/2013 at 16:03
She is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear that the hopital stay was not a pleasant experience for you, like others have said, a review may be good for you
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