This week the lovely Emma @a_mothers_tale offered up some words of wisdom for other mothers and families about to welcome their babies amidst the #COVID-19 pandemic. As promised, today we are featuring her #BirthStory of baby Harry, born just last week.
EMMA | NATURAL LABOUR WITHOUT INDUCTION
Late last Sunday I went into hospital at around 11.30pm because I had reduced fetal movements that day and wanted to make sure everything was alright.
Luckily all was fine, but because I was already 40+4 and 2cm dilated they decided they wanted to induce me the following day. So sent me off with a sweep in the hope that things would get going by themselves.
My tightenings started within the hour but unsure if they would amount to anything I went to my bed…
When I woke up they had stopped, so I started packing bags and making arrangements for the kiddies to sleep over at my sister-in-laws that evening. I think all the running around triggered something as my tightenings started picking up again about 2pm, and kept coming. By 5pm they were 4.5mins apart and reasonably uncomfortable.
I called the hospital who advised me to come in. Simon dropped me off and I went in to be assessed – turns out I was already 4cm dilated, so was taken straight to the birthing suite and Simon was able to come and join me.
From 8pm – 12am I bounced on the ball and the labour tightenings were uncomfortable but definitely manageable… I thought this was going to be the easiest labour to date. However, when they checked me again my cervix hadn’t opened much further, so we decided to break my waters.
Well… game changer!
I went from 0-100 instantly! The feeling was so intense – I remember wanting to run away from my tummy. Eventually I asked them to give me some pain relief, but as soon as I received the injection my body started instinctively pushing.
I started pushing around 1am and at half 1 little Harry made his appearance!
However, the midwives soon realised that I had torn again (another 3rd degree tear), so I had to go to theatre for surgery to repair it [hence my sore bottom]!
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