- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
Due date: 13<sup>th</sup> August.
I had no signs of going into labour at all; no leaking milk, no lost mucus plug, not many Braxton hicks at all, nothing. Saw midwife on Monday the 8<sup>th</sup> august who told me to expect to go into labour around the 20<sup>th</sup> august, as most first time mums are around a week overdue. So I had sort of gotten it into my head that’s that when I would go. We went out for dinner on Monday night (the 8<sup>th</sup>), nothing, no signs, felt really good. I felt good the whole way up, didn’t feel like I was over being pregnant yet or anything.
Tuesday night, went to bed as per usual. At around 1am exactly, I felt something like a kick down below, and all of a sudden I weed myself. I had a big feeling immediately that it was my water breaking, as I had just lost complete control of my bladder otherwise. Went to the loo, and sure enough it kept trickling out. (And did for aaages afterwards too!!!)
It was also a clear colour so no meconium- thank goodness.
Got back into bed, didn’t tell the hubby straight away as I didn’t want a big panic and I have heard that waters can break but labour can still be a wee way off etc. He actually got up to go to the toilet, unaware, got back into bed, asked me how I was, and I said “I’m good. I actually think my water broke.” He said “bull shit!!” And then we started timing the contractions.
Basically as soon as the water broke, I started getting contractions. They were light, like period cramps, but were 2 min apart so we called the midwife. She said because they weren’t that strong, and I was still able to be in bed, that I wasn’t in active labour and to run a bath to help with the contractions. So I did that, and was in the bath about 2 hours. Once I got out, contractions increased 10fold and I was in a lot of pain. After an hour Bill called the midwife again, as they were now intense and were about 1 ½ -2mins apart. She said she would come to our place to assess as I sounded like I was in pain now. It was about 4am then. She checked me at home and I was already 7cm dilated, so off to the hospital we went! Luckily Bill had rung my mum and she was over as well, and drove us to the hospital. Luckily it is close, but Bill said she was going 90kms and through red lights (safely of course!) good there was no traffic on the roads! It was an uncomfortable car ride for me, on all 4s in the back seats!
We got to the hospital and I was able to have a suite with a birthing bath. My original plan was to labour in there to help with pain, but not deliver in there. Once I got in and labour was really intense, I thought I might just stay in there. I had no pain relief, as labour was too quick for it. I tried 2 puffs of gas and it made me feel nauseous and dizzy so I canned that too. It was all me now. I remember asking for pain relief but nope, wasn’t going to happen. So I was labouring in the birth pool, and at 7am was fully dilated and started to push. The birth pool was great until the very end, where for some reason baby wasn’t fully coming out. So they got me out of the pool and onto all 4s on the bed. That’s when I pushed and babies head finally popped out, followed by another contraction and the body. I don’t remember it hurting as much as people said it would – the “ring of fire” wasn’t that bad.) All up about 40 mins of pushing. I actually enjoyed (if that’s the right word??) the pushing part, as it gave me something to do during contractions and a focus, and seemed to help with the pain. I also worked out that with every contraction, if I took 6 deep breaths in and out, the contraction would then be over, so I knew each time I just had to get through the 6 breaths.
Baby came out with an arm across the forehead (good one!) so I had a small tear that required stiches and some grazing. Nothing major. My placenta also didn’t detach on its own, so I had to get that manually removed. That hurt but I was focused on baby and wanted them to just do their thing and leave me alone haha!
I stayed a night in the hospital to be monitored for the placenta, then the following day was discharged and went to another private hospitals maternity unit for 2 nights to recover, get help when needed (breast feeding etc.) and just be taken care of. It was great! (Its free service here in NZ and everyone gets to go to a maternity unit, we have 3 in our city to choose from.)
All up, it was a 6.5hr labour with no pain medication and was a natural birth. I was so bloody happy how it all worked out.
Bubba had a tongue tie, so the first day was trying as they couldn’t latch properly and was hungry – crying all the time and grizzly. It was awful. The paediatrician fixed the tie before we departed for the maternity suite so that was so good as now baby could latch properly. Because the labour was so quick, baby also took in a bit of mucus so was a bit mucusy the first day or 2. That cleared on its own.
Team Green turned into team BLUE!
Name: Cameron James Thompson
DOB: 10 August 2016 (I was 39w 4d)
Time of birth: 7.39am
Size: 9 lb 2 oz.
Length: 53cm (although he still had bended his legs up so was probably longer lol)
He is literally the most cutest beautiful baby we have ever seen and we are so smitten.
Were home now and settling in, trying to establish good routines and breast feeding etc., a work in progress!!!
I hope the pics work below, they dont seem to be loading 🙂