Okay, so today I found myself reflecting on my labour and thought it might be useful to do a post on childbirth. Much like pregnancy, every labour is different. So whether you’re a c-section mum, or a vaginal birth you still delivered a baby regardless of how you delievered.
I feel that a lot of the time, pregnant women are told horror stories of other women’s labour…I don’t understand why this happens as I remember how terrified I was of labour because of all the horror stories I was told but it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be ( it was still the worst pain I had ever experienced) but it wasn’t what was described to me.
Approaching your due date
On approaching your due date you may find that you’re experiencing braxton hicks contractions more frequently, however unless they’re regular it’s highly unlikely it’s time to head up the hospital. Your body may go into ” slow labour” which is something I experienced and it was terrible, it basically means you’re labouring but very slowly…to be in active labour you have to be 4cm or more and your waters may have gone, however with slow labour it’s not that simple. I was stuck at 1-2cm for over a week but because I wasn’t in ” active labour” I was advised to stay at home and have warm baths and paracetamol until it progressed more, I don’t think I can even give any advice on slow labour because it’s just horrible.
Ah, active labour…the moment when the pain is picking up and suddenly everything you’ve tried to prepare yourself for over the past 9 months is happening and you’re not at all prepared for what you and your body are about to endure. There are so many different pain relief options; gas and air, pethodiene and an epidural. Personally pethodiene and gas an air was my godsend, I’ve never known relief like it…and I still joke on how I slept through labour, I would sleep ( courtesy of pethodiene) wake up for a contraction and use gas & air through my contraction then fall back asleep, but like I keep saying, every labour is different. I’ll never forget the moment I was telling the midwife I needed to push, she told me to listen to my body…I kept saying I needed a wee but I couldn’t go, so after looking at the CTG machine the midwife started to notice that when I was having a contraction my little boys heart rate would drop but would take too long to pick up, aswell as this my heart rate was too high yet my blood pressure was low. The midwife fast bleeped a consultant who came in and tried to catheterise me…now I didn’t see how much weethere was but apparently I filled a kidney dish, however my boy was STILL stuck. The decision came for me to have an assisted birth with a vontouse delivery as my little boy was in fetal distress. After a long time pushing, I put my hand down to feel my sons head which is a feeling I’ll never forget, he was so early here so I gave it my everything and after 30 mins – an hour of pushing my boy had arrived, weighing a heafty 8lb 11oz, so my advice for active labour would be listen to your body, keep drinking and be prepared for stitches…after 2 tears and an episiotomy things have never been the same down there!
So despite how painful childbirth is, it is without a doubt completely worth every second. Make sure you have good, supportive birthing partners and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to stick to your birth plan!