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    As a PP said, an open mind. I ran with it and didn't set any expectations. Despite having an epidural about 28hrs into it and delivering with forceps I have no regrets or bad feelings about the birth. I think it was amazing

    Also DH was amazing. Support is critical for me. I grabbed his hands and shook them back and forth through contractions - for some reason it really helped!

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    During my contractions I didn't want anyone near me, so unlike lots of PP's I didn't really need DH in such a big way. The midwife popping her head in every now and again telling me I was doing fine was enough. So my important things were things to keep DH occupied, because while I wanted him there, I didn't need his active help.

    We had a contractions recorder app on DH's smartphone. I would tell him when a contraction started and then finished, then it would tell us how long he contraction went for and how long it was between them. It involved DH and he felt needed because I was always asking him about my stats. He's a very logical minded man.

    Also, the midwife gave him a very important job. She ordered him to always have a bottle of water with him and to make me drink some after each contraction. I stayed nicely hydrated, and again DH felt useful.

    Contraction app, water to drink, shower, standing, swaying hips, vocalising, squatting to deliver...that is my labour in a nutshell

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Tens machine- the epidural you have when you aren't having an epidural
    This! I used the tens from hours 9-16 of labour, then the bath, and managed 21 hours drug free

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    Icypoles were a Godsend to me. Perfect for a bit of electrolyte/sugar fix for energy and the icy cold made my sweaty contractions easier to cope with.

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    Thank you everyone for all your advice and sharing your experiences. I will defiantly be bringing along a lot of those useful bits and pieces to help make things easier. Am trying to go in with an open mind and to remind myself that billions+ of women have done this before me and my experience is my own :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluekrushbabe View Post
    Thank you everyone for all your advice and sharing your experiences. I will defiantly be bringing along a lot of those useful bits and pieces to help make things easier. Am trying to go in with an open mind and to remind myself that billions+ of women have done this before me and my experience is my own :-)
    Yea! Also, I always thought women eggagerated how pianful birth was so I went in with a "I can handle a few contractions and some burning" frame of mind. As unrealistic as it was, it helped being so over confident beforehand. You can do iiitttttttt!

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    The only thing that came out of my bag during the labour was mizone (sports) water.

    Also I was famished after the labour so will bring food for afterwards with me next time.

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