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    Before my first birth, I wish I'd known that unneccessary induction was a really bad idea, and if for some reason induction WAS necessary, to go ahead and plan an epidural early on in the piece.

    Before my second beautiful drug free natural birth, the only thing I wish I'd known/done was to discuss monitoring with midwives before the day. They insisted I get up on the bed to be monitored, and once I was up there the pain tripled and I couldn't get myself back off it, so I ended up labouring and birthing on the bed which I hadn't wanted to do. This time, I'll let them monitor me beside the bed so I can stay on my feet

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    If you are looking at being induced for being over, get acupuncture- it works. You may need multiple sessions, so don't delay too long. Oh and acupuncture for labour induction really hurts, so be prepared for that, but its still get to be better than cyntocin (sp?)


    If you are constipated before birth, seriously do something about it ASAP. Trying to push out a poo after 8 days of nothing is absolute HELL if you have had a tear/ episiotomy. Oh my God- hell!

    Gas does nothing, I had long contractions- 1 min 50 seconds, and the gas would only kick in at the 1 min 20-30 second mark, just as the contraction "comes down"- useless.

    Epidurals don't always work. I had only one side numbed at a time, even though I was turned from one side to the other every 1/2 hr. And even then I could feel the contractions, I just couldn't walk.

    Trust your body. After 18 hours of labour and an epidural, I started feeling the contractions really badly, even after a top up and turning the drip up. I asked the midwife if I was in transition as the contractions were really bad. She fobbed me off and said I had hours to go yet (no internal was done). About 10 minutes later, I felt an anbearable urge to push out a poo, I told her this and was fobbed off again, it was so hard not to push. When my ob came in the room a few minutes later, she did an internal and what do you know, I was 10 cm and ready to push!

    Birth plans are great, but please include a if things go wrong section. I did and when my sons heart rate dropped during pushing, I was prepped for emergency c sectionand ended up having forceps delivery in theatre. Because I included this outcome in my plan, my DH was informed and everyone knew exactly what I wanted to happen with bubs if I couldn't be with him. It made me a lot more relaxed.

    If you have flat nipples, no matter what the experts say, it is possible to not be able to breast feed, especially if your baby is little or has a small mouth. And if this happens, please don't feel guilty- you really tried.

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    I found the gas pretty much just takes your mind off the pain, not relieves the pain. For me it takes me away to another planet lol, i can feel the contraction building and easing off, personally it relaxes me just enough to stop my stressing and let the labour progress quickly hours pass like minutes

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    Default Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    Quote Originally Posted by mousky View Post
    If you have flat nipples, no matter what the experts say, it is possible to not be able to breast feed, especially if your baby is little or has a small mouth. And if this happens, please don't feel guilty- you really tried.
    OMG. This happened to me (combined with early induction and a PPH) but I've never heard anyone mention this specific issue before, even down to the baby's small mouth. Nice to know I'm not alone.

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    Default Re: Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    I wish I knew that it would take almost 20 hours after my waters breaking for anything to happen, no dialation or contractions! I should have slept but was too excited!

    In hind sight, I wish I had told df to jump off a bridge lol
    I was quite happy siting on the toilet... whenever I stood I got really bad contractions, down my legs that were crippling. On the toilet there was nothing. I went from nothing to 3cm in an hour without pain!
    When he called the mw, she made me go to the bed....and that was it. it took another 10 hours to get to 6cm, cintocin drip, epi, gas....it just stalled once I got there...then from over exhaustion through lack of sleep, I couldn't and wouldn't move.

    I wish I knew I was too high risk from my appointments at hospital to deliver there BEFORE I went there once my waters broke. It was already an hours drive away from home, I then got flown another 5 hours drive away to birth my baby. No accomodation for my supporting people, no visitors.
    There was another hospital I could have gone too where it would have been ok, same distance away!

    I wish they had paid more attention to me bf. It looked good so they left us alone. He latched well, sucked, great position... Just I had nothing!!

    I wish I knew that not everyone can bf, no matter what they try or do....sometimes it just isn't meant to be, and that is ok. I struggled with this the most
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    Default Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

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    I must say that I have never seen stirrups in my local public hospital.
    Thats cause they come up out of the bed somehow. Its all hidden in the bed until they need it and just flip it out. Surprised me with it.

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    Default Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    I too was someone who the epidural didnt work for. Well on my left side anyhow. But u now have to labor on the bed and face left/right when they tell u.

    To be honest, you can do all the education classes you want, but for me I was SO scared with my first. It helped with my second to think of labor this way in my head: its just contractions. Alot of contractions. I can deal with that. And then, I can push. Contractions then push. Simple. Helped me be way more level headed and in control and had a much better labor. In the positions I wanted.

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    Default Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    Don't be afraid to ask visitors to leave the room when you have to do things like get baby latched on - feeling comfortable, taking your time and doing it correctly is so worth it.

    That's why hospitals have visitor lounges with tea/coffee etc. or send them to get you a drink or something so they feel useful. Do not stress about them waiting for you!

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    Default Re: Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrissieGal2013 View Post
    Don't be afraid to ask visitors to leave the room when you have to do things like get baby latched on - feeling comfortable, taking your time and doing it correctly is so worth it.

    That's why hospitals have visitor lounges with tea/coffee etc. or send them to get you a drink or something so they feel useful. Do not stress about them waiting for you!
    This is so true! I had so many visitors for DS1 we didn't get a break in between so when I was trying to learn how to breastfeed him it was awkward in front of some people. DS2 was fine because I knew what I was doing and he was a quick learner.

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    Default Labour and Birth - What you wish you had known then?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrissieGal2013 View Post
    Don't be afraid to ask visitors to leave the room when you have to do things like get baby latched on - feeling comfortable, taking your time and doing it correctly is so worth it.

    That's why hospitals have visitor lounges with tea/coffee etc. or send them to get you a drink or something so they feel useful. Do not stress about them waiting for you!
    Yup yup yup. It's hard, and its where DH can step in- its worth it. Make up a signal so he knows hen you're ready for the visitors to leave.


 

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