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    That reminds me, I wish I had known before hand that I would be in the small percentage of people who the epidural just didn't work for!! Instead I end up on my back on the bed, hooked up to an Iv, with a catheter and internal monitor on bubs. The epi wasn't doing anything to relieve my pain but I wasn't 'allowed' to move. I've never felt so claustrophobic and trapped in my life!

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    I really REALLY wish I'd been prepared for the fact that despite everyone says that it's what happens, you CAN lay eyes on your child and not fall in love with them instantly. Sometimes it takes time and it has nothing to do with PND.
    It took me a good couple of months to fall for my little guy because I was so tired, sick and exhausted for a long time after his birth that I didn't have the chance to see him as anything other than a huge amount of work. Now he's my whole world.
    So for this bub I'm perfectly aware that it might happen again and I have no fear or guilt about that because I found out afterwards that it's far more common than I thought!

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

    I must say that I have never seen stirrups in my local public hospital.

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    I wish I had drank more during my labour so that I didn't get so dehydrated, and then so exhausted, that I could not continue labouring naturally. This time I will be telling hubby to force it into me. Even if I throw it up.

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    I wish I had know the risks of interventions with an epidural. I also wish I had known the benefit to bubs of delayed cord clamping

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

    Wish I had seen my LC faster basically as soon as my milk was in, this would have meant a less pain and torture on my poor nipples. Those LC are worth their weight in gold!!

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

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    Most birth centres and hospitals in aus encourage an active brith, and whatever position is comfortable for you. Lying on your back and in stirrups is rarely what is comfortable... I wonder how many aus women these days had an uncomplicated birth where there was no reason to be confined to bed and still chose that position? Would be interesting to see
    I absolutely did! Not stirrups but for both mine I wanted to lay on my back and push, I was just so exhausted and in so much it was a natural instinct as its what I normally do when in pain (ie when I have bad period pain, I lay on my back, breath and don't move a muscle)
    I couldn't stand or kneel or do anything but lie down.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Someones Mummy View Post
    I absolutely did! Not stirrups but for both mine I wanted to lay on my back and push, I was just so exhausted and in so much it was a natural instinct as its what I normally do when in pain (ie when I have bad period pain, I lay on my back, breath and don't move a muscle)
    I couldn't stand or kneel or do anything but lie down.
    Me too! I honestly couldn't think of anything worse than getting up but definitely could have tried if I wanted to, I was exhausted too and I did try one other position on the bed and the pain was so bad I vomited everywhere so decided to stay on my back and at first I had a nurse on each leg holding them up then they put the stirrups on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    But my biggest regret is being induced in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnab739 View Post
    Oh and the after pains are the worst! Prepare a heat pack for your stomach before breastfeeding otherwise if the feeding makes them really intense like mine did you will spend the entire feed wanting to hunch over in pain.
    Oh yes, no-one told me about this.

    It gets worse after each pregnancy, sometimes it doesn't happen after no.1. My experience with afterpains was after pregnancy no.2 which was a twin birth - my uterus was struggling with shrinking for days.
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