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    My first was a spontaneous labour, I did the usual, rocked back and forth on all fours, showered for an eternity, slept on and off through the pethidine...had an epi and snoozed until a nurse told me it was time to start pushing.
    Second labour I was induced, baby was posteria- I walked the hospital halls all day, hung out with family and just waited and waited for the labour to get into full swing. It didn't, so in the evening I was given the drip which meant I was strapped to the monitors and stuck in the bed. When labour finally amped up I sucked on the gas through every contraction right up until around 8cms when I had the epi and could relax, watch TV and talk to DH again. I gave birth both times lying in the bed on my back, slightly propped up.
    Fun times!

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    First baby long long labour spent most of the time in the bath and ended up having an epidural.
    Second baby spent hours in the shower, bouncing on the fit ball, rocking on the fit ball, hot packs on my back and sucking on gas.
    Second labour was so much better than the first, I was alot calmer and in control than the first.

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    Default What did you do during labor?

    I didn't realize I was in pre labour for 4 hours
    Then contractions were 5mins apart
    I leant over the couch and breathed thru them. Packed a few more things in bag between contractions and put my makeup on. Lol
    5 hours later I left for hospital fully dilated.

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    Fit ball bouncing, a few walks bust mostly relaxing on the couch and watching movies lol

    I was worried I wouldn't progress as quickly lying down but my Mw told me I would progress just the same standing on my head lol

    It was quite relaxing. When I finally went to hospital I was 8cm and spent the last hour of my labor in the shower. Hot water is bliss!!

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    First labour I was at SIL's house with MIL's there keeping an eye on me. Not comfy at all so I went and laid down away from everyone e else. Ended up you go hospital earlier than I needed to just so I didn't feel like I was annoying someone else. Laid on the bed and didn't move (crap midwife, long story). Ended up in c section due to malpositioning.

    Next 2 labours I bounced on a fitball all night and got to hospital fully dilated. Then proceeded to beg for an epidural, caesarean, general anaesthetic and a vacuum - apparently I didn't need any of those but trying to get them took my mind off the pain. Although the gas may have warped my memory of it, I seem to be very sensitive. Delivered both laying on my back, tried it kneeling but it didn't work.

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    I laboured at hour for 4 hours before arriving at hospital fully dilated. I spent that time making muffins to freeze for my son, leaning over the bench with every contraction. Then I was in and out of the shower all morning. In between showers I kneeled on all fours on my bed with a pillow underneath, rocking, focusing on my breathing and listening to hypnobirthing tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threelittleloves View Post
    I laboured at hour for 4 hours before arriving at hospital fully dilated. I spent that time making muffins to freeze for my son, leaning over the bench with every contraction. Then I was in and out of the shower all morning. In between showers I kneeled on all fours on my bed with a pillow underneath, rocking, focusing on my breathing and listening to hypnobirthing tracks.
    Now that's my kind of labor! A baby and freshly baked muffins

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    With DS1 I was confined to a bed, so I cried a bit then got an epidural and proceeded to crack dirty jokes lol.

    DS2 I baked a cake, did a few loads of washing and cleaned my kitchen, then I was rushed to hospital when things went downhill (I had a placental abruption)

    DS3 - I did the school run and picked DS1 up from school, came home and did a few chores, then my water broke and things started happening quick and I had to rush to hospital again lol

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    No 1 - watched movies and ate food until I went to hospital.
    No. 2 - Meconium stained waters so straight to hospital where I used breathing techniques to get through labour.
    No. 3 - went grocery shopping, went out with the family until contractions wrre 3 minutes apart.Went home and packed my bags, showered kids and watched tv until it was time to go to hospital. 25hr labour. I had time to kill

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    Mostly breathing and visualisation. I concentrated on blowing the out breaths hard, and pretended that every breath was blowing invisible molecules off whatever object was right in front of me. Kind of weird, but it helped.

    When things got more intense I was slumped over a fit ball, banging together a couple of juggling balls (aka Birth Skills), still doing those strong outward breaths.

    My MW (who was fully into active labour and took me for a walk around the hospital grounds), was kind of like a birthing cheerleader, and she was very impressed with my pain management (even though I told her it was mostly just instinctive!), so I must've been doing something right.


 

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