So glad I read this! I had no idea it can slow things down! I'm planning on a water birth.
Good luck! I haven't had a non water birth, but for both of mine it was quite a 'serene' experience. Well, you know, as far as birthing goes! It was all very hands off and my body just did its thing.
DD's was definitely longer and while the bath helped with pain it probably slowed it down amongst other things.
Eta -.as soon as I got there my midwife started running the bath which took about 20 mins or so while she checked heartbeat with doppler and I hopped in the shower. Once it was full I hopped in
I'll come back and write more detail later when I have time. For my first labour I was in the pool during my loooonnnng first stage. Labour was difficult and I didn't find the water much help. I got out to go to the toilet and never got back in. Second labour I got in and loved the feeling. Had baby about an hour later and also had an unplanned but quick physiological 3rd stage in the pool as well.
Just on the slowing things down thing..... True established labour will not be slowed. Early labour may be. In my opinion you should get in when you have a strong feeling that you need it. Listen to your instincts and do that. X
I had one water birth, & one where I laboured in water & got out to push (on dr's instructions). My situation is probably unique in that I have fast labours, so if the water did slow it down a bit, that's probably a good thing! The first labour was 4 hrs, & I spent around 2-3hrs in the water. The 2nd labour (an induction) was 1 hr 15 mins from first contractio to baby out. I hopped in the bath pretty much at the first contraction & got out in the last 5 mins to push. The 3rd labour I wasnt allowed to use water (too high risk) & it was a 30 minute labour. 30 minutes of hell, lol. My hardest labour by far! So in my experience, I'm quite happy if water does slow my labour a bit... but wont work for everyone!
It's so interesting that with the second labour you loved the water but not the first..
I loved the water for pain relief with my first but I was in there for hours and eventually got tired.. And after I got out I was still labouring for another 8 hours or more..
With my 2nd labour, I wasn't given the option to go in the bath.
Both labours were induced so I'm hoping that with a spontaneous labour this time, things will happen faster and more naturally but I want to have baby in the water!
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