I'll give you a quick run down of my last labour - which was 3 weeks ago
I was induced at 39 weeks for GD.
Internal showed I was 5cm dilated and could be stretch to 7cm.
Waters broken, painless contractions till 8cms and 15mins after that my daughter was born. From start to finish it was a total of 43mins!
No tearing or stitches!
My ds2 was also born quick after being induced 10days over. Waters broken and exactly 2hrs later he was born. Labour was written down as 55mins.
Good luck tomorrow not all inductions are horrible!
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10-06-2012 23:51 #11
11-06-2012 11:34 #12Senior Member
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I LOVE this thread!!! Keep this lovely birth stories coming ladies!!
11-06-2012 12:19 #13
I had a student physiotherapist give me an hour long massage while I was in labour and it was so amazing I almost fell asleep! The majority of my labour it was so easy to breathe through the contractions, I hardly noticed them. It was just the last hour that was a bit ouchy, as I dilated 5 cm in 1 hr but thats to be expected. It was fun just hanging out with my DF in the birthing suite, joking around waiting for our baby to arrive though. I was so relaxed and calm and i have only good memories! All the best with your induction!
11-06-2012 13:06 #14
I was induced with my first because of HB. I would very willingly be induced again. I spent 3hrs in a hot bubbling spa, sucking on the gas during contractions, then up to have my first internal, which was at 9.5 and was told I could push when I felt I needed too. I had an epi to prevent a bigger tear, and 4 hours after the drip started my contractions my son was in my arms finding his way to my nipple for his first breastfeed.
I wouldn't change a thing about my labor, and am hoping next time it is exactly the same!
Best wishes for your labor, if they were that bad no one would have more than one kid and the human race would be extinct. It is something your body is designed to do and everyone there only wants the best for you.
11-06-2012 13:25 #15
I also didn't realise I was in labour until arriving at the birth centre and being told I was 7cm dilated.
The first sign of contractions was at 12:40am (not that I realised they were contractions ) at 39+5. woke with really mild, pretty painless period-like cramps. Went back to bed, woke at 2am as DD was doing her little aerobics routine in me. 4:30am I did a load of washing as the 'cramps' weren't subsiding...
6am I woke dh and said I wanted to get some panadeine so I could sleep. Finally paged the middies at 7am and was told to head in for a check (it was a Sunday morning, stupid me was being considerate, plus I had to hang the washing!) As I mentioned, arrived there after an hour long car trip to be told I was 7cm and wouldn't get my panadeine or rest.
I had a water birth so jumped (not literally) in the bath and DD was born about 3hrs later. All up, it was just shy of 11hrs from first painless cramp to her birth.
I had no pain relief at all, dh jokes he could have used some though as the support handle in the bath was digging into his neck :what: I did end up with a 2nd degree tear which was nowhere near as bad as i feared them to be. I loved my midwife, she was fantastic and reassuring. Once she 'suited up' I definitely knew we were almost there!
Good luck with your bubs arrival - just trust that your body will know what to do and at the end, all that pain is quickly forgotten when you hear that first tiny squawk of a cry
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11-06-2012 13:27 #16
Birthing for me was easy they just chopped me open, and baba was out. I did not feel a thing until later that is...but the drugs were rather awesome...was just drooling on my pillow for 4 days each time.
My mother had 3 of us naturally and I was the smallest at 3.5kg and a little early, 36 weeker. My youngest brother were 4.8kg, she was induced and he took 20 minutes from first contraction to out.
11-06-2012 13:44 #17
I love this thread!!!!
I'm due in 9 days and have heard nothing but horror stories! Maybe it's just everyone I know but no one has had anything positive to say except the whole 'it's so worth it at the end' thing.
Everyone keeps asking if I'm scared too and I'm like 'no because i know I'm not the first and I won't be the last to do this. I'll deal with whatever I'm dealt because there's really nothing I can do about it'. I have a relatively high pain tolerance so I think I'll be fine. I'm hoping to have a drug free (gas if anything) water birth.
Sorry for the kinda off topic rant
11-06-2012 14:01 #18
I just had my first baby 18days ago. My waters broke at 11:30pm on the Wednesday. I didn't have any contractions so I waited a couple of hours before going to hospital. Contractions started soon after arriving and they just felt like period pain. I breathed through them and in between I ate and joked around with my DP, mum and MIL. I used heat packs, massage and hot showers as pain relief, until around 8am Thursday when I started using gas. Contractions only became what I would say was really painful just before I needed to push. And then pushing was just exhausting, not so much painful. Felt like i needed and was doing the worlds biggest poo lol! Pushing took an hour. Labour all up was 13hrs, but totally bearable and enjoyable for the most part.
Good luck with your labour!
11-06-2012 21:02 #19
What a positive, honest and reassuring thread! If this is the last bit of info I ever encounter about birth before I go into labour, I'll be very happy!
Thanks everyone for sharing. I know I'm a second timer, but these stories have really calmed me!
OP, great thread!
11-06-2012 21:47 #20
My waters broke on a Wednesday at 2am. Nothing happened until the Friday. I had very mild contractions until 11pm then real labour started. I stayed home, my DP was on the phone to my middy, who recommended the shower. I stayed in the shower, which really lessened the pain. At 2am I told DP we were getting in the car and going to hospital. When we got to the hospital my middy did an internal and said I was only 4cm!!!
I could feel pressure down there so decided I needed a poo. I went to the toilet and felt so much better sitting on it and not 'pushing' as such but not holding it in either.
After sitting on the toilet for a while I walked around to help the pain. Pretty much 5 mins later, which was only an hour after we arrived at hospital, I had the uncontrollable urge to push. My middy heard me grunt and helped me into the birthpool where DD was born less than an hour later.
The middy couldn't believe how quick I went from 4cm to baby.
For me, contractions were painful, not unbearable, but honestly, yes they were painful. However pushing was such a relief. It took away the pain for some reason.
Crowning was also a little painful, but also totally bearable.
I have 4 tattoos, one of which is very detailed and was 3 hours of agony.
I'd rather give birth.
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