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

    Any tips for a first time mum? DId you regret anything you did/didn't do while in birth/labour/hospital first time around???

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

    If you are too tired or not up for visitors, then don't have any!

    All I wanted to do is rest and get to know my baby and I was so exhausted but felt obliged to keep answering the phone and seeing everyone who visited. I was almost at the point of hallucinating, I was that tired.

    My second bubba - I apart from my daughter and husband, I had no visitors, and it was PERFECT!!

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

    Be assertive. I had bossy midwives that told me I shouldn't be feeding DS again so soon. I still kept feeding him when he wanted but I almost felt guilty doing so.
    Do what feels right for you.
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    It's an amazing journey!

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

    I regret not hiring a private midwife. I feel that I was lacking advocacy and although I'm very assertive usually, turns out I'm a push over during labour.

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    Having my third I wish for the others that I had known about the idea of calmbirthing, also wish that I had known the secondabours can be much harder then first labours!

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

    Be clear about if and when you would like pain relief. My labour was only seven hours - I thought I had requested an epidural but the message didn't get through. By the time we sorted that out, I waited for three hours and by the time it arrived it was too late cos I was ready to push.

    But also - you can cope with whatever comes your way! I never thought I would handle labour without pain relief, and even between the contractions (which, I won't lie, were hideous) I remember thinking 'oh - I CAN do this!'. So, I would also add, don't be too married to your birth plan. Things happen, complications arise etc.

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    Inductions with syntocinin drips are pretty awful, the contractions are nothing like they talk about in the birthing classes, and if you aren't coping, you can ask for the drip to be turned down.

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    DId you regret anything you did/didn't do while in birth/labour/hospital first time around???
    I regret I didn't educate myself more about the birthing process. Labour was panic stations and fear based and it needn't have been.

    I regret I didn't tell the Head Midwife to take a running jump with her old ways, idiotic advice and overt prejudices. She was a nasty piece of work.

    Tip: align yourself with nurses you like and don't be afraid to ask that they attend you. When I was in the post natal ward I discreetly asked if I could have a certain midwife as the one I got was just not a good fit. They obliged and I was sooo happy.

    Another tip: don't have visitors. It's not rude to make people wait. It's necessary! LOL

    Oh and another tip: If they offer you Voltaren, take it. The hospital has the special supersized version and it made recovery for me so much faster.



 

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