baby didn’t want to budge
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The night before my due date on 28th April I took a nice bath filled with clary sage oil, after using up all the other old wife’s tales the week leading up to it, I went to bed feeling absolutely fine and normal.
I woke up around 4am to go to the loo and found I had a tummy ache which I actually thought was a morning poo haha! So, I went back to bed then realised the period like pains were coming in waves so I quickly realised it was the start of labour for me. I took myself downstairs to be by myself and watched a film while the surges started to come, they quickly started to become closer together and more intense so I woke up my boyfriend and told him to get himself and our 2 year old Arnold ready in their own time and when he got back from nursery we would leave, the journey was going to be a minimum of 30-40 mins.
I managed to get myself showered and even did my hair using my breathing techniques, by this point my surges were 3-5 minutes apart. We then travelled to the hospital which took an hour! And the fantastic roads of Oxford were filled with potholes but again I listened to my mp3s in the car and kept myself calm and in the zone.
Once in hospital they measured me to already be 7cm which I was so pleased about, I moved straight to the ward and went into a room we dimmed the lights and I got myself comfortable stood on the side of the bed. I worked through my surges with Sam behind me and I couldn’t believe I actually liked him touching me this time haha!
After a while I was checked again and hadn’t progressed and by this point I couldn’t move much as my surges were going through my pelvis and back I asked for some pain relief and was told I was too far gone for some so I opted for an epidural as I knew I needed to get out of the position I was in, to progress.
After my epidural I was actually still able to use my legs so I asked to not be monitored so that I was able to stand up again I would have never known I had this option before hypnobirthing! When the Doctor came in and asked if I wanted more I refused because I wanted to feel it, I still had to use the gas and air for my surges and I felt in control.
Not long passed and I was finally ready to push, unfortunately baby didn’t want to budge and was completely happy so after an hour and a half I had some help and baby Albert was born weighing 8lb exactly as calm as the ocean, we even got to leave that night and come home. I was so filled with happiness and joy that I got to make the decisions, definitely more than my first labour and it was what I chose to do.
From start to finish my labour was around 13/14 hours and I would do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat.
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