Sunday, September 25, 2005

Look away now if you're a bit squeamish

Well here it is, the story of the labour...on the Monday night (12th) I got no sleep, the pains were coming stronger and more regular (altho I was surprised that 'regular' meant they were 8 mins apart, then 11 mins, then 9 mins etc etc...). I tried to take a friend's advice of having paracetamol and going back to bed, but it didn't touch the sides! Put TENS machine on (which REALLY helped in the early stages) and sat on ball for hours listening to Enigma! Rang labour ward when contractions were every 10 mins to be told to ring back when they were every 3-4 mins(was a bit shocked!).

When they were every 3-4 mins, had a slightly uncomfortable car journey in the rush hour to the hospital (had about 4 contractions in the car!)... got to the hospital and TENS was no longer as effective, so moved on to gas + air. Was told I was 8cms dilated (yay!). From arriving on labour ward at 9am, to get to the pushing stage took until 3pm, and amazed myself by doing it just with the gas + air (ouch!). After 1.5hrs pushing, I was exhausted and the baby wasn;t coming out, so ended up having an epidural (after I'd done all that hard work as well!) and a Ventouse delivery, but the epidural didn't cover 'down below' (only the contractions), so I could still push the baby out myself (and gain a second-degree tear to bargain!)

All in all it was a very traumatic and stressful day for me and hubby, but we got there in the end!! The end result was definitely worth it, she's gorgeous... had some problems breast-feeding in the beginning, Elise lost too much weight, so having to express milk + do bottle feeding as well. Seems to be doing the job, as she's put all the weight back on... right, I'm off to have a nap now!

6 Comments:

At 12:26 pm, Blogger H said...

wow. Well done you for coping with it all. It is the damage to down below that really puts me off the whole thing.

 
At 1:22 pm, Blogger billy said...

..yipee...well, yipee that mum and daughter are doing fine and all is well now :^)...

...and can we *big up* hubby at some point - assuming he was there, I know from past experience that it is a hard thing to sit through as a partner :^(...

...well done you though :^)...

 
At 9:48 am, Blogger michelle said...

yes billy you are right, v. traumatic for the hubbies too. he did very well, bless him :o)

 
At 3:28 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Congratulations Michelle - best wishes.

 
At 12:51 pm, Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Congratulations, albeit a bit belated. Hope all is still going well!

 
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