Posted: 09/06/2011 at 11:36
I started having very mild contractions at around 6pm last Thursday afternoon. I'd had lots of pains on and of so didn't really think much of it. I cooked the tea and continued sorting out the massive load of washing I'd done that day. We put DD to bed at 7.30 as usual and the mild pains continued along but remained the same and were irregular. I decided to text my mum just to warn her in case things kicked off so she was prepared to come over for DD.
We watched BGT and the pains started to get stronger. We decided to put my tens on around 9.30pm (after checking that the pads could be reused in case this came to nothing!). The pains were now a little stronger but still irregular.
We went to bed at 11pm and as soon as I lay down the pains got stronger. I got out of bed and kneeled on the floor as it was more comfy and we started to time them again. They were now 4ish mins apart so I phoned mum to come over. When I was getting my things together I thought I felt a little trickle of fluid so I phoned the mlu. They said that as my pains were only lasting for 30 secs at a time I was probably only in early labour but as I was querying if my waters were going I should go in so they could assess me but would probably send me home.
I was happy with this as I had a feeling by the time I got there they wouldn't be sending me home! The car ride was difficult as the contractions were coming every 2-4 mins and sitting down was so uncomfortable.
We got to the hospital around 12.45am, I was examined at 1am and was 3cm. As they could see the contractions although still short were coming thick and fast they said we should stay. They made us some tea and toast and suggested that we hang about in the relaxation room as it was more peaceful than the delivery rooms. We were enjoying our toast and having a giggle when my waters went pop! I had to walk back down a long corridor back to our room which was difficult. When we got there I was in loads more pain and they had the gas and air ready for me. Within three contractions on the gas and air I felt the head come down and told DH to go and get midwife while I climbed up onto the bed.
At this point there was no stopping him and he pushed his way out while I was up on my knees and I only had to try to slow it down but was so much easier than pushing. Within two contractions he was born at 1.48am just 48mins since I was 3cm!
I was chuffed to hear that I didn't need any stitches (especially internal ones after having them with DD). We had lots of cuddles with our son and another round of tea and toast (my first cup was actually still warm!) and stayed in the room all together with DH on floor on huge beanbag for the rest of the night. We left hospital at 10.30am and went home to introduce him to DD.
I couldn't be happier with everything we experienced and how DS arrived into the world and I remember every second of it! We were so well looked after and felt in very safe hands. It's a bit if a shame I didn't make into the birth pool though as it was only half filled when he arrived! Oh well maybe next time....... X