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Pregnancy and Birth

We speak to Mrs SK, a proud new mum who was induced.........
 
 

How was your pregnancy?

"To be honest I think it went quite well. It was my first pregnancy, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had morning sickness between weeks 6 and 12, which for some reason was worse when I was brushing my teeth in the morning! The sick feeling eased during the day, but never really went until week 12. I found that ginger biscuits helped, though.

I didn't get any cravings, but did get the 'nesting' bug and rushed around the house during the last week of pregnancy getting everything clean and tidy.

I had a small bleed at week 12, which happened to be on the same day as my first scan. They checked things over and said everything was OK. I then had another scan at 21 weeks, when we were able to find out that we were expecting a girl (and they were right!) The midwife came to see me every 2 weeks from 30 weeks onward to see how things were going, which I found really reassuring"

 
 

What was the birth like?

"I had gone past the 40 week stage, so was told that I might need to be induced to help things along. Baby still hadn't appeared by day 12, so I went in to the hospital as planned. Unfortunately they had no bed, so I had to go home again. I went back the next evening, and this time was admitted onto a ward with other patients and given a pessary to start things going.

I went off to sleep, but woke up at about 2am with tummy pains. By 6am the pains were coming every 2 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds each time. The pain was quite intense, and wasn't relieved at all by a TENS machine that I had been given to use. The midwife checked and said I was 3cm dilated, and about an hour later I was taken to the delivery room.

The pain was starting to get really bad, and I asked for an epidural. The anaesthetist came and put the epidural into my spine, but then the midwife checked and said I was 9cm dilated! This meant that, although the pain was gone, I had to wait for the epidural to wear off a bit before I could start pushing.

By 2pm the epidural was wearing off but the baby's head was stuck. I was given a spinal anaesthetic to help the pain, and they tried to get baby out with forceps. These are like big tongs that hold baby's head to help pull them out. They managed to get her out on the third attempt which was lucky as they apparently try three times then proceed to a Caesarian section! They had had to perform an episiotomy (a cut into the buttock) to help her out, but I couldn't feel this being done or when the cut was being stitched up".

 
 

Did you get to hold her straight away?

"Actually, no. I couldn't hear her crying, so got really scared. Afetr a few seconds though, I heard a loud screaming and knew it was all going to be OK. I was shaking whilst the spinal was wearing off, so couldn't hold her for an hour or so. Finally I got to hold her and we went back to the ward together".
 
 

How was the next week?

"I couldn't sit because of the pain from the episiotomy, and this lasted for about a month which I really didn't expect.

Our first few nights were pretty much sleepless as baby was often crying or feeding. I was breast feeding at the time, and my boobs got very big and sore in the first few days. Baby's nappies were also full of thin, yellow fluid and we thought she had diarrhoea - we found out though that this is normal for breast-fed babies.

The mid-wife came for a routine check after a couple of days, and the health visitor came after a week. Baby had lost a few ounces in weight, but we were told this is quite normal"

 
 

And how is life with baby now?

"Really good. Having a baby changes your life and is really hard work, but we wouldn't change it for the world. We're thinking she needs a brother or sister now......"
 
 
 
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