Labour: Pool birth

This room is from the hospital I gave birth in. My room just had a different layout, although everything in the room was the same.

Before I gave birth I watched one born every minute, YouTube videos, and read a lot of articles on labour. I don't know why I done it because it made me even more nervous! I had no idea what to expect, everyone's labour is different! Reading all those labour stories inspired me to write my own. Enjoy.

On the 23rd May 2015 in the evening I got a dull ache in my back. It wasn't bad, I could hardly notice it. I went to sleep like normal and when I woke up the next morning it was still there and every so often my back will cramp up. It was uncomfortable but I could handle it. I went on with my day as normal and went to my boyfriends house. I wanted to be with his family in case I needed to go to hospital as his parents have a car. Around 7pm my cramps got closer together and more painful. The pain was bearable but the thought I might be pushing a baby out soon overwhelmed me. I started panicking and crying, I was just a mess. I had one of them big exercise balls, bouncing on that helped me calm down. I pulled myself together and started timing the gaps between contractions. Around 11pm they were 6 minutes apart, so we phoned the hospital and they said to come in.

We arrived at the hospital at 23:30, I was 6cm dilated. I had to wait in a ward until I was more dilated. It was a long wait! I could only have one person with me, so I had the babies dad. The midwifes gave me an exercise ball to help move things along. I also brought a hot water bottle with me, the midwife let me into the staff kitchen to fill it up. I was so uncomfortable, and had nothing to do to keep me busy. We decided to go sit on a bench outside the hospital and get fresh air, this is when I realised walking helps so much. We went back to the room, my boyfriend fell asleep on the chair whilst I was walking around in circles. The contractions were getting worse but now I had worked out how to control them it made my life so much easier. At 3:30 I got taken to the birthing room. It was lovely! I had a little bed, the lights were dimmed, and even the decor was nice. I felt so relaxed. I had managed to control my contractions so well that the midwife said I don't even look like i'm having them.

I got into the pool wearing just my sports bra. I highly recommend a pool birth, I could move freely, it was relaxing, and the heat of the pool felt so good on my tummy. Around 4 am was when I started to push. Its not even you pushing, its like your whole body starts to push. It was a weird feeling, unpleasant, and I didn't handle it well. I even told the midwife make it stop, like she can do anything. She told me next time that happens, I need to push with it. Within minutes it came again, and again, and again. Eventually my waters broke, also a weird feeling. You just feel something pop inside you. I had gas and air but ended up using it to bite on instead. Eventually the head came, this was definitely the worse part of the whole labor. It STINGS! I hated it so much so thought it was a good idea to stop pushing. I told the midwife "take it out for me, I cant do it anymore". She calmed me down and said I need to do big long pushes and the head will be out. It took around 3 pushes until the head was out and one more big push for the body. 6:30am I had delivered my beautiful baby boy.

I had a shower after giving birth, I came over dizzy. Next thing I remember was waking up on the floor with a splitting headache and a midwife leaning over me. I had fainted, and bumped my head. I had a little lie down and ate some food. I then had to change my first ever nappy - which happened to be a pooey nappy - in front of the midwife. It took me ages and I used a lot of wipes but I did it in the end. The hospital wanted me to try breastfeeding before I left the hospital, then I got given a load of information and leaflets, and then finally I got to go home.

All in all my labour wasn't too bad, it could have been worse. Most of it was just new usual feelings and at the time I panicked because I had no idea what's going on. I would definitely say my pregnancy was worse than the labour. People say you forget about all the pain after, its true. It feels like it was all a dream. I'm pretty sure i'll remember the pain if I ever have to go through it again.

Thank you for reading, i'll love to hear your labour stories! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

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