I think it’s fair to say I had an easy ride when I gave birth to Isla. She was a day early (she was actually born on the very first due date she was given) so I wasn’t left to go overdue and my body pretty much laboured her in text book style. I woke up in the early hours of the morning with contractions that slowly increased over the course of the day and I gave birth to her later that afternoon. I remember loosely writing my birth plan down at my very first midwife appointment when I was just 8 weeks pregnant and I never thought I’d see it through but I did. Being honest, at 8 weeks pregnant and it being my first pregnancy, I had no idea what kind of birth I wanted but the midwife said that water births were ‘lovely’ and so I was immediately sold. I wanted to do the majority of my labour at home and go to hospital at crunch time to get in the pool and shoot her out… and that’s exactly what happened. Never ever did I think that’s the kind of birth I was actually going to have. I spent countless hours imagining the most horrific labour – hours of pushing, intolerable pain, forceps, needles, blood, gore, tears but somehow I managed to escape it all and ended up only being in established labour for 4 hours and I pushed for all of 7 minutes. I went to hypnobirthing classes in the months leading up to Isla’s birth and I’m so glad I did as they taught me all about my body, the baby and what would happen throughout the different stages of labour so I knew what to expect and I didn’t panic. The day after I had Isla I wanted to do it all over again and I would say it was the drugs talking but I didn’t have any. I actually enjoyed giving birth.
The midwife who delivered Isla, Marj, and who is my midwife again this time said after the smooth running of my first labour I should plan for a home birth for my second baby. I gave this of all of 10 minutes consideration before deciding I most definately don’t want a home birth and want to have this baby in hospital. In my opinion, you can never be too careful and I’d much rather be right on the doorstep of all the help I need should I need it. I live 15/20 minutes (on a good day) from my local hospital and although that doesn’t sound that far away, every minute counts when things don’t go to plan and that’s not a chance im willing to take.
I have signed up to complete the NHS hypnobirthing classes again as I think a little refresher wouldn’t hurt. Although I didn’t actually hypnobirth with Isla it definately helped to get my mind in the right place and taught me unbelievable amounts about my body and the birth process so for me it worked and I always recommend it to other expectant mums.
I would really like to give birth in the water again but im conscious my hospital only has three pools so this might not be possible. If they are in use already I will be given the option of the bath or a bed birth and will opt for gas and air again as my pain relief. I’m not at all adverse to any other pain relief but if I can do it without again I would be pleased as it worked so well last time.
I can only hope and pray that my second birth will be as great as Isla’s was but I think that may be a little too much to ask. Surely that kind of good stuff doesn’t happen twice?! As with Isla I will prepare myself for all eventualities and if I get to have the water birth I want that will be the cherry on top of the cake!
From about 30 weeks pregnant I will be starting to bounce regularly on my exercise ball and will start drinking raspberry leaf tea, eating dates etc to soften my cervix. Basically everything I did last time in preparation for Isla but I will write another blog post on this with a bit more detail!
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