Ava’s Birth Story…

I can’t believe I am writing this! I still cannot believe that she is here. During pregnancy you feel like your gonna be pregnant forever. Even though my pregnancy seemed to fly past, I still had a moment where I felt like it was never really happening.

My labour and delivery was a completely different experience to when I had my first.

On Friday 23rd November I went to my usual 38 week midwife appointment. My bump was measuring quite small so as the rules they have to follow I was sent for a growth scan. I was having growth scans throughout my pregnancy anyway but my last one was at 35 weeks where the growth seemed to have shot up and baby was measuring on the big side. After my growth scan the results showed the growth had sort of stayed the same. The doctor reviewing my scan decided to get a second opinion from a consultant and her boss. When the doctor returned she told me that they wanted to induce me due to static growth and with my due date just over a week away it was best to just have baby then.

This obviously came as a big shock and I immeditely called Jack so he could pass by home and grab our bags!.

My pessery was put in at 10pm and they checked me to see I was 1cm dilated. This pessery had to stay in for 24 hours. During this time I had mild cramping but nothing major. As I had not gone into labour, I removed my pessery at 10pm Saturday night and you then have to wait 6 hours to see if your body will progress with labour on its own. This again did not happen so a doctor came to check me at 4am. I was still 1cm but he could feel babies head had moved down. He then put the next stage in, a gel which is stronger.

5am I could feel some contractions starting. They started to very quickly ramp up and i was checked again too which I was 3cm. Active labour starts at 4cm so I was not quite ready to go upstairs to Labour and Delivery, and as I was progressing quickly, they did not bother to break my waters. I asked for some pain relief as the contractions were coming very quick and were getting very intense. I had pethidine and within 5 minutes I was actually in tears and was asking for an epidural. My midwife tried to explain to me that the pethidine has not yet kicked in and I should try and wait for it to kick in too see if it will give me any relief.

By this point it had only been about 5 minutes since they gave it to me, but I knew I needed to go upstairs. I began to get a lot of pressure and I could feel my body trying to push. My midwife checked me again as I told her about the pressure and to all of our suprise I was 7cm! we could not believe it, I was only checked about 15 minutes beforehand.

My midwife rushed us up to labour and delivery and my body was pushing whilst we was in the lift going up. All I could hear was my midwife telling me not too push, but I couldn’t it was literally out of my control.

When we got into the room I was transferred beds and I grabbed the gas and air! I began too push and within 12 minutes Ava was born at 6:55am weighing 7lb 2oz, the same as her big sister.

My total active labour was 25 minutes and pushing was 12 minutes. I still cannot believe how quick it was and how quick everything progressed.

My labour, although I was induced, was a lovely experience and I was home the same day at dinnertime back with Mia. I missed her so much!

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