WWYD? I'm in early labour but booked in for ELCS in about 3 hours!

(61 Posts)
SunnyUpNorth Thu 27-Dec-12 06:23:19

I am 41 weeks pregnant with dc2. Briefly, last time I was induced at 41+6, had several sweeps over the week prior to that, then had gel pessaries, waters broken, syntocinon drip over a 3 day period and eventually an EMCS due to FTP. Never got past 3cm.

Anyway this time I agreed I was happy to try for a VBAC but I didn't want any sort of induction at all. My strategy was that if I went into labour myself I had a better chance of it being successful and if not I would have the ELCS.

DH and I had totally given up on me going into labour and then typically yesterday I started having cramps and contractions. By 6pm they were every 7mins or so, lasting around 30/45 seconds. By 11pm they were every 4mins so labour ward told me to come in.

I had a show before I left home and then when they examined me I was only about 1cm dilated. Due to previous CS they kept me in and sent DH home. Still having v regular contractions, haven't slept at all and just about surviving on my tens machine.

Really don't know what to do now. On the one hand I would like to give the VBAC a go but they said it could still be hours/days before I am in established labour....if it ever happens. Really don't want a repeat of last time where we had no sleep for days and days and were quite traumatised.

We were psyched up for the CS and as the date had become so close had booked childcare for dd, booked DH's paternity leave etc. So waiting for days and potentially ending up with a CS anyway and then further days in hospital is not ideal.

Think they will examine me again around 8 or 9ish and see if I have dilated at all which will help in making a decision. But I really don't know what to do, help!

Viewofthehills Sat 29-Dec-12 21:04:56

Congratulations, very well done.

helebear Fri 28-Dec-12 20:10:25

Congratulations to you & your family! I've been lurking & wondering how you were getting on, lovely news. Enjoy getting to know your little boy. X

NanoNinja Fri 28-Dec-12 20:07:24

Ah, well done, big congratulations, and welcome baby George!

ovenchips Fri 28-Dec-12 18:59:00

How lovely. Congratulations and you did fantastically well!

ElfOnTheShelf Fri 28-Dec-12 18:12:39

YAY!! Congratulations Sunny on the birth of little baby George - well done you for sticking with it and having the result you wanted. What a wonderful end to the year smile

lainey1234 Fri 28-Dec-12 17:12:26

Love this thread! Had given me some hope for a natural birth next time around - well done!!

Aww, I love a live birth thread that I get to late and there's already a lovely squishy newborn at the end of it grin
Congratulations Sunny and welcome baby George smile

blondassassin Fri 28-Dec-12 16:42:58

Congratulations Sunny and welcome to the world George! So pleased it all went well for you and you will be home with your precious bundle very soon. xxx

FlimFlamMerrilyOnHigh Fri 28-Dec-12 15:35:52

Well done you! Congratulations!

MerryChristMoose Fri 28-Dec-12 15:26:24

Welcome to the world George!

Congratulations Sunny

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 28-Dec-12 15:12:23

Congratulations!!

Melody3boys Fri 28-Dec-12 15:03:34

Welcome to Baby George. And we'll done Sunny for all your hard work. Like Immotaslimjim I'm also nearly in tears! xxxx

Jacksmania Fri 28-Dec-12 14:55:59

Congratulations Sunny and Baby George!!!!!!!

SunnyUpNorth Fri 28-Dec-12 13:34:19

Thanks all!

Quejica - he was 8'15 but isn't actually that chunky, just v long. Think he will be tall. We have named him George. He is a cutie pie!

Quejica Fri 28-Dec-12 13:22:51

Congratulations! I haven't been able to resist stalking you for the last week ( I shall stop now!) and was pushing for you all night!
It will feel wonderful to be back home so quickly. How much did he weigh and will you tell us his name?

So happy for you smile

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Fri 28-Dec-12 12:40:05

Congratulations sunny!

Oh wow just read this to the end and burst into tears when I saw the result!! Thats fantastic, well done!! Enjoy him

Yama Fri 28-Dec-12 12:29:44

Yay! Lovely news. And the 28th is a great day to have a birthday.

Chathampocket Fri 28-Dec-12 12:27:52

Very well done and many congratulations!!

Congratulations!! smile

SunnyUpNorth Fri 28-Dec-12 12:14:49

I am lying in bed snuggling my adorable new little son! He is so cute!

Finally had him at 6.30 this morning....naturally! Labour was quite long but I kept making just enough progress for them to convince me to carry on. Was convinced I'd still end up with a section until they checked me and I was 9cm and it suddenly dawned on me that I might have a natural birth. Ended up with a vontouse as he had turned back to back so every time I pushed him out a bit he popped back in. But it is amazing to think ill be discharged later today and be able to drive and lift my toddler etc. so very happy I stuck with it.

Thanks for all your messages.

Melody3boys Fri 28-Dec-12 12:13:19

Oooooh just started reading this thread and I'm hooked!

All the best Sunny. I hope and pray you are cuddling that lovely newborn right now.

FWIW I had emcs with #1 then elcs with #2. By the time I was pregnant with #3 I wished I'd tried vbac with #2. (My options reduced with number 3 due to a lot of scar pain during pregnancy and the risks of rupture increasing).

Anyway, you're probably either now:
a) in theatre
b) well into established labour
c) cuddling your lovely baby and not caring two hoots about how he/she got here!

All the best. Let us know as soon as you can x

Jacksmania Fri 28-Dec-12 05:41:18

Have we got a Baby Sunny yet?

Sunny is actually a really cute name for a girl smile

Vagazzled Fri 28-Dec-12 01:20:50

Hope you're busy snuggling your lovely baby Sunny grin

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Fri 28-Dec-12 01:03:54

I hope you u are ok OP. Hopefully you are snuggling a lovely newborn by now.

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