Surprises during birth

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BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 15:37:48

So I had ds a week ago and was thinking of the things that happened during birth that surprised me. Even though I've read countless books there were still things they didn't mention.

I had a home birth with no drugs or gas and air just so you get a picture. Just 12 hours of labour, 6 was full on pushing.

Shivering - for the last half an hour I convulsed and shivered. Poor dh was freaking out thinking I was fitting. Midwives didn't really raise an eyebrow, just said it was strong hormones.

The pooing - I know a lot of people poop but I pooped a little bit at almost every contraction for 6 hours. Watching dh fishing around the birthing pool with his wine sediment sieve with a horrified look on his face was brilliant.

Mucous plug - I'd been looking forward to seeing my bloody show for weeks lol. It happens way into labour near the end and came out like a rocket. There was SO much of it!

Waters breaking - I was also looking forward to this. Either a big gush like you see on the telly where you go into labour or the trickle trickle to let you know it's on it's way. What I wasn't expecting was giving a really good push, a really loud POP and half a gallon of brown smelly water flying all over the sofa (which I hated so very glad). He'd pooped inside which I knew could happen I just wasn't expecting the mess.

Anyone else get some shocks?

AmberLeaf Sat 30-Nov-13 15:45:27

The looooooooong loud farts.

I had to warn the midwife a couple of times to stand clear! grin

I found the waters breaking quite nice, like a really satisfying wee.

The lovely relieved feeling when the placenta came out.

Congratulations on the birth of your son flowers

The euphoria when the pain stops!!

I never saw any of my three mucous plugs or placentas sad and <boak>

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 17:04:30

The placenta coming out was lovely wasn't it!

My midwife insisted I inspect mine very closely. Bluergh. I just thought that rather than saying it as I wanted to look like a good hands on Mummy. It was sat next to me in a bowl for half an hour after the birth as I wanted everything to transfer to him before the cord was cut. It pulsated like some horrid alien for a while.

Another thing that suprised me was the way I had to have total silence for 6 hours. Every time anyone talked or touched me I'd fly off the handle. I could deal with the pain if I was in my own zone and people talking brought me back to reality. My midwife starting to knit pissed me off. Gave me the impression there was a long road ahead!

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 17:07:32

I was horrified when both of my midwives were holding a leg each and them and dh were all face into my moomin cooing at his head and I let out this rip roaring stinky fart practically in their faces. They all fell about laughing because of the suprised then horrified look on my face was apparently like something out of a carry on film.

CPtart Sat 30-Nov-13 17:25:28

How, even though I was told not to push by the midwife as I was fully dilated yet still on the ante natal ward, when my waters went with a bang my body took over and was pushing involuntarily.

How long the umbilical cord was, I asked for a right good look.

Yes, the euphoria when the pain stopped. I was in stirrups being stitched and felt on top of the world.

AmberLeaf Sat 30-Nov-13 18:27:31

Yes the involuntary pushing was quite amazing. Made me wonder why in the films they tell the Mum to push, you don't need telling! your body just does it.

LovesBeingHereAgain Sat 30-Nov-13 19:08:24

My biggest shock was a finger up the bum afterwards shock

Rosencrantz Sat 30-Nov-13 19:14:00

Love this thread! Marking my place!

EssentialCoffee Sat 30-Nov-13 19:21:26

I was shocked that it was nothing like on tv, I was very calm the whole way through and didn't scream, shout, swear, moan etc., I was in too much pain and just concentrated every effort on sucking in as much gas and air as possible!!

LoganMummy Sat 30-Nov-13 19:23:32

Loves - me too!!

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 19:26:44

Loves lol, have to agree, finger up the bum through me!! What did I push out of there!!?? I never asked and still don't know lol!!!!


oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:13

Oh, I went through two different - first was epidural (straight off I knew I wasn't going to cope with the pain, as much as I wanted all natural, just knew) and was good I did - was pretty much pain free until last moments -

Second, my OH didn't want me to have an epidural, so stupidly didn't, OMG, there's no amount of gas and air that helps, after 12 hours, I screamed for an epidural, he shouted at me when midwife left (prick even called me selfish), but when they put me on my side to get it, Ds2 shot out!!!

Wasn't prepared for that, I was sat wrong for too long, just needed to be in the right position!

ZaZazebra Sat 30-Nov-13 19:40:25

Puking repeatedly with the contractions as they were so painful.

Wetting myself (or it could just have been the waters that kept coming and coming and coming and coming) with every painful contraction such that I'd gone through a pack of maternity towels before I'd even got to hospital.

gaggiagirl Sat 30-Nov-13 19:42:14

I thought that when babies head was out,that the baby was born. I was friggin annoyed when having DD that you have to keep pushing to get the shoulders out too!

Also the involuntary pushing thing. No one told me that the pushing just happens on its own.

Chopsypie Sat 30-Nov-13 19:48:23

Every idea I had about birth and labour went out of the window. I wasn't going to blindly follow drs orders but was going to question and explore alternatives.

Nope did exactly as I was told, when I was told. Everything went out of the window, and I totally put all my trust in the dr/midwife

kelper Sat 30-Nov-13 19:48:26

I hated noise too. I'd made a lovely playlist, but the second dh turned it on I was screaming at him to turn it off!
Nearly falling asleep during full labour, I was so tired although my labour was only 9 hours, it started at 1am so no sleep.
And my waters didn't go til about an hour before I delivered ds, I was in a birthing pool and it just felt like a fart. But there was meconium so I had to get out of the water then sad
I don't know if I poohed, dh won't tell me blush

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 30-Nov-13 19:51:56

I'd forgetton about the shivering!
My biggest surprise was giving birth without being sick or pooing basically everyone in the world had told me that I would vom everywhere and poo so that what I expected sad on giving birth to my lovely dd my first thought was 'thank god she's here ok' second thought 'she's beautiful' and third was 'yey I didn't shit myself'

BoohPear Sat 30-Nov-13 19:55:21

flowers congratulations!

For me it was that I didn't realise that when you're ready to push it makes you feel like you need a wee and a poo with every contraction. I clearly remember shouting this regularly before the midwife who didn't think I was very far along shuffled me out of observation and into a room!

And yy to the involuntary pushing, they told me to stop and have a breather after I got the head out but my body had other ideas!

geekaMaxima Sat 30-Nov-13 19:58:16

That my contractions never became regular. NEVER.

They were an average of 4 mins apart when I went to the birth centre, but were actually going 2 mins, 5 mins, 8 mins, 3 mins..

Right up to the moment ds finally popped out, the gaps between them stayed totally unpredictable. I did drop off for a quick doze during some of the longer gaps while I was pushing, that was nice grin

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 19:58:27

After 5 hours of pushing I crawled into the pool and fell flat out asleep between every 3 minute contraction. They got me on tape, head back, snoring and everything. Then I'd wake up and scream for two minutes!

Wasn't expecting to sleep lol.

EasyCompadre Sat 30-Nov-13 19:58:44

I'm yet to do this for the first time (already nervous about April...) but WHAT?! Finger up bum?? But why?! I'm glad I'm at least aware of it before the event now!

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 19:59:49

I never also realised I had such a vocabulary when it came to swearing!

Can someone please also tell me what they pushed back up my bum????

I also loved the fact that whilst stitching up my vagina, midwife said 'oooh, feel like I'm doing a 'Sampler' (I googled after to find out what that was, but think my vagina would have shouted back at her if I knew then what it it was!!!!)

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:00:29

I did a wee and poo with every contraction for 6 hours! How there was that much in there I don't know.

Another surprise was eating and drinking quite far in, even near the end. I nearly choked on a muffin during a contraction though.

DawnOfTheDee Sat 30-Nov-13 20:04:15

I had ended up with an EMCS with DD1 so don't think I got a finger up my bum. As I'm pg with DD2 now and hoping for a 'natural' birth please could someone tell me what the finger up the bum thing is about? TIA

Lurleene Sat 30-Nov-13 20:04:20

With my first the biggest surprise was when an actual baby came out. It had been going on so long I think I'd forgotten why I was there.

puntasticusername Sat 30-Nov-13 20:05:10

Oops what do you mean, your OH didn't want you having an epidural? Why on earth would it have been his decision...?

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 20:06:48

The finger up the bum is to check you haven't done any damage. They ought to ask and explain why like my lovely midwife. It must be a shock if they don't!

The shock for me was how hard pushing was and feeling absolutely nothing from transition onwards. No pain relief then, and I honestly couldn't feel the contractions any more or DD crowning (with her hand by her head!). It was a bit odd actually but I'm not complaining.

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 20:08:02

Easy Just go with the drugs my lovely, and believe me, when baby is in your arms, you tend to forget everything that came before straight away!!! (and that tends to be the moment they stick a finger up your bum!!!)

Easy yep, giving birth can be 'arrrgghhh', but tell you what, that moment you've got little babe in your arms is the best moment in the world!!

That's why we all do it again!!!! xxxx

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 20:08:19

So e.g. I had a tear and they were checking it didn't go into my anus. Also I think you can prolapse. And piles grin

sapphirestar Sat 30-Nov-13 20:09:01

I thought it was a suppository painkiller they put up your bum after, I just assumed because I'd had stitches but never asked! The midwife did come round with another several hours after the birth.

NaturalBaby Sat 30-Nov-13 20:11:22

This is going to sound insane but I honestly did not expect to have to push so hard. It was only for an hour but I had burst blood vessels round my eyes from pushing so hard. I did hypnobirthing so was expecting to breathe him out grin.
Ds2 and ds3 obliged by flyin out within minutes before I realised that I was fully dilated.

All my babies cords were really short - I could only lift them to the top of my bump.

Finger up the bum?!? wtf??

CecyHall Sat 30-Nov-13 20:11:53

I always thought that the waters broke you cleaned up and carried on, I didn't expect the first gush and then a bit more every time I stood up. It seemed to go on forever keep coming out.

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 20:12:32

punt long story, and we 'live and learn' (he was told I may be in labour longer if I had an epidural, and he needed to get back to his 'other kids', it was his weekend to have, and ex wife was hardly understanding, even though I was 'giving birth')

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 20:17:16

sapphire sounds like that's another possibility but definitely not in my case. I had to beg for paracetamol on the ward and it took 24 hours to get any (bad 2nd degree, lots and lots of stitches). Ouch sad

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:19:27

I had a natural birth and didn't get a finger up my bum. That would have added insult to injury!

This is after birth I know but I'm so shocked that I have no control over my bowels.

I've pooped myself several times in the last week. sad

I don't actually think this is 'normal'. I guess ds must have damaged something on his way out.

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Sat 30-Nov-13 20:20:23

Well, the finger up my bum was definitely a suppository (sp?) painkiller, I think ibuprofen but not certain. (Obstetrician asked me if I had asthma before doing it.)

Anyway, my own big surprise that I was mostly ok with the labour and birth pain with varying degrees of pain relief each time, but that the stitching was actually the most uncomfortable bit, even with G&A!

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 20:22:34

Cecy twice I was two weeks over and had to have my waters broken both times!

The second time I was being 'looked' after by a new bod, who was being 'looked on' by an old girl who just kept shaking her head because she was hurting me every time she tried to break my waters - she couldn't do it -

Eventually, 'new bod' went on a lunch break, 'Old girl' then came straight in, gave me a massive cuddle, told me to 'suck hard' on the gas, she was going in - she pretty much 'clicked her fingers', and my waters were broken, no pain at all - that's experience for you! She told me she was training new bod, but she was so good x

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:24:02

It didn't occur to me to take any painkillers until about 5 days later! Bloody hippy midwives.

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 20:24:35

Oh I'm so jealous! I got the wrong kind of finger clearly grin wink

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 20:27:35

glorious lol!!!!!
haha x

SunnyL Sat 30-Nov-13 20:29:13

How it was even possible to go 3 days without sleep (back to back baby so loooong labour) and yet despite being shattered when baby arrived I couldn't sleep and could only lie there staring at her.

How it would be possible to fall asleep while a room full of people went excavating up my foof (needed manual placenta extraction).

onlysettleforbutterflies Sat 30-Nov-13 20:32:26

My big surprise was how much the contractions actually hurt, I genuinely wasn't expecting it! Don't know if it was because I was induced or not as I only have one dc. Was also shocked when it all went tits up and I needed a ga for the c-section, I hadn't even thought about things going wrong.

I think I was blissfully naive, which was good as it meant I wasn't worried about the birth at all!

PatTheHammer Sat 30-Nov-13 20:32:41

That it was like pissing razorblades when I had my first wee afterwards. That was with no stitches or tears, just a tiny labial graze.

Ouchy, ouchy ouch! And it was in the bath....Christ knows what it would have been like just sat on the loo.

Plus the size of some of the clots that pass afterwards. I was shocked, saved a massive one for the midwife to see (thought there was something going terribly wrong inside) she took a cursory look and told me it was perfectly normal. I would HATE to see an abnormal one!

therunnawaybride Sat 30-Nov-13 20:36:55

Oh Christ yes the shakes!!! I got them just after; I shook ridiculously uncontrollably midwife with dd told me it was adrenaline and gave me a little massage which helped smile
Don't remember getting a finger up the bum but I did get a doctors hand almost up to the elbow up my fanjo as I wouldn't stop bleeding and he wanted to make sure there was no placenta still up there confused

therunnawaybride Sat 30-Nov-13 20:39:01

Oh yes pat the clots are bloody horrific aren't they!? I did the same thing after my first grin

Fozziebearmum2be Sat 30-Nov-13 20:45:20

Oh yep, finger up the bum blush and the horrendous pain from stitches! Birth was fine, happily do that again but not stitches..

The g&a! Loved it-would love a tank to keep in the corner of the room was like being completely drunk minus the hangover

GeeinItLaldy Sat 30-Nov-13 20:45:55

That I didn't swear. Not once. I had applogised in advance and everything because I can be vocal and tend to swear a lot even under normal circumstances. Turns out I'm utterly silent in labour.

The other surprising thing is that no one knows when or where my waters went. Examined by consultant who ordered me to be transferred to delivery to have my waters broken (I was induced). Half an hour later in the delivery room, midwife goes in to break waters and they were gone. No one has a bastard clue when or where they went, least of all me thanks to the vast quantities of G&A I was sucking in.

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 20:48:43

Every thing was horrific!!! But come on, who wouldn't do it again for that feeling when little warm one is put in your arms and you get that first look at him/her????

Worth that surprise finger up the bum every time xx

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Sat 30-Nov-13 20:58:18

Ooh, YY to a personal tank of G&A blush....

BikeRunSki Sat 30-Nov-13 21:04:20

The shivering got me too. I had an emcs, i thought it was a reaction to the anaesetic.

SolitudeSometimesIs Sat 30-Nov-13 21:07:51

The finger up the bum is to check they haven't stitched your back passage up when fixing up any tears. They probably do put pain killers up there too but it's definately to check that it's still open.

It's also why they ask you haev you moved your bowels when you're in hospital.

Birth is a glamourous business isn't it.

CrazyThursday Sat 30-Nov-13 21:08:06

My roaring. I couldn't help but roar. In my head I sounded like a gargling dinosaur but DH said I wasn't that bad confused

How I felt amazing afterwards and though I'd had an easy pregnancy just how relieved I was not to be pregnant anymore.

No finger up bum here (home water birth no g&a or stitches)

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 21:19:14

Crazy I was in a ward after I gave birth listening to a woman in the next 'booth' complain about how much noise the other woman made 'groaning' -

Then I realised she was talking about me -

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 21:26:25

solitude the finger was pre stitches here. Sounds like there are many possibilities. Who knew!

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 21:35:07

lol, just wish I was pre told bout the 'surprise finger'!!

Still, I'd love to have another xxx (baby that is, finger expected!!)

puntasticusername Sat 30-Nov-13 21:36:01

oops ah, ok. I shall reserve judgement then, sounds like a tricky situation all round!

jellyfl00d Sat 30-Nov-13 21:40:24

If it the finger was pre stitches it was probably to check the extent of a tear or look for trauma.

The shakes & poohing is really common, a high percentage of women do!

The clots can be bigger than you imagine too blush

LoganMummy Sat 30-Nov-13 21:40:29

The finger up the bum for me wasto check my stitches hadn't blocked anything up there.

But it was AFTER the midwife popped her finger in that she told me why!

glorious Sat 30-Nov-13 22:28:26

jelly that's what the midwife said in my case smile

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 23:06:24

oops who complains about another woman moaning in labour?!

Was she pre, during or post? Either way, what a cow!

I holler-screamed during the first few hours of pushing. And called my lovely, adorable midwife a c word. :S

The last two or three hours I went silent and screamed internally though. On my birthing record the midwives did for me they've recorded most of the amusing (their words not mine) things I said. "I want vodka" "I've changed my mind" "you're all fuckers, I'll pay you twice as much if you give me some pain relief" and begging dh to tell me where he'd hidden the cat's Valium and my Xanex for dentist trips.

LittleTownOfBOOTHSlehem Sat 30-Nov-13 23:18:22

The most common phrases I've heard...
'Im not doing this anymore'
'Im going home now'
'Pull it out of me'

Plenty if swearing thrown in too!

oopsadaisyme Sat 30-Nov-13 23:20:18

Bummy thats it, if I have another, your my birthing partner!!!!!! xx

BummyMummy77 Sat 30-Nov-13 23:31:44

oops women make much better birthing partners. I told dh countless times "nottofuckingtouchmeduringacontraction" and to please stop asking me ridiculous questions like - do I want music on - do I want to watch the new Downton Abbys now- and the best - have you seen my iPad?

Bless him.

Another shock was that I just hadn't thought how much I'd hurt and ache the next day. I think the only things that didn't hurt were my toes and nose. I even bloodied my knuckles punching the wardrobe.

oopsadaisyme Sun 01-Dec-13 00:19:34

Bummy lol xx

My mum was my birthing partner first time round, and she constantly drank bottles of 'volvic' (which was actually gin and tonic) !!! 12 hours in she was pissed as a fart and made me laugh all the way through!!! (she bought in cakes and chocs for the midwives, everything 'He're you, have this!!'

Miss her very much lol xx

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sun 01-Dec-13 00:32:51

I had lots of prunes in the morning.

baby was born at 10pm, but not before I farted so much stinking farts that DH almost threw up and even the midwives eyes were watering.
I literally gassed them, proper chemical warfare style!
despite wanting to keep the delivery room warm they had to open the windows so they can breathe.

I can't look at prunes. and for the next birth we took two cans of air freshener sprays!grin grin

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Sun 01-Dec-13 00:34:35

For me it was the fact that the umbilical cord looked like electoral wiring. I was expecting something a lot more like a big blood vessel.

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Sun 01-Dec-13 00:35:16

Electrical, obvs.

oopsadaisyme Sun 01-Dec-13 00:38:23

Seriously talking, I wasn't expecting the 'pull feeling and bleed' after birth, it really hurt, especially if you have stitches, god that's a killer -

ScientificProgressGoesBoink Sun 01-Dec-13 00:43:39

That with every contraction from about halfway through onward, it would feel like the world was trying to fall out of my ass. I say on the birthing ball for most of my labour because I was genuinely worried about the pressure I felt down there....I sat on that bastard thing for about 7 hours and my legs killed me the next day! smile

That contractions would slow once established and I'd have to have an I'V drip to get them going again, and that the intensity and pain from that would utterly break me. Having had an epidural second time round I so wish I had had one with my first and not been so puritan about doing things naturally...It would have made a horrible experience so much more positive.

The shivering and the vomiting - but if thought that was a reaction to the epidural.

The massive wave of complete and utter love I felt not just for my baby, but for DH too. After everything I went through I'd have thought I'd have been more inclined to rip his balls off grin

CointreauVersial Sun 01-Dec-13 01:01:16

The bit when the head comes out - OMG it burns, like someone has stuck a red-hot poker up your jacksy. No one warned me about that bit.

It is also very weird how you go from incoherent, writhing, screaming pain during a contraction, to complete calm, chatting about the weather etc. seconds later.

Three births, and no finger. I missed out, clearly.grin

LovesBeingHereAgain Sun 01-Dec-13 08:44:03

Sorry to worry/surprise some of you re fub (finger up bum) but think it's to check everything is ok cause of all the pushing glad it wasn't just me lol

BartBaby Sun 01-Dec-13 08:56:44

I had an epidural, but I was surprised that when it came to the pushing part, I realised I wasn't really sure what to do. I'd read up on pretty much everything in pregnancy and birth. But not the pushing bit!

Also wasn't expecting the gas and air to send me to cloud cukoo land. Very trippy. And what seemed like half an hour, was actually 5 hours waiting for the epidural. Time just didn't make sense anymore.

Also surprised in the difference in contractions after having to have my waters broken to speed things up. I thought they were pretty bad before hand. I was very wrong!

I also wasn't expecting to lose so much blood after that I passed out, and it took them over an hour to bring me back round. I missed - the placenta being delivered, thankfully any surprise fingers up the bum, being stitched up and my son getting weighed and dressed.

I was warned about the pooing (unsure whether or not I did this) but nobody mentioned the piles! Most embarrassing moment of my life thus far when the midwife gave me my cream for my piles infront of dp. Although thankfully he never mentioned it.

I also have no recollection of any of my midwifes in the hospital or any of the doctors (and at one point there was a few). On the tv programmes they always seem to have great relationships with the lovely midwifes. Not sure if mine weren't particularly nice midwifes, or that I just had other things on my mind grin

I'm hoping there will be less surprises with dc2 due in April!

trinitybleu Sun 01-Dec-13 09:50:28

BartBaby I lost all track of time as well. Felt like the student MW was asking if I wanted an epidural yet every 5 minutes or so, when actually it was hourly. I didn't want it too soon and was staying mobile so said no, and then all of a sudden it was too late! Once I'd had DD I asked why it was light outside, thinking it was about 1am when it was actually 7!

geekaMaxima Sun 01-Dec-13 11:39:45

I love this thread smile

My biggest surprise was how the linear 3-stage labour thing they show you in antenatal classes doesn't apply to everyone...

It took me 48 hours to get from 1cm to 2cm dilated confused, 4 hours to go from 2-10cm, and 2.5 hours to push DS out. My midwives were even more surprised than I was!

BummyMummy77 Sun 01-Dec-13 12:57:55

I was shocked at the time thing too. I kept demanding to know HOW much longer it would take and needed a time by which he'd be here. I was obsessed. Apparently all I said for a space of three hours whilst I was draped over the birthday ball was 'how much longer'? It felt like 2 minutes though.

Must have been incredible boring for midwives and dh! Well I know it was because one of them started bloody knitting!

pixiestix Sun 01-Dec-13 14:55:36

The shivering
The puking
The sheer volume of the liquid when my waters broke
Trying to literally climb the walls to get away from the pain
Not giving a shit who my midwifes were/ change-overs etc
The gas and air having no effect
The epidural not working. I thought that was a magic cure for everyone!
Being handed my daughter and then having to hand her straight back so I could puke. Not very magical.
Being thrilled that she was here but still wanting DH to hold her all afternoon so I could go to sleep rather than gazing adoringly at her blush

LittleTownOfBOOTHSlehem Sun 01-Dec-13 15:10:58

My worst experience as a midwife is having to listen to Celine Dion (as someone's chosen birth music)for an entire shift,on repeat. This was an endurance test like Prince Harry & his South Pole expedition.
My heart literally could not go on.

LittleTownOfBOOTHSlehem Sun 01-Dec-13 15:13:05

Apologies to any Celine fans

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sun 01-Dec-13 15:16:49

grin @ my heart literally could not go on!

I don't think anyone stuck their finger up my bum . blush Now, I'm wondering if they did .
Most surprising thing was the high I got when dd was born. I don't think any drug could even come close to that.
I'm also surprised that dh was much more traumatised by watching me go through it than me. I'm not bothered that I'll have to do it again in 6 months. He, on the other hand, is dreading the birth.

Layl77 Sun 01-Dec-13 15:30:05

It surprised me how even though it fooking hurts you're still kind of 'you' and normal in between contractions. How much blood & gunk there is afterwards which nobody warns you about.

princesscupcakemummyb Sun 01-Dec-13 16:04:14

i carried on as normal during the day as my wat i thought braxtons where contractions and i didnt feel any pain right up untill 30 mins prior to pushing shock to which my waters broke all over the sofa and 2 pushes few mins later baby popped out lol

oh & the after birth came out quickly without drugs

how loud I could yell, even with the G&A mouthpiece in my teeth!

The all encompassing urge to push, even with a MW telling me to "breath through it"

The shock of one push and he was out. Both of went into shock, 2nd stage was just 2 secs long! Then took well over an hour for the placenta to emerge

OnTheRunAndUpTheDuff Mon 02-Dec-13 10:45:11

I didn't get the finger up the bum either - home birth with no tearing, so no stitches required. That definitely would have surprised me though!

I was quite taken aback by the amount of poo I produced. Two hours of pushing (Bummy I can't believe you did six! Wow) and it was still floating across the pool with every contraction. My labour started with (I thought) a good clear-out as well. I didn't go for a few days after, but I'm pretty sure that was just because there was absolutely nothing left.

Also, the sensation of having been kicked in the bum by a horse for a couple of days after.

Lj8893 Mon 02-Dec-13 11:37:55

Yy the shaking and vomiting!!!

I had a very quick labour (1 hour from 2cm to 9cm) and shook uncontrollably throughout and projectile vomited loads.

The pushing stage was really quick for me too (25 minutes) so I had to ask my DH if she was here as I was so out of it!

The shaking and shivering after labour, bizarre!

And how much it hurt delivering the placenta!!

Bumpsadaisie Mon 02-Dec-13 11:50:03

For me the biggest surprise was what the pushing stage felt like (had epi and forceps with my eldest so when I had my DS that was the first time I'd felt it).

I thought I would get a sensation of needing to push, then think "right, puuussh" and push.

Actually it was like throwing up, except my whole body convulsing rather than just my stomach.

I dimly remember thinking "pooh. This is not like I imagined it would be!" (in between shouting!)

Bumpsadaisie Mon 02-Dec-13 11:50:19

"ooh" not "pooh" !

AmandaCooper Mon 02-Dec-13 13:27:19

The degree of pain. It was far, far worse than I had ever imagined; I never expected to lose control of myself and be shrieking and shouting out incoherently during contractions and whimpering and sobbing inconsolably in between them, begging them to give me a section. Also how incredibly hard I had to push to get him out; I kept thinking if I just waited a bit longer my body would expel him - without me having to abandon all regard for my own bodily integrity.

CuppaSarah Mon 02-Dec-13 14:21:58

That you can sleep between contractions! I had no clue you could sleep most of your labour away, but gas and air is wonderful, wonderful stuff. Supposedly every contraction I would wake up, sit bolt upright and stare into DPs eyes with a possessed look, whilst huffing on the gas and air manically. Only to collapse back down asleep again the second it passed.

I also didn't realize how good you could look after giving birth. I swear every woman who came onto my postnatal ward looked amazing(unlike me who was sporting a sweaty mop of hair, panda eyes and a look of mild panic)

Lj8893 Mon 02-Dec-13 16:07:13

Me too amanda although I knew it was going to be extremely painful I didn't think I would lose control iyswim! But I sure did, yelling, screaming, pushing dp out the way, telling the midwife "I don't have to do shit" when she asked me to move onto the other bed after wheeling me up to labour ward.

And god, I wish I had been able to sleep between contractions!! But once one finished, the next one started!

notundermyfoof Mon 02-Dec-13 16:52:58

Oops I think it might help you to post in relationships sad

The biggest surprise for me was that it felt like the baby was coming out of my bum! According to dh I shouted "ow my arse is breaking!" continuously for the last 20 minutes blush

AmandaCooper Mon 02-Dec-13 19:42:59

Lj8893 I told the midwife in my most sarcastic voice, "A right load of fucking use that's going to be," when she suggested I get in the pool. I then flatly refused to be monitored for the rest of my labour, shouting "fuck off he's fine," every time she came near me with the doppler. I'm not sure why!

traininthedistance Tue 03-Dec-13 08:31:51

thesebootsaremadeforwalking I think the suppository is diclofenac which is a NSAID like ibuprofen. That stuff was fab! It was agony when it wore off though (I had a bad 2nd degree tear with a "complicated" repair....)

katy14 Tue 03-Dec-13 08:49:46

I ended up having an emergency c section. just presumed a natural birth would be fine so hadn't read up on sections. nothing went to plan. dd had been pushed too far into my pelvis so the docs had to push her back up and out of the c section cut. dd wasn't breathing and had to be resuscitated. she then went straight to the scbu. as for me they'd had to move my bowel to get her out which then went into spasm. I blew up like a balloon post op as couldn't poo, trump or burp for 5 days. I was bigger than 9 months pregnant and in more pain than contractions. several enemas and 10 days post op things started moving. dd rallied in scbu and we were both discharged on the same day. happy to report 7 months on we are both fighting fit but what a rollercoaster! ante natal classes didn't prepare us for that and dp reckons he aged ten years! amazingly we're talking about number two now! lol!grin

annielosthergun Wed 04-Dec-13 05:07:57

That warm water DID NOT help!! Did hypnobirthing and was fully expecting to spend most of my labour floating around in the bath. Well - when it got really painful I took off tens and got in the bath and OMG the pain of sitting on a hard surface nearly sent me through the roof! It was so bad I couldn't even get out - DH had to basically heft me out! Baby was back to back and midwife casually commented that often b2b and baths don't mix well. I was SO disappointed!!

purplemurple1 Thu 05-Dec-13 21:59:02

How quick transition and pushing were 20min also gå is really good if only they don't give you an empty one first.

As others have said I didn't need to be told to push or pant as I really could not do anything else.

The first wee an poo after we're fine which was a nice surprise.

The fact that I didn't scream but did moo like a cow. I couldn't bear to be touched in either labour once it got going and broke the tens machine when I ripped it off cos it was getting on my tits.

With my second - the mess was horrific. The massive amount of waters that can come out in one go and the sensation. It was like popping the biggest zit ever but green and brown. Then I threw up on the bed that I was leaning on , bright pink cos I had Beetroot salad for lunch. Then she came out in one huge push while I was still standing up with pants round my ankles. Luckily mw was on her knee soaking up the waters with pads so she got to play catch. Seriously, I was in that delivery suite for 9 minutes before she was out but it must have taken them hours to clean the room up. Looked like a cross between an abattoir and a slurry pit by the time I was done. They moved me next door to deliver the placenta. blush

MillyMollyMama Thu 05-Dec-13 22:53:07

I had an epidural and went to sleep. Had to be woken up as they said the baby needed to be born! No screaming, no pain, all totally calm, a bit of effort and then a baby! The only way to do it in my opinion.

DirtyDancing Sat 07-Dec-13 23:26:13

I'm 39 weeks tomorrow and waiting, waiting.... Some of these have cracked me up!! I am planning a water & hypno birth.... Reading these we shall see!! ;)

plentyofsoap Mon 09-Dec-13 02:37:07

That on my second labour all I wanted was food. Even at 5 cm I just wanted food. Even after my section I was nagging the midwife for toast. Odd. Also the pain. Nothing like it.

dodi1978 Mon 09-Dec-13 12:15:07

Hm... suprises... in my case not knowing at 6pm that I'd be in labour by 7pm and have a baby by 11.30pm... that was the biggest surprise of all!

My husband was amazed at the amount of gunge that came out of me - blood, poo, pee....

cathpip Mon 09-Dec-13 12:26:29

My dh's comment to a friend was fantastic, " I never thought I would see another lady with her hands up my wife's bits, till yesterday". I ended up with a emcs, I never thought they would roll me over and shove pain killers up my arse! Am now on baby no 3, let's see what new stuff they can do to me smile

lynniep Mon 09-Dec-13 12:44:24

I was expecting what everyone else was expecting with DS1. Distinct contractions. I had intermitten cramps to begin with, but then I just had one long continuous pain. It wasn't even in waves. Just pain. The consultant was shouting to me to let him know when the next one would be and I didn't know what he was on about as there was no distinct feeling.
It wasn't till I went into labour with DS2 that I understood.

Also DS1 was breech. That was a surprise for everyone. Especially the midwife who only 20 minutes earlier had told me his head was engaged.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 10-Dec-13 09:51:21

How contractions feel like being sick, downwards! confused
And, not during labour, but after pains! As bad as contractions with my second! sad

These are some really interesting stories smile

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