Have I, unknowingly, made this worse for myself?

(137 Posts)
sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 15:24:29


I'm 39 weeks pregnant with my first and have been having fairly strong cramps and tensing since 11pm on Tuesday night. Went to maternity twice yesterday just to see how things were progressing. I'd got to 2 cms dilated yesterday afternoon on the second check up. Most of yesterday I was sitting upright-ish in a chair and just breathing through any tensing (mostly in my back as little one is back-to-back despite being perfect on Monday).

Since yesterday afternoon, back at home, I have been trying to get on all fours during each contraction/tensing to get him to turn and drop but still not a lot doing. The tensing doesn't seem to be getting stronger or more frequent and waters haven't gone. I have also been trying to spend as much time as possible resting on my side and kneeling up against the edge of the bed, or on all fours rotating my pelvis whilst there are no contractions.

So that's over 40 hours of contractions so far! Have I done anything to cause the first stage so be so long, or is this fairly normal?!

I really don't want to go back to maternity again to be checked for them to tell me that I'm only another 1 or 2 cms dilated since 24 hours ago! My waters haven't gone yet either.

FrameyMcFrame Thu 26-Dec-13 15:36:00

Are you actually in any pain?
If not they might just be strong Braxton Hicks, you can be 2 cm and not actually in labour you know.... it may be a long latent first stage.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 15:40:05

Thanks Framey. Yeah quite a lot of pain. Had lots of BH but these are very different. Mostly around the lower back and bump is definitely tensing for longer sad

ohforfoxsake Thu 26-Dec-13 15:41:32

Agree with Framey, may be a long first stage. I'm fairly sure mine was a couple of weeks of stop/starting, no pain as such, just niggles. It made for a very easy birth.

ohforfoxsake Thu 26-Dec-13 15:44:49

Have you got a gym ball? Only was I could get comfortable.

impatienttobemummy Thu 26-Dec-13 15:46:26

I think that the positions for turning the baby disengage the head... Could be wrong maybe just get in the bouncy ball and hope he/she will turn on their own?

impatienttobemummy Thu 26-Dec-13 15:47:29

I'm 13days pp... Labour is long. You've got plenty of time just relax and bounce

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 15:48:42

Thanks OFFS - no I haven't but it might be a late Xmas pressie to me from husband tomorrow! I'm currently slumped forwards leaning upright against the edge of the bed, propped up on 3 pillows.

I don't really mind how long it takes - just want to make sure little one comes out safely and healthy. Both the check ups yesterday on him were fine so fingers crossed he should be ok.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 15:50:10

Thanks ITBAM - gym ball does seem to be the way forward then. I think a friend in the village has one I can borrow . . . smile

Lexilicious Thu 26-Dec-13 16:06:03

I wish you a wonderful birth and hope it gets going soon for you. smile It sounds a lot like my first in 2009... I had contractions from late on a Wednesday night, did all that you describe, tried to get sleep, took relaxing baths, walking, all fours, visualising, cx were all over the place! We eventually went to the hospital exhausted and frustrated at 6pm on the Friday and they said I was only 1cm. If I hadn't been 42weeks they would have sent me home, and then the moment that "visiting hours" were over they sent DH home which upset us both. I did figures of eight furiously on a gym ball in the lonely antenatal ward, and by 1am I was 3cm dilated, which counted as 'proper' labour and they called for DH to come back. Baby born 9am on the Saturday - textbook though, in a midwife led unit and only a couple of stitches needed. Bizarrely, second baby also born 9am after 'real' labour from 2am, similar weight, similar tear and waited till 41w+5.

Good luck and happy birthing! thanks

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 16:27:24

Thanks Lexi - sounds like I've still got some time ahead of me!! I wouldn't mind if it was just BH as I'm not due for another week but the pains are completely different and in a different place (lower back mainly) but hope that I haven't been in a certain position to slow things down.

I had 48 hours of contractions every 10 mins before I reached 3/4cm (at which point they were coming every 7 mins) - but every woman will be different and have a different contraction to dilation ratio, I reckon.
Sounds like you are doing all the right things to stay active and help things progress. I'd only suggest making sure you get as much rest/sleep as you are able to - I found back to back labour after not having slept for more than 8 mins at a time for two days was a killer!

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 16:55:05

Thanks TandH - makes me feel a bit better smile I'm currently on my side (flipping to all fours when I have a contraction to manage pain) and hoping to get another hour or so of broken sleep! Haven't had more than about 4 hours of sleep in the last 4 or so days. Feel guilty though for being on my side as it doesn't get little one into the right position sad

No, no - no guilt smile you are doing what you can. When we found DS was back to back, I tried to stay on a ball or on all fours to get him to turn, but in the end I was too knackered and had to lie down on my back! At the time I knew I maybe wasn't helping myself, but hey, I was exhausted! He turned during the descent in the end.
Hope things get a move on for you - c'mon babysanity!

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 17:18:24

Thanks smile just so frustrating as he's been the correct way round for weeks until Tuesday!! I'm hoping that my side is better than my back so he doesn't "fall" back to back again.

Going to try to get hold of a gym ball ASAP so can encourage him to come out sooner rather than later!! smile

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Thu 26-Dec-13 17:25:20

Aw sanity I'm right there with you. I had bloody show and pink discharge all day on Tuesday with irregular contractions but contractions stop and now just get BH, some cramping, lots of mucous and the odd contraction. Sooo frustrated. I wouldn't think anything but bloody show on due date got my hopes up. I feel like the baby is about to fall out but clearly not!

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Thu 26-Dec-13 17:30:27

Also read this this about OP babies, very interesting.

DangoDays Thu 26-Dec-13 17:33:00

You sound like you are doing really well and coping brilliantly. I had a long labour for my first birth. Established or not is irrelevant in my opinion. Each contraction will bring you closer and the early stage can be hard.

Re. Back to back. My eldest ds and youngest ds (born 10 days ago) were both back to back. Didn't manage to move 1st but with help of doula managed to for 2nd. This is how we did it if it helps. Walked up and down stairs but sideways and back against wall. Would do 2steps at a time. Live on 4th floor so was 8 flights all said and done. Did this a fair bit.

Eat, drink and rest whenever you can.

Here if you need anything. You are doing great.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 17:43:42

BWCW - I'm glad I'm not on my own! (sorry!) I'd take the BH/contractions/pains for however long if I knew they were getting me somewhere. We'll see! Thanks for the link - I'll certainly have a read smile

Thanks DD - I don't feel like I'm doing well but moral support is very much appreciated :D

I have been suffering from SPD for the last 5/6 months which might restrict a lot of those movements but I'll do my best. It'll be worth it if it stops the back pain at least. The SPD seems to have settled since the tensing/contractions started smile

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 17:44:47

DD - P.S. congratulations on your recent new arrival x

selfdestructivelady Thu 26-Dec-13 18:04:08

Please keep up the good work I had long latent possesses the longest being 42 hours but short active phases the shortest being 30 minutes all mine were back to back so yoü May find labor speeds up rapidly once you get going.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 18:20:46

Ohhh that's encouraging SDL - thank you. I'll have another few hours later on all fours I think smile

selfdestructivelady Thu 26-Dec-13 18:28:23

How far apart and how long are contractions?

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 18:38:08

On average lasting a minute or so every 5 minutes? They're mostly in my back though - not much is going on with bump sad

FrameyMcFrame Thu 26-Dec-13 18:47:54

I think this is the introduction, something is happening but try and get some rest now before it kicks off properly. You won't mistake it when it does, you might have a nice short active labour after all this build up.

selfdestructivelady Thu 26-Dec-13 18:49:43

Sounds exactly like my labors when they are three minutes apart go back in for a check but otherwise try and rest.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 18:54:42

I hope so Framey smile am lying on my side at the moment watching shit TV to take my mind off things!! Might go and have a nice hot bubble bath in a mo too.

Thanks SDL - the pains in my back are horrible sad I keep telling myself it means it's one fewer until little one arrives! Wise words from a friend! Some contractions are really bearable and almost painless. Some make me want to cry sad

selfdestructivelady Thu 26-Dec-13 18:58:43

The back pains are horrid you have my sympathy and it's even worse when it feels like your not getting anywhere.

sanityisamyth Thu 26-Dec-13 19:04:57

True SDL. Little one is going to owe me a very large G&T when he's 18 to make up for it!! ;)

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 07:36:58

Any progress?

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 07:51:23

Morning BWCW - contractions are still getting more and more painful (although I'm learning to deal with them quietly so as not to wake the neighbous!) and are about 3 mins apart. I phoned maternity unit at about 1 this morning and they said because waters haven't broken try more paracetamol and hot bath. Contractions got worse in the bath as was on my back but still no broken waters sad

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 08:00:23

My waters broke during delivery twice I'd go up and get checked personally. Your doing great.

yourcruisedirector Fri 27-Dec-13 08:01:53

Morning sanity!

WTAF? Contractions at 3 minutes? You should go in! My waters didn't break until I was pushing; it had nothing to do with the progress of labour. I was told to go in when I had three contractions every ten minutes. I duly reached that stage and phoned and was told I must be in early labour (I was hypnobirthing and not making any noises). They told me to wait and phone back later. I did so, and was told that I was in the early stages. In the end I just decided to go in. I was 8.5cm by the time I got there!

Good luck smile

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 08:03:10

Thanks SDL - it's getting to the point of exhaustion now and just want little one out. Might well head towards maternity again. I've tried positioning myself to put pressure on bump etc to encourage waters to go but nothing doing. Getting very difficult not to push against contractions too sad

yourcruisedirector Fri 27-Dec-13 08:05:46

You're doing really well and no wonder you're tired. Back to back labours can be really tough, but it sounds like you're really making progress now.

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 08:06:50

Definitely head in honey it sounds like you are exhausted and they can give gas and air before you are past 4 cms just so you know. But you gotta push for it.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 08:07:09

Thanks YCD - dreading turning up and them telling me I'm no further on than I was on Wednesday though! I'll give them a quick call and tell them I'm coming in smile

yourcruisedirector Fri 27-Dec-13 08:12:18

I know the feeling! But if your contractions are progressing to every three minutes then your body has done a lot of the hard work already!

TobyLerone Fri 27-Dec-13 08:17:16

I hope this is it for you. A long latent stage is killer!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 08:17:25

True. I really hope so! Will update again later smile

DirtyThree Fri 27-Dec-13 08:23:46

Good luck!!

Weegiemum Fri 27-Dec-13 08:27:50

Hoping its good news this morning!

My latent phase was c. 48h with dc1, then 37h of "active labour". She was in the right position when I got to the hospital but after 5h had turned to OP (back to back). I was really well looked after, though after 24h active labour I needed the syntocin drip for a couple of hours, and as dd1 was 9lb12oz, and came out face up (OB called it "face to pubis", but midwife said she was a "stargazer") eventually had a ventouse delivery. This was all in my 39-40 week, she was born on 6/2, having been due 10/2.

Being upright, the gym ball, walking around, all fours are all good. But when I went to hospital they talked it through with me and I was given diamorphine, to give me a rest break as I hadn't slept properly for 60 hours and needed to be rested for the delivery.

Wishing you all the best over the next wee while - won't be too long until you've got your lovely baby in your arms!

99redbafoons Fri 27-Dec-13 08:33:58

Good luck OP, back to back labour is hard! You're doing brilliantly!!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 09:59:11

Hi everyone. Just back from maternity and still only 2 cms dilated so still could be a while longer sad midwife happy everything is moving in the right direction still though but he's still back-to-back. Am back slumped over the side of the bed to encourage him down. Fingers crossed it works!!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 10:04:34

Hi weegiemum - that doesn't sound much fun but at least you got there in the end. Was obviously looking a bit disheartened in the hospital just now as the midwife was trying to make everything sound as positive as possible, which did make me feel better smile

I'm walking as much and as far as possible - it definitely helps as I can't go far without another contraction! Leaning up against the edge of the bed is definitely helping too. I might even manage a few minutes kip like this too :D haven't had any decent rest since Tuesday sad

MavisG Fri 27-Dec-13 10:16:22

Sanity you're doing brilliantly. Sorry about the lack of sleep; I had my 2nd after 4 days of no sleep (not due to labour itself but was in v busy induction bay with a lot of other women). The hormones carried me once he was born & I felt great. He's still a bobby dazzler at 10mo. Hang in there x

MavisG Fri 27-Dec-13 10:19:18

A hypnobirthing technique is to visualise a flower opening, really see it. And talk to your baby, ask him or her to shift round a bit. Good luck.

It is tough going, i really hope things get going for you soon! Good luck! thanks

MavisG Fri 27-Dec-13 10:21:25

Oh and - cm dilation tells nothing on it's own. My sister went from 2 to 9/10 in one cx. I declined the VEs - same as waters breaking, there's a correlation with advancing labour but that's all.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 10:45:24

Ohhhh thanks everyone smile

Mavis - that is very encouraging about your sister and really good about your son smile I'm talking to little one a lot, and so is my husband so I hope it helps!! I'm still letting gravity play its part here - starting to get slightly sore knees though, despite 2 pillows. Might change to sitting/squatting for a bit!

Thanks WoW - it's nice knowing there are some positive thoughts out there smile

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 10:52:39

Oh no I hope things change soon.

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 10:56:56

Oh you poor thing! You're headed on the right direction though. I'm sure you've tried all sorts but here's some more suggestions: hip circles or figure eights during contractions. Did you get a gym ball? I hope you get a little bit of sleep between contractions.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 11:03:54

No haven't managed to get a gym ball yet but found that the bed is the same height as the ball I would need so it's not a bad stop gap smile yeah doing lots of hip rotations/figures of 8 etc. during contractions too - helps with the pain management if nothing else!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 11:44:19

Was advised at hospital to try to eat a bit of food to keep energy levels up e.g. Pasta. Husband cooked some carbonara for me (he cooks it often and it's lush!) but it immediately ended up in the loo sad I was planning on expelling something from my body but not my lunch sad will stick to fluids for a bit I think!

juule Fri 27-Dec-13 11:47:06

Try glucose drinks (I drank Lucozade through my labours). Your uterus needs energy to contract.

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 11:47:30

Send DH out for some energy drinks like Powerade. I was sick throughout my whole first labour, it really sucks sad. You poor thing.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 11:52:27

I can't tolerate energy drinks. Even a mouthful of lucozade (or similar) and I nearly pass out sad I've got some fruit juice which seems to be a bit better. Might be time for another nice hot bath smile

CestelloAnnunciation Fri 27-Dec-13 11:53:50

I had this for 4 days with my first bab. Contractions were painful and getting closer and closer...but hadnt progressed beyond 2cm after 90 odd bloody hours! Hang on in therex

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 11:56:50

Thanks CA smile I've done over 60 hours now but really hoping things will properly kick off very soon! Doing my best to stay positive!!!

yourcruisedirector Fri 27-Dec-13 12:27:05

Sanity you're a hero! You sound to be in good spirits so well done. I'm sure things will kick off soon. You must be shattered - I think if you can grab any sleep or rest at all it will be worth it. Have you seen some of the websites which recommend positions for turning OP babies? Although i guess as things have started you don't want the head to disengage at this stage.

Take a rest if you can and keep at it - you have done this much, you can see it through.

Oh and I know this will seem very very far away right now but be sure to prioritise your rest and health post-birth no matter how many people want to come see you and the baby. It's hard enough to recover after a short labour!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 12:40:50

Thanks YCD - definitely no intentions of giving up yet but naps are difficult as the contractions are pretty regular sad trying to spend lots of time encouraging him to turn but definitely don't want the head to disengage!!

Post-birth I'll definitely be putting my foot down and only seeing people when I feel up to it. I could probably sleep for a week. Husband is pretty good - makes sure I've got all the snacks and drinks I need, and is walking the dog and doing the horses for me smile

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 14:04:30

This sounds insane and I can't believe I'm admitting it but my third I was in labor for ages and contractions were strong and close but not enough to dilate me so I had dh Jack off and finish inside me blush it certainly speeded my labor up.

gallicgirl Fri 27-Dec-13 14:09:36

Where sre you Sanity?
Hope things move on for you quickly.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 14:11:04

SDL - something similar had crossed my mind blush! I'm still managing the contractions with paracetamol and various positions. I'm back on my knees again leaning over the side of the bed. Definitely helping the psi relief and hopefully getting things going a bit more quickly! Even managed a few naps in the bath just now as well smile

DangoDays Fri 27-Dec-13 16:21:38

Sanity - you are doing great. Yes to resting and eating When you can. I know it's hard. Lots of support for you here. Once it hits 4cm I reckon things will move quickly. You are getting there and it will happen. Take care.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 16:37:45

Thanks DD - I honestly am very grateful for all the encouragement on here. I think I would have been crying by now otherwise and I don't "do" crying but trying to stay positive.

I'm currently eating a bit of fruit salad - seems happy to stay in my system. I needed something sugary as even my leg muscles were beginning to twitch through lack of fuel. I'm slumped back over the edge of the bed again after about an hour's broken sleep.

Might be my imagination but feels slightly different "down there". Not exactly sure how to describe it but almost fuller? As if things have moved downwards a bit when I walk to the loo and back?

Frizz1986 Fri 27-Dec-13 16:51:46

sanity you are doing really well.
I started with pains last Friday afternoon. By sunday they were bad enough for me to call midwife centre but they told me to have a bath as no show or waters.
On monday i had a show and pain increased but still not regular, just every 3-8 mins all day.
No sleep on Monday night as so bad, but as they weren't regular i daren't call up again.
Tuesday morning i had my 6th bath to help soothe the pain. Got out of the bath, had a long pee and........waters went at 9am.
Pain really ramped up then and by 10:10am when i arrived at the birth centre i was already 6cms so i guess all the early stages were progressing me slowly.
By 10:49am baby had arrived safe and well, much speedier than i was expecting.
Its tough when you are feeling like things aren't progressing quickly, but you might find once your body gets you to active labour things will really speed up.
Good luck.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 17:01:42

Thanks Frizz - that really helps. Congrqtulations of your new arrival smile Your timeline sounds similar to mine. My pain started on Tuesday evening. Really hoping there's not much longer to go yet!

I've been to labour ward for 3 checks now and really don't want to go again unless I've got something new and exciting to tell them i.e. my waters breaking but no sign yet sad

Just hoping that what I'm doing at the moment is helping rather than hindering things.

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 17:04:08

Aww sad to see you still here how close are contractions now?

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 17:05:58

Have you tried a good long walk I know it's the last thing you probably feel like but it will probably speed things up.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 17:08:20

I'd say every 4 mins still but don't feel as regular. Been lying on my side though to try to get some sleep - fairly successfully smile

I'm now sitting/bouncing on corner of bed to try to get things going again smile

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 17:09:31

Husband is taking the dog out in a bit - might go with him. It's only to the park and back. Can always stop and go home if it's very uncomfortable smile

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 17:26:56

You're doing brilliantly sanity!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 17:31:50

Thanks BWCW grin

Greenkit Fri 27-Dec-13 19:36:04

grin excited

DirtyThree Fri 27-Dec-13 19:46:51

Did you go for a walk? I imagine you must be knackered but keeping busy and active when you're not able to sleep might help.... My waters went about 3 hours after contractions started and about an hour and a half before dd was born so hopefully if yours do go that will speed things up!!

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 19:57:53

How are things going?

You are doing great!

EugenesAxe Fri 27-Dec-13 20:15:04

My waters broke about 10 seconds before the baby arrived - both times. So I kind of think the fact yours are still intact means fuck all. Get bolshy with them if necessary; phases of contractions I'd say were more an indicator. Although I think there's a moment in every labour when you get this thrill of: 'I need to go to the hospital now' grin

Best of luck! X

yourcruisedirector Fri 27-Dec-13 20:28:41

Hope the walk helped! Glad you got some sleep. Good luck!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 20:43:22

Hey everyone. Didn't manage a walk outside as it was chucking it down with rain but have been wandering around the house quite a bit. Contractions are still pretty much the same but may be getting slightly stronger (or I'm getting more exhausted --and sick of them--).

Am feeling really sick but can't face the idea of much to eat - the pasta earlier kinda put me off, although it was delicious. Husband is a very good cook! Seeing it in reverse didn't help sad

Am back in a hot bath which is helping calm everything down. Going to see if I can get a few more minutes napping in. Just really wish someone had a magic wand and could tell me that by ... On ... I'd be holding little one. I must be nearly there, surely?!

selfdestructivelady Fri 27-Dec-13 20:48:37

Oh you poor thing I really hope you have your baby by morning. Your doing brilliantly

Devora Fri 27-Dec-13 20:56:56

Oh blimey, you're doing well. I went on for ages at 2cm dilated with a posterior baby. In retrospect I went into hospital too soon - should have stayed home doing what you're doing. Very best of luck, it won't be long till you meet that baby!

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 21:01:35

Keep it up sanity, you really are doing great. Just keep sipping juice to keep up sugar levels and keep hydrated. Hope the bath offers some relief.

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 21:02:48

Thanks everyone smile contractions are becoming very very painful so I really hope that things will move on soon. It's going to be a bit tricky to know if waters have gone though if they go whilst I'm in the bath blush

atomicyoghurt Fri 27-Dec-13 21:06:02

Keep it up you will get there soon. Don't panic about the waters, mine haven't gone for any of mine (I've had 3) they always had to break them and then whoosh baby came out. And two of them were back to back!

atomicyoghurt Fri 27-Dec-13 21:07:11

Also just because this bit has taken what feels like a lifetime, doesn't mean the next bit won't be quick!

sanityisamyth Fri 27-Dec-13 21:11:27

Thanks atomic - that's reassuring to know smile really hope the next phase is going to be very quick (like 10 minutes!

moomoomummy Fri 27-Dec-13 21:11:34

Good luck! Just read your thread and cheering you on for a smooth labour. It's all worth it in the end.

BlondieTinsellyMinx Fri 27-Dec-13 21:30:29

It sounds like you're doing brilliantly Sanity, long latent phases are exhausting. Keep sipping juice and nibbling on whatever you fancy (hot buttery toast?) to keep your energy up. Now would be a very good time to chat to your DH, mum and MIL about support and arrangements for when you come home. You will be exhausted after such a long labour - be clear with them about what you need them to do.

My waters went in the bath, it was sort of a whooshy feeling - you will definitely know!

Good luck! smile

DirtyThree Fri 27-Dec-13 22:41:43

Mine went with a whoosh too, and kind of a relief type sensation too (though I know for some it's only a trickle).

Hope you get some rest tonight.... Am off to bed in a mo so will look forward to hearing about your new arrival who will have deffo made an appearance by the morning!

wonderstuff Fri 27-Dec-13 22:50:45

Good luck, you must be exhausted, hope lo appears tonight!

RandomMess Fri 27-Dec-13 22:57:37

Blimey you are doing really well, hope lo appears soon.

atomicyoghurt Fri 27-Dec-13 23:05:45

I'm really hoping that something exciting is happening as you haven't spoken for a while! Good luck and hope you are sleeping soundly with dc next to you by morning!

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Fri 27-Dec-13 23:07:37

Hope you either get some rest or a baby tonight smile. Fingers crossed for the baby option.

HenriettaPie Fri 27-Dec-13 23:13:57

You are doing great! Just wanted to cheer you on!

LizzieVereker Fri 27-Dec-13 23:14:48

Sanity, you are a hero! Surely can't be too long now - thinking of you! thanks

DangoDays Sat 28-Dec-13 00:35:51

Go Sanity! Ds2 was here in 15mins after waters broke so yep it can happen quickly. My biggest fear on arriving at hospital was being told I was only 2cm...as with ds1. However got there and was 10cm. So quick that I gave birth in assessment/triage. Was thrilled it was so quick I didn't care less about no privacy! Here's hoping it is quick and your next visit is your last. Baby is coming smile

MavisG Sat 28-Dec-13 00:53:50

Both mine were born in the sac, your waters might not break. It can cushion the baby and you if they don't break. Hopefully you've your baby in your arms now, if not then hang in there.

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Sat 28-Dec-13 08:15:04

Oh I really hope the lack of updates means that BabySanity has made an appearance.

yourcruisedirector Sat 28-Dec-13 08:55:17

Ooh fx for you sanity!

glorious Sat 28-Dec-13 08:55:55

Oh sanity this reminds me of my labour. Hopefully you have your baby now but either way you're doing great.

highlove Sat 28-Dec-13 09:28:42

Oooh I've been watching this thread for a few days now. Hope BabySanity has arrived!

Hope all's going well OP!

selfdestructivelady Sat 28-Dec-13 13:39:59

Hope you have your baby by now.

Greenkit Sat 28-Dec-13 13:40:38

Oo Sanity, hope you are cuddling your new baby xxx

Hope all is well Sanity.

Just read your thread and you've done really well.

yourcruisedirector Sat 28-Dec-13 16:43:26

Really hoping you're enjoying some cuddles (and sleep!) by now smile

BlondieTinsellyMinx Sat 28-Dec-13 19:55:33

Oooh Sanity I hope you are sniffing the top of your newborn's head and enjoying lots of cuddles now smile

yourcruisedirector Sun 29-Dec-13 09:27:08

Morning! Still keeping fx for you sanity smile

sanityisamyth Sun 29-Dec-13 14:54:01

Ok an update!!

Contractions were getting more and more painful, and not baths and codeine was not really helping. Didn't matter what position I was in and I just couldn't manage things particularly well! So, at 1.15 am we went to labour ward where they gave me another check up. Finally thing were getting somewhere!!!

Put me on the monitor to keep an eye on baby's pulse rate but he was flapping about so much the midwife (who was incredible) got the doctor to put a clip on him after an hour or so. I was also a bit dehydrated by this point so had a cannula in. It was next to a valve so needed to be repositioned. As the doctor had put the sensor on little one's head, she broke the waters which got things going really quickly. I opted for diamorphine in the end as well as I was exhausted, having been dealing with contractions for 80 hours.

Finally, at 7.09 on Saturday 28th December William was born, 7 lb 03 oz and he is completely perfect. Was a "normal" delivery with no other intervention, but did need a few stitches afterwards for a second degree tear.

We stayed overnight and he's feeding easily, and has already taught me how to change many nappies!! Just at home again now, and have already taken the dog out to the park for a run, with William in the pram - thought we'd start as we wanted to go on!!

Thank you soooo much to all of you who kept my spirits up and reassuring me that things would be ok. I am very grateful to you all xxx

SugarCaneShortCake Sun 29-Dec-13 14:56:09

Congratulations! thanks

LizzieVereker Sun 29-Dec-13 15:01:24

Blimey, well done you! And welcome, William. (Lovely name) thanks brew biscuit - actual biscuit, not a mean one.

Christmascandles Sun 29-Dec-13 15:08:35

Congratulations Sanity to you and your new little family thanks

Aw, congrats Sanity and MrSanity grin

selfdestructivelady Sun 29-Dec-13 15:57:10

Yay congratulations and well done.

Greenkit Sun 29-Dec-13 15:59:05


FindusLasagne Sun 29-Dec-13 16:37:43

Congratulations! flowers You did marvellously!

sanityisamyth Sun 29-Dec-13 17:06:42

Thanks everyone. He's currently asleep on my chest, snuffling away happily. Can't stop staring at him!!

glorious Sun 29-Dec-13 17:16:53

Wow congratulations! so pleased for you. Do try to stop looking at him and sleep at some point though wink thanks

RandomMess Sun 29-Dec-13 17:18:34

Congratulation flowers

TobyLerone Sun 29-Dec-13 17:20:36

Well done!

BetterWithCranberryWensleydale Sun 29-Dec-13 17:32:52

Congratulations!!! So pleased it went well - you were such a trooper thanks. Now if mine would just come out...

yourcruisedirector Sun 29-Dec-13 18:28:32

Oh that's lovely - well done both of you! smile and thanks

atomicyoghurt Sun 29-Dec-13 18:59:23

Ah congratulations what a perfect end to the year!

sanityisamyth Sun 29-Dec-13 19:43:44

Oh best of luck BWCW - you were such a support to me, as were many others. Hope your labour will be slightly more efficient than mine was! X

Devora Sun 29-Dec-13 21:03:52

Huge congratulations! I'm very impressed you're already out and about.

Big kiss for little William x

Just read this thread all the way through - congratulations Sanity, what a brave lady you are! Enjoy your new baby x

Well done sanity! And welcome little William - congratulations thanks

BlondieTinsellyMinx Sun 29-Dec-13 22:19:17

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BobaFetaCheese Sun 29-Dec-13 22:21:21

Congratulations! x

BlondieTinsellyMinx Sun 29-Dec-13 22:22:03

Sanity that is fab news, well done you! Welcome to the world little William! Congrats to Mr Sanity too!

waceystills Mon 30-Dec-13 08:28:35

Lovely thread sanity. I have been following/lurking as I had my first contraction at 11pm on the Tuesday and DS did not arrive until 7.09 on the Saturday so snap!

You are doing amazingly well to be out walking already.

Enjoy the snuggles and congrats thanksthanks

LiberalLibertine Mon 30-Dec-13 08:40:03

Awww lovely! Congratulations! X

sanityisamyth Mon 30-Dec-13 17:17:34

Thanks everyone smile I still can't believe he's here but he is being good so far!

Took him out for another little walk just now. I jad the dog and my sister had the pram so still not quite flying solo but it's nice to be out and about!

Mr sanity is being brilliant. He's pretty sleep deprived too but is being very helpful and mucking in (and mucking out!)

sanityisamyth Mon 30-Dec-13 17:19:08

wacey how peculiar!! It's a very funny world. I hope your little one is now being as sleepy amd snuggly as mine is smile x

DangoDays Mon 30-Dec-13 20:05:28

Yey sanity that is great news! Well done for getting to the finish line! Hope lovely William is doing well. Take care.

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