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Signs of labour with 2nd baby?

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mummyjanine Tue 28-Jan-14 12:54:01

Did you have any signs leading up to labour 2nd time round and if so what?

Izzyalex Wed 26-Feb-14 15:25:00

Ps can I admit to a creme egg fetish? Onto #2 today and demolished a 12 pack in 3 days over weekend blush

PastaandCheese Wed 26-Feb-14 15:48:33

She's only 2 izzy and she senses something is up and is getting bored but still......

I've eaten a bar of Green and Blacks this afternoon on the basis dark chocolate will help keep my BP stable where milk chocolate has no benefit. How ridiculous is that?

Cream Eggs seem eminently sensible in comparison.

I keep thinking all mournfully that I'll have to stop eating nice things very soon and lose the baby weight before the nice weather comes. I actually feel really sorry for myself in this respect despite being mega keen to get this baby evicted.

Ooo frogslegs forgot to say good luck with the TTC.

Cacraig2 Wed 26-Feb-14 23:30:13

I'm 39 weeks with #2 and symptom spotting tonight felt great today for once with tones of energy now bh lasting for ever pelvis feels like splitting apart and generally cramps!please let it be over soon ;-)

KatieChooChoo Thu 27-Feb-14 07:23:13

Hi all.
I went in to be induced on Monday, by the time they had seen to me and inserted the 1st lot of jelly (not sure of correct medical term for it) it was 6.30pm.
2nd lot of jelly after midnight, labour kicked in good style at 02:30, at 5am I got told i was 3cm. I swore..... a lot. Was given a drug that you use a clicker for (again, i dont know the correct medical term) plus gas and air.
At 7:15am i shouted 'im pushing'.
At 7:26am DS2 was born, in his sack of water. Apparently its rare and lucky?! Bouncing bundle at 9lb3 - i wont lie, he hurt! but he was worth every painful contraction and stitch. smile
I was kept in because of blood pressure, hence my delay in updating the thread but all is good now and we're home, happy and healthy.

Hope everyone else is ok and niggling into Labour.

All I can say about 2nd labours is that I had a totally different experience.
I laboured with DS1 at home with no pain relief. Not because it was planned, it just happened that way. 20 mins of getting to hospital and pushing he arrived. 10 hours from start to finish.
2nd Labour I went 12 days over and I NEEDED drugs. 5 hours from start to finish after being induced.

Pasta how long have you got now???

Happy labour vibes everyone xxx

PastaandCheese Thu 27-Feb-14 08:29:54

Well done katie thanksthanksthanksthanks

You've had such a long haul with this little boy you deserve your snuggles even more than everyone else! So pleased you are home now and can put the waiting behind you.

I believe 'being born in the caul' is very rare and considered to be very lucky so make sure you get that lottery ticket this weekend!

I'm over now. Just a day but I really did think I would have had it by now. This is the day where I got sick with DD with my blood pressure and was admitted to hospital. I've got the midwife today so we will see what she says but for 9 months my plan had been to bury my head in the sand and just assume I'll go a bit early. sad

Anyway, I'm still refusing to symptom spot and sleeping better and generally feeling less insane as a result!

Izzyalex Thu 27-Feb-14 09:11:46

Congratulations Katie sounds like a bit of an ordeal but wow! being g born in the sac is very special. Hope you got pics to show him when he's older?
It seems your labours were very different and most other ladies on here have said same.

Well done pasta for keeping up the no symptom spotting!
I've had a 2nd show this morning and feeling bit pants so yet again hoping something will happen. DP really didn't want to go to work this morning!

PastaandCheese Thu 27-Feb-14 14:16:50

How are you doing Izzy?

I'm so hot I'm sitting in a coffee shop by the open door in short sleeves and I'm still baking. Shame I'm not symptom spotting anymore isn't it?!

Izzyalex Thu 27-Feb-14 17:11:22

Lol that's just an observation, defo not symptom spotting pasta!!

Had a full body massage earlier - divine - smile and then lunch with MIL and FIL.

Currently trying acupressure and yoga poses (but not strenuous ones) emailed across by my best friend. The acupressure bit actually seems to be bringing on BH and some mild back pain so who knows?!

Rub in a circle on the webbed bit between thumb and first finger.
Same on a tender spot on the inside of the ankle, just above the ankle bone.

MyNameIsAnAnagram Thu 27-Feb-14 17:15:32

Same as ds1, contractions at about 3am. Never had a show or anything with either of them.

PastaandCheese Thu 27-Feb-14 17:41:13

My reflexology lady says that tender spot on your foot is the baby and it will shrink down after birth.

I rather like that idea.

In other news I've got to put together a World Book Day costume for a two year old. I thought I had years to go before I had that torture marvellous learning opportunity in my life.

Cacraig2 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:03:09

No joy last night was sure it was the night! Think your right pasta this symptom spotting would drive you insane must stop. My pelvis feels like splitting apart so painful so maybe the baby will just fall out without labour ;-) away to order another curry if nothing else great excuse.

39 weeks today final midwife appointment tomorrow next time I see someone will either be dday or 1week post date please let it be the former!

PassthePercyPigs Thu 27-Feb-14 20:05:10

Congratulations katie - going that far over is awful i know, but great luck to be born in the sack!

It's my due date today, and just like my DD, this one seems to have noted it and flicked me the bird. Had acupuncture yesterday which seemed to do something - lots of strong braxton hicks and persistent lower back pain all evening. Going for another session tomorrow and she promises she'll go stronger 'given my history'! Do your worst lady, I need to get this baby out!

Madallie Thu 27-Feb-14 20:54:42

Congratulations Katie, what lovely news.

I've been keeping my eye on this thread since my dd was born and sending labour vibes to you all. Enjoy your precious bundle. Will probably see you over on the sleep thread or one of the ante natal boards. Ha ha. flowers

frogslegs35 Thu 27-Feb-14 23:23:12

Well done and congrats Katie

Thanks. It's taking a lot longer than expected but hopefully soon.

Sending more labour vibes to you all Xx

KatieChooChoo Thu 27-Feb-14 23:58:47

Thanks for the well wishes ladies.

I reckon we leave symptom spotting to the first timers, they'll get more joy out of it and us 'experienced ones' can sit back and smirk knowing the real truth wink

pasta your energy levels make me so envious. If you could bottle what ever it is please do so, i'll pay top whack for it.

izzyalex whats your term now? Im loving your relaxation methods, massages are the best. The ONLY 2 times ive refused a back massage are when ive been in the middle of labour. Funny enough, there the only 2 times ive offered a massage by dp. Strange that isnt it!
Cream eggs are just wrong (unleash the backlash to the comment, as i know how popular they are)but the quantity sounds fine. I can polish off a full family bar of whole nut in one sitting. Not even get a twinge of tooth ache, and thats without being pregnant. Unfortunately for me my cravings were chilled raw carrots and chilled oranges. The chocolate stays as my period medicine, so as you can appreciate ive 3 bars in the fridge at the moment!

Sending you all love and labour vibes ladies.


PastaandCheese Fri 28-Feb-14 08:57:19

Last time I wanted to lean on the worktop in the kitchen with DH pushing really, really hard on the small of my back. Lord knows what we must have looked / sounded like with me saying 'harder, harder, harder' and him leaning into me from behind saying 'I can't do it any harder, I'll hurt you'. what a girl

A light massage in labour is not going to cut it in any way. That said I had a divine pregnancy massage a few weeks ago. I'm too depressed for all that now. I just can't stand to admit I am over due AGAIN. Getting the rage now.

caccraig my pelvis felt like it was going to shatter into tiny pieces last week. It was awful but I felt like I was getting somewhere. Now I have nothing. Do we conclude my baby has settled in for the longest haul of all or is it my refusal to symptom spot suggesting there is a certain degree of psychosomatic effect at work here? I'm going for the former as it was very painful.

percy I have more reflexology on Sunday if this baby isn't out. It is much nicer than pineapple at least.

katie not a massive cream egg fan either. Too sweet for me but in my last week of work a trainee gave me a cream egg because he thought I would like it and it was great with a cup of tea. I was quite driven to emotion at the gesture from a 22 year old man.

frogslegs all the waiting is just so frustrating throughout the entire process isn't it? I've said it before and I'll say it again. The stork in the night is the way this should all be done.

<waves to Madallie and her baby>

Izzyalex Fri 28-Feb-14 10:26:59

40+3 today and nothing exciting going on - same old BH, minor cramps and backache. The acupressure just caused BH and nothing else!

Been dancing around this morning while changing bedding in the hope it gets things moving but have had to sit down for brew and rest.

DD1 is with her dad this weekend and he is a complete arse so although I want my baby out, I know there will be problems in getting her home to meet her new brother cos of her f#ckwit father sad and confused

PastaandCheese Fri 28-Feb-14 12:50:46

That does sound hard Izzy. Is she back Sunday?

My mother rang this morning. We don't enjoy the closest of relationships anyway but today was bad. I hadn't even said hello and she boomed 'any twinges'. I really hate that phrase. From what I recall there is no way anyone could describe contractions as twinges. They bloody hurt right?!

Undeterred by my stony silence of a response she then asked 'do you think of it in there just getting bigger and bigger everyday'?

Nice, helpful and positive all summed up in one sentence. angry

Phoned DH at work just to complain. I only ever ring in an emergency. I'm supposed to text or email trivia. He answered all in a panic thinking the baby was coming. As if!

Izzyalex Fri 28-Feb-14 13:19:49

Oh no that is not exactly very sensitive pasta!! She's obviously forgotten what it's like to be heavily pregnant - surprised you didn't get the lecture about us having it easy now with all the pain relief available and how in our parents generation they just had to manage?!

Yep DD1 will be back Sunday evening but it's really important to me that she feels a part of the 'new' family and not left out. Her dad is not exactly helpful or supportive and doesn't seem to understand the impact on her of having a baby brother - he thinks it is my business and nothing to do with her - deluded!

I've resorted to raspberry leaf tea (not too bad actually) and was recommended a clary sage oil belly massage by a friend - luckily have a good organic / herbal shop nearby so off to try the belly rub now!

Cacraig2 Fri 28-Feb-14 19:52:33

39+1 still counting and feeling the pain literally of all you overdue ladies!! Please god don't make me go over I am verging on requiring sectioned as it is. Curry was good last night but hardly a bh as a result.

Was 40+3 with dd1 but had no symptoms started with very spectacular waters breaking when my dog jumped on me with his squeaky toy! Keep asking dp to throw the toy at me to see if dog can cause same effect again ;-)

Had midwife today 3-4/5ths engaged not sure that means anything?
Considering reflexology or acupuncture if no joy by Monday but sceptical that positive results heard about would have occurred anyway as let's face it all the ladies who try it were going to go any day anyway?! Do people think worth considering?

Congrats to all the ladies who have their wee bundle of joys already and positive labour vibes to everyone 'patiently' waiting xx

BabyNumber02 Fri 28-Feb-14 21:17:07

Congratulations katie. I'm really pleased for you. I know we had the same due date so just had a quick look to see if you had had your baby yet. My ds2 is a week old today and I can't believe how much it's flown. Precious times!

PastaandCheese Sat 01-Mar-14 07:53:51

Izzyalex I've been on the tea for some time now. I think it's supposed to make pushing easier? I could take all this waiting if the reward was an easy birth. It works like that surely?!

I'm sure your DD will feel like she is part of a new family. Have you got her a little gift from the baby? My DD has a toy pram hidden in a wardrobe from her new sibling. Seems a long time ago we built it and hid it there!

Cacraig there is some evidence reflexology / acupuncture can work. I think it's like sweeps etc. you need to be on your way anyway. I do find it very relaxing though so even though it isn't working for me it's been a lovely distraction.

frogslegs35 Sat 01-Mar-14 12:35:31

The stork in the night is the way this should all be done.
smile smile If only.

Still got my fx for you all.
Out of curiosity have any of you tried nipple stimulation?
I'd never even thought about doing it in previous pregs (long time ago), It wasn't until recently that I read about it tbh, but would of tried had I known.

PastaandCheese Sat 01-Mar-14 16:25:38

I've tried everything frogslegs. I even tried using my breast pump.

It brought on some strongish contractions but they soon stopped. I can see how it would really help if you were ready to go into labour anyway. Clearly I wasn't. hmm

Izzyalex Sat 01-Mar-14 16:27:48

Quick update ladies - waters broke at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon. About 20mins after clary sage oil belly rub!!
MW came at 3pm and was 2cm.
Mild contractions every 5-10 mins from 5pm.

Managed to get little bit of sleep (about 2 hrs) before proper contractions started around 1am. Strong but only lasting max 2 mins.
TENS machine worked a treat.

MW came back around 3am, had entonox only and my beautiful baby boy was born at 5.35am in my bed. 7 pounds 13.

Didn't get chance to get to the pool as things moved too fast but gave birth on my knees on my bed which was fine.
2nd degree tear unfortunately due to little man having hand on head as he exited but MW is perineal specialist so sorted me out with very little pain.

Even managed some sleep this afternoon!

Xx good luck ladies xx

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