Content warning: birth story.
I have barely blogged this pregnancy, simply because things were so textbook this time around. After two losses, and a pregnancy that seemed to always feel at risk due to bleeds, and low amniotic fluid etc, this pregnancy just felt normal. Other than sometimes in my head, which anyone with a history of loss will understand.
I did measure big this pregnancy, which resulted in pretty severe diastasis recti (ab separation), and also PUPPS (an insanely itchy rash which develops on the stretchmarks when there is extreme growth, and then spreads). But I didn’t feel like coming on here to complain about that, as I know how lucky I am that the baby was growing.
At 39w1d, at 9.45pm, I felt a small gush of water. I wasn’t sure if it was my actual waters, since after the initial gush I didn’t lose any more, but I let my sister know as she would have to make a 2 hour drive when I was in labour to look after my daughter. At 10.30pm I started to feel some niggles. My sister decided to make the trip over not long after this, even though I told her she should probably wait as I wasn’t sure I was in labour. I phoned my midwife at around 11.30pm, to let her know I was having contractions around 3 minutes apart, but I could still talk through them. She let me know she’d be at mine in around an hour.
For the next hour I rolled around on my yoga ball while my husband filled the birth pool, and my daughter alternated between rubbing my back and asking for toast. She’d woken up and we couldn’t get her back to sleep. By around 1am I was so uncomfortable I decided to get in the pool, even though I wasn’t sure how much my labour had progressed. Not long after that I started pushing. I was just hoping my midwife and sister would arrive, as I’d expected them to be there by that time. They both arrived about 1.10am, and by 1.15am our daughter was born (9 pounds/4.1kg- much bigger than her sister who was 6 pound 12!)
The baby was a bit stunned from the fast birth, and I needed stitches so we transferred to hospital. But we are home now and doing well.