I'm getting pretty tired now so I think I'll have a rest on the bed pleaseathome wrote:It takes some effort to "get back on top" of your contractions as they have been coming closer and closer together but you manage to control your breathing first and then zone out as you continue with the rhythm of the birth ball. You realise now your actually humming along with the rhythm in a sort of drone and its been a while now since you actually noticed a contraction.Penguin’s story - so far
You have reached full term and you notice subtle cramps that seem to last for about 15 seconds each. They don’t seem to be coming in any regular pattern but you notice about 4 in an hour period.
You decide to head into hospital and on arrival they admit you to their assessment unit. You lie down on the bed and they place a strap on your tummy to monitor babys heartrate and your contractions. You are asked to push a button each time you feel a contraction. You also agree to have a vaginal examination to see if you have dilated. The examination reveals you have dilated 2cm and your baby is well with a strong heartbeat. Your contractions are coming often but not in a regular sequence.
You decide to stay and be monitored every few hours and go for a walk to see if you can get things moving.
You decide to stay in hospital and stay mobile letting gravity do its job to get your labour going. You hear the sound of new babies around you and get excited at the thought you will soon be holding your new baby. Contractions continue and seem to be becoming more regular but still not at even intervals. An obstetrician comes to chat to you and offers you the following options
1) Go home for a while and come back when the contractions become more regular
2) To start a syntocinon drip to try and establish regular contractions
3) To Rupture your membranes to try to establish labor
4) To continue to wait in hospital and check back with you in a few hours to see whats happening.
Option 4 definately. There's no way I'm going home at this point and I don't want to go to the drip or ARM yet
You decide to rest for a while on the bed and the contractions come regularly but you are getting increasingly tired. You consent to another vaginal exam which reveals in the last 3 hours you have dilated another 1 cm, slightly less than you had hoped for but progress is still progress anything could happen in the next hour. Your doctor offers you some pain relief
Decide to get off the bed and walk around again in the hope that gravity will speed things up a bit.
You decide that you would prefer to save medication as a last resort and hope that walking around will help your baby progress. You walk around the room for a while but your midwife suggests that stepping up and down steps might help more as it opens your pelvis and helps baby to move down. You hold onto your partner and step up and down a step in your room. Your notice a small amount of fluid start to trickle and at first you fear you have wet yourself but soon realise your waters have ruptured.
Decide to use a beanbag for support as you rest on your hands and knees
(Are my waters clear? I'm hoping for no merconium. Yep all beautiful)
You lean forward and lower your weight into the bean bag leaving your hips free to move. The sensations are starting to come now one after the other and you feel like your getting very little time in between to relax. Your not sure how your going to cope if they keep coming this fast and your starting to get panicky
Remind yourself that you need to breathe deeply during contractions and realise that holding your breath isnt helping. Your focus on the visualisation techniques you practised and re assure yourself this is all normal and it will pass.
1) stay in the bean bag
2) ask for a birth stool you think gravity will help
3) ask for help onto the bed to rest
ETA I am worried that if I lie down that that might slow things. Is this a slowing down of contractions a good thing or a bad thing? What do you as my midwife recommend?