Ok here's the birth story - apologies if TMI but I found it really helpful reading about other people's experiences when I was coming to the big day - if only to realise that there's no such thing as a "normal" labour!
I had to be induced as I was term +10 and starting to develop high blood pressure, so I was admitted to the maternity ward on the Wednesday afternoon for induction (they insert a pessary, it's like a slightly more uncomfortable cervical smear).
This kicked off contractions pretty much straight away but they weren't settling into a productive frequency / strength so about lunchtime on Thursday they broke my waters manually. Things still weren't progressing - I was only about 4cm so early evening they put me on a drip to try to speed things up. By the early hours of Friday I was still only 6cm and feeling pretty tired so they offered me a choice - either go for a c-section or have an epidural so that they could turn the drip up to the max. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying for a bit longer so opted for the epidural (not as bad as expected) and by 5am was finally ready to push!
Unfortunately even then the baby wasn't keen on making his appearance so after about an hour they took me to theatre (ready to do a c-section if necessary) and delivered him with forceps. He had a horrible mark on his face from the forceps but it's completely vanished within a week.
So Thomas Henry is a week old today and although the sleep deprivation is beyond anything I ever expected, I wouldn't be without him
Hi all! Welcome to the new people and congratulations. As the others have said, the key thing is to listen to your body and just enjoy being out and running rather than thinking of your usual speed! I "ran" until 6months in but by that time there was as much walking as not. Can't wait to get back into it now that the little one has finally arrived (will post birth story below) - very jealous you've been running, Hoggle!
Lady P, glad to hear that you can feel the baby really well now, you definitely start to feel they've got a personality from this point! BTW you are right, colostrum is clear.
Now 1week overdue and feeling tired and frustrated! They've tried to do a sweep but not possible. I'm on the induction list from Wed. Now I know how you felt, Sam and Princessdave... At least I know baby will be here by next weekend, one way or another...
Congratulations Sam! Reading other people's birth stories really helps prepare for the big event - I'm now ready for any possible turn of events and the great thing is hearing everyone say how it's all worth it once you see the little one for the first time.
Well done on the run Hoggle. I can't wait to go running again once baby is here - he was due yesterday but no sign so far, which has actually been good as my mother in law has been in hospital. She should be out tomorrow so he can arrive any time after that!
Lady P, don't worry about not feeling the baby yet - I didn't feel anything until about 4 weeks after the anomaly scan and I was starting to panic but all kinds of things can affect it - like which way the baby is facing and where the placenta is. You'll soon be feeling movements all the time, I'm going to miss them!