42 weeks pregnant – it’s time to be induced

Yup that’s right. I reached 42 weeks, despite walking every day, having reflexology with the lovely Keah Lan, drinking raspberry leaf tea and eating pineapple and curries. Bubs just didn’t want to come.

I had a sweep at 41 weeks and 1 day, which is where a midwife will disturb your cervix by basically using her fingers to separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix. This separation releases hormones (prostaglandins) which may start labour. It’s not pleasant but not as bad as it sounds. Anyway it didn’t work so I had to go to hospital on a Thursday and have a pessary  inserted into my cervix for 24 hours. This meant hanging around the hospital overnight on an induction suite hoping for things to happen.

Nothing happened in those 24 hours to be honest. I had a few niggles and period pain type pains but it wasn’t until 12am on Friday evening that I started having contractions and being violently sick – a common symptom of labor which apparently happens because your digestive system shuts down. Your body needs to conserve as much energy as possible.

That evening I went from 1cm dilated (I know!) to 5cm in a matter of hours. It was a huge shock to my body and I had awful back pain, sickness and just simply didn’t know what to do with myself.

At 5am I called the midwife and told her I’d had enough and didn’t want to do it anymore (the transition period). She examined me and said right let’s get you to a delivery suite straight away. Thank god. I needed drugs by this point – something that had never crossed my mind before.

Once in the delivery suite with my allocated midwife I said I wanted an epidural. The pain was so intense and I was questioning how I was going to carry on. By this time I was 7cm dilated so she agreed that it should be done quickly before I went too far into labor.

The epidural was ok. I was so scared if having a big needle inserted into my spine but it blocked the pain out pretty quickly and I managed to get three hours sleep after the hooked me up to a oxytocin drip to help strengthen my contractions. I was only having two or three every ten minutes and by this time they wanted four and they needed them to be stronger.

Three hours later they decided they still weren’t strong enough so they upped the dosage of the hormone drip and have it another hour. Again I took this opportunity to have a nap. The epidural was disguising all the pain and I needed to recharge my body for the next stage; pushing!

An hour later they woke me up and told me it was time to push. They would only let me push for an hour before calling a doctor to intervene.

The pushing is where all my yoga breathing and exercise came in. I knew how to breathe in and out of the contractions and I was fit enough to put lots of effort into the pushing despite now being in labour for 13 hours with no food in me.

Even after two hours of pushing she didn’t want to come so they called the doctor who had to do a episiotomy and use the ventouse to help get her out. It was very uncomfortable but sure enough she came and my bubba was born at 8:57pm, two days after being induced.

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As you can see I went through a long process. It was so far away from the water birth plan that I had planned and spoke about at my hypnobirthing session with Marisa peer but it doesn’t matter we got there in the end and I’ve got a gorgeous girl to show for it!

Here are a few things you can do to help you prepare for labor. It was NOTHING like I expected so if it helps prepare just a few people then I’ve done my job. Good luck and don’t forget that which ever way your baby comes, the most important is that she or he is healthy and that you are safe and well too. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Marisa Peer
Marisa is not only a great friend but a great hypnotherapist who has helped me overcome fears, food addictions and also helped me stay extremely positive when trying to conceive. Just a few months before my due date I saw Marisa for a hypnobirthing session. I listened to her CD every night before being induced and during my labor too and although my labor didn’t go to plan it did helped me stay relaxed and positive. Just knowing I was one step closer to my baby when the pains intensified made it easier to cope.
To book a session with Marisa visit http://www.marisapeer.com

H3O hydration
During labor you just don’t fancy eating or drinking and if you do, then you just sick it back up again. The problem is you need energy to get through it. Fancy doing a marathon without any food? This handy powder was great. It has all the minerals and ions essential for hydration at a cellular level to create healthy hydrated cells balanced my electrolytes and really kept me hydrated throughout the 23 hours that I was in established labor.
It’s berry flavour made it easy to digest and it’s Electrolytes and Hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water was great for hydration

Swiss ball
I had the worse back pain during labor. It was just someone was pushing into my bottom and it was just so uncomfortable to sit or lay. The best position for me was to put my Swiss ball up on the bed then lean over it and just roll the ball from side to side. It helped keep my hips moving (which encourages the baby to go down the birth canal) and also let’s gravity take hold. I didn’t talk to anyone just rolled side to side and breathed in for four and out for four.

Snacks
Although I didn’t eat much once the epidural was administered I did snack when I could during the labor. Bananas (well a nibble here and there), Nakd bars and coconut water were my saviours.

Lacie

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40 weeks pregnant – What’s in my hospital bag?

Yup – I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still waiting. This little girl is keeping me on my toes, so I’m taking the time to walk, workout, sleep, watch movies and make sure EVERYTHING is organised for when she does decide to come.

Funnily enough my hospital bag has been packed since I was 35 weeks pregnant. How typical. If it wasn’t packed – perhaps she would have come sooner?! Oh well, it is, what it is.

So what have I got packed in my hospital bag? Is yours all packed? I hope this helps you to get organised….

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First of all, my baby’s stuff is all packed in her OiOi Diamond Quilt Hobo Bag.

This lovely looking bag has one main internal compartment for all her nappies (I’ve packed around 12), cotton wool, a baby grow (this is so cute – Mothercare is great!), some scratch mittens, a blanket, some vests and some muslin squares.

In the elasticised pockets, I have packed some bottles (just in case) and a few bottles of Aptamil 1 First Milk, again just incase.

The bag also has a padded change mat, an insulated bottle holder which i have taken out for now and a PVC OiOi wipes case, which again I have taken out, as the hospital suggests that you use cotton wool to begin with – not wipes.

And how about my bag? Well I actually have a small suitcase as I have so much stuff in there!
I have my *dressing gown, *some spare towels, *warm slipper socks (apparently your feet can get cold during labor), *rose oil, which is supposed to help relive back pain and help relax the pelvis, *lip balm, as your lips can get dry from the gas and air, *hairbands to keep my hair off my face, *my Gownie, maternity gown, *a TENS pain relief machine and also my phone with *headphones, as I hope to listen to my hypnobirthing session with Marisa Peer to help relax me and keep me focused.

I’ve also got lots of snacks and drinks to keep me going through the labour, including *Jax Coconut water, to keep me hydrated and energised (it’s better than water and energy drinks in my opinion!), *bananas, *Bounce Balls –  fudgie walnut is my favourite flavour, *homemade, clean and lean flapjacks and some *chewing gum.

I’ve also packed my hospital notes. DO NOT FORGET THESE GUYS!

Hopefully my next post will be a birth announcement!

Due date! How to get back in shape after a baby

Yup 40 weeks of pregnancy is fast approaching – I have days until my due date is here and amongst all the rest and apprehension I am planning my post baby shape up. I know I shouldn’t put myself under pressure to get back in my skinny jeans but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a challenge and can’t wait to get my figure back.

As you know I have worked out throughout my whole pregnancy (and still going) so I’m hoping this will help me on my way anyway. Here are a few things that I will be relying on once the bubs is her to get me back on the straight and narrow and get my flat tum back. Bring it on!

Be Skinny Drink Me drink
I love starting the day with a tasty protein shake but since being pregnant I’ve cut these out and turned to eggs, which are more satisfying for my growing baby. I’ve also had the time to get up and cook eggs every morning. Will I be able to do this with a new born? I’m guessing not so much!

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This appealing Pea protein shake is made using Green tea, Inulin, which is a form of soluble fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer and Glucomannan, which can hold up to 100 times its own weight in water so you again feel fuller for longer and your blood sugar levels stay stable for hours after your have drunk it. What I like best about this shake is that it comes in banana and butterscotch flavour which will defiantly help satisfy my sweet tooth and stop me reaching for anything naughty. I will defiantly be starting my day with one of these – it’s sugar free too and uses stevia, which is low in calories, low-carbohydrate and is a low-sugar food alternative.
£17.50; http://collagen-shots.com/shopping-cart

Freya Active Sports Bra
During pregnancy and after pregnancy is a key time to get a supportive sports bra that is the RIGHT size. Your breasts will most certainly change shape and size during pregnancy so it’s vital that you give them the support they need.

ImageI have a selection of nursing bras for after as well as this uber supportive Freya Active Sports Bra that I will wear when I’m on my daily walks. No walking may not seem high impact but you will still need to support your breasts – especially as they may feel slightly sore after birth and feeding. Think of all those hormones circulating your body! What I like about this bra is that it’s been scientifically proven to reduce breast strain, pain as well as movement and studies show that 92% of participants who tested Freya Active’s new sports bra felt there was reduced independent breast movement (breast movement within the bra) and it was more effective at reducing forwards and backwards movement in the upper section of the breast than the other sports bra styles tested. Participants also said that the bra was 20% more supportive than other sports bra styles in this study and liked the sleek, sporty shape and high coverage of the bra. £29; http://www.freyalingerie.com

Salter MiBaby Mother and Baby Scales

ImageI’m not a huge fan of weighing scales BUT I think in this instance it’s good for me to know how much I weigh post-baby and work at getting down to what I think it my pre-baby weight. I haven’t weighed myself since my wedding but have a rough idea of what I used to be so I will be working towards this. I think scales can be good to start you off on any weight loss journey as you know that you are going in the right direction and it can give you a bit of a boost. I’m never going to be one of these people who obsess over the odd pound but I will be using these at first to keep me accountable and on the straight and narrow. Once I get near my pre-baby weight I will then rely on how my clothes feel and just use these scales to monitor my baby’s growth and development using the baby weight mode.
£49.99; http://www.uk.salterhousewares.com/salter-mibaby-mother-baby-electronic-scale.html 

H&M Lightweight Jacket

ImageI’m absolutely itching to get to the shops and buy some brand new workout kit. It feels like I’ve lived in baggy tops for the last few months and I just haven’t felt trendy what so ever – which is what I love when going to the gym. If I feel good, then I’m so much more confident and want to work that bit harder to make the clothes look even better! H&M recently launched some amazing sportswear, which is colourful, technical, cute and above all, affordable! The new fitness line includes everything from neon sports bras to sweat-wicking jackets, all priced to be friendly to your wallet. I can’t wait to layer this lightweight jacket with a neon hooded fleece top and tight-fitted leggings. Perfect for all these long walks that I have planned once she arrives.

£34.99; http://www.hm.com