Beck - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )
I had to be induced my little girl was not interested in coming out on her own. Isabelle Marah Jean was born on the 29th May at 2.00pm. She was a healthy 9 pound 1 ounce and 49cm long.
I went into hospital in the evening of the 28th to get a membrane sweep and see if I needed prostaglandin gel put on to help things along but I was 2cm and they said I wouldnt need the gell thank goodness. So they did the sweep and sent me home to sleep hoping I would start naturally over night. No such luck. I was back in the next morning and had my waters broken and to have the oxytocin drip put in my arm. I was sitting around for 3 hours doing absolutely nothing, watching tv and bouncing on a fit ball to try help things along. Around 11am I started to get contractions and for the next two hours it stayed pretty tame.
Then about 1pm it started getting pretty harsh, the contractions were hard and fast and really painful. I finally said I needed something for the pain so I got the gas to suck on. Wow that stuff gave me a head spin. I had to stand up for a short time and thats when my waters fully emptied and I needed to go back to bed. I felt I needed to push and the midwife was quite calm and was going to sort out some morphine for me but then I started crowning so I couldn't get the drugs. My baby was coming then and there. I was told to try hold back a bit when the head came out but Isabelle pushed herself out. I had a second degree tear but it wasn't nearly as painful as last time.
I didn't expect to have a girl even though we didn't find out what we were having. We are so in love with her though and her big brother and sister loves her to bits. Life after birth is going well actually, between 6am and 11pm she is on a 3 hourly feed routine and then I let her wake on her own in the middle of the night so she only wakes me up once. We are doing very well. Though my 17 month old is sick at the moment so its a bit interesting being a stay at home mum with my husband at work trying to nurse a sick toddler and also deal with a newborn but I will do it :)
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