Baby Jacob is now four week's old and thing's have been rather hectic at home with a newborn a toddler and a tweenager so i am only just slowly getting back into blogging when i find the rare hour or so of peace and quiet which is not very often.
As any of my readers or anyone who follows me on twitter or facebook will know i was suffering from pregnancy induced high blood pressure and put on blood pressure medication at the start of my pregnancy, my blood pressure was fine and well controlled throughout my pregnancy. But due to the medication i was taken ( 200mg of labetolol twice a day) i was under consultant led care and classed as a high risk risk pregnancy and had to have extra midwife appointments and growth scans throughout my third trimester. The growth scans showed that baby was measuring small throughout my pregnancy and so it was decided that i would be induced at 39 week's pregnant as this was felt to be the best thing for baby and me due to the risk of pre-eclampsia and due to the medication i was taking.
I had been induced in my first pregnancy with my oldest daughter Chloe which you can read about here so i knew what to expect but as with every birth my second induction experience was completely different to my first so here is what my recent induction experience was like.
I received a phone call from the hospital the afternoon before my induction date telling me to arrive at the delivery suite for 11am the following day. So on the next day me and Lee set off to hospital leaving the girls at home with Lee's mum and made are way to the delivery suite.
|Me on the morning of my induction|
When we arrived at the delivery suite we were met by the midwife who had delivered Sophia just 14 months beforehand which was so strange but nice to see her again as she remembered us. We were shown to the induction room which was a four bedded bay on the labour ward and was opposite the room i give birth to Sophia in, and it felt so surreal being back there again so soon. I was introduced to the midwife who would be looking after me who was another midwife i had met when i was pregnant with Sophia which was reassuring.
I was then showing to my bed and i was asked lots of questions then i was weighed, fitted with surgical stockings and had bloods taken, my urine and blood pressure were checked then i had swabs taken to check for mrsa and then i was given a quick ultrasound to check baby's position before being hooked up to monitors to check baby's heartbeat.
I was then examined and told my cervix was closed and they could not break my waters which is how they like to induce you if you have had a baby before so a pessary was inserted which was really uncomfortable, and i was hooked back up to the monitor to check baby's heartbeat for a hour.
I was then told i could go for a walk which i gladly accepted as the induction room was so hot and stuffy. We went for a walk around the hospital and then we went for some lunch in the hospital cafe, after lunch i started feeling really uncomfortable so we made are way back to in the induction room at around 3pm i was getting niggling pains by now every two minutes but they were not painful i just felt like i needed to wee a lot and could not get comfy at all.
At 5pm i was hooked back up to the heart rate monitor to check baby and everything was OK and at 6pm i was examined again to see if they could break my waters the first midwife could not do it so she asked another midwife who managed to break my waters and said i was 2cm dilated. Breaking my waters was not painful at all it is just uncomfortable and i have had it done with all three of my children now. I was hooked back up to the heart rate monitor for half an hour to check baby was OK which he was.
I was then moved to a delivery room and told that they would leave me for a couple of hours to see if labour started on its own and if not they would attach me to the drip to kick start my labour. By now it was around 7pm and i was feeling really uncomfortable, i had loads of pressure at the bottom of my bump every few minutes so i bounced on a birth ball and walked around the room and i started getting pains every few minutes.
The midwife came to check on me and she took my blood pressure and it was really high so she decided to attach me to the monitor to check baby's heart beat which was fine but it showed that i was getting seven contractions every ten minutes which she was concerned about so she called for a doctor to decide if they should give me some medication to slow my contractions down or not. The doctor was concerned with my blood pressure as it kept rising so she took some bloods to get checked and inserted a cannula in my hand to administer some liquid blood pressure medication to try and lower it.
By now it was 8pm and there was a switch over of midwife's and i was told to lie on my side to try and slow my contractions down which it did and i was given some gas and air. At this point i was still not in established labour as my contractions were irregular and i was not in much pain i just felt really uncomfortable and the medical team were more concerned about my rising blood pressure then anything else and baby was happy.
I remember asking the midwife if the baby would be arriving soon and she said third baby's are very unpredictable and i would either have a very fast easy labour or i could end up having a long one but the fact that i had given birth only a year beforehand meant that i would probably have a quick labour and she was right about that.
I went into established labour at 8.50pm and at 9.31pm baby Jacob was born! So my time line of induction was
11am arrived at hospital
12pm pessary inserted
6pm waters broken
8.50pm in established labour
9.31pm Jacob born