What with my first baby, Noah, turning 7 yesterday, I thought it would be good to write down some helpful tips for new Mums out there. Having your first child is a very scary and exhilarating time. There is so much information out there to help you get through it, and your mother and other family members to help you and give you advice. The most important thing you need to remember is that you are not alone, and that help available – all you need to do is ask. Knowing about what you need to do to prepare for your first baby can help you in terms of stress and getting ready for your little one’s birth:
I recently saw a big topic over on mumsnet this week about who to have in the delivery suite with you. There is a debate over whether to have Mum, or partner and whether the partner would feel left out if the Mum went in with you. Well, I had both in the room with Noah, my first, and I am extremely glad I did have them both.
As our health care system develops and evolves, the focus is centered around improving patient care and satisfaction, improving the health of the population, and reducing costs of health cares. Due to this, more hospitals are increasing the number of labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms which provide continuity of care and increased patient satisfaction. These rooms are just one of the ways in which digital technology has improved care for women in all stages of childbirth, designed to provide a comfortable, home-from-home atmosphere which is large enough to accommodate all medical and technological needs compared to the traditional labor and delivery room.
It was approximately an hour after birth, I was having the magical moments with our new baby daughter and I was starting to feel a bit faint, I wasn’t quite with it and I could feel my brain slowing down, almost like I couldn’t talk properly and people were there but not there, if that makes sense. I could also feel gushes of blood coming out, which I assumed to be normal at this point, as I know it’s normal to loose blood. Jane came back into the delivery suite and explained that she had checked the placenta and there was a little piece missing!
Our appointment was 8am but until we got there we didn’t know that they do not induce you until at least 24 hours after your waters break, just in case you do go into labour naturally. I am sure there are other reasons for this, but I am not 100% what they are! Hinchingbrooke have a policy now where if your waters break you are left no longer than 24 hours before they induce you, due to risk of infection, I was told this has very recently changed from 48 hours. My midwife said that it was new to them seeing someone like me in hospital as usually mums go into labour naturally. So there we were, ready to be induced, little did we know that we would have a long wait on our hands that morning. The first thing our midwife, Sharon, wanted to do was to check the baby’s heartbeat for an hour. So we were hooked up to the baby heart monitor machine and left for an hour, you could also see on the machine my braxton hicks. They were coming every 15mins, they weren’t painful as such, more uncomfortable, so Sharon was confident they weren’t contractions! […]
It was Saturday, my due date (5th May 2012) and I was feeling very poorly, I’d had braxton hicks all day and it got to about 10pm and I started feeling sick, I had a fever, diarrhoea and the braxton hicks felt a lot worse. I managed to get myself to sleep, only to be woken up in the middle of the night with mild contraction feelings: they passed after an hour and I went to sleep again. I woke up Sunday to have absolutely nothing! Bank holiday Monday, we tried 2 of the things that you are advised to do, to spur on labour but they didn’t work… Still no baby! Tuesday I had braxton hicks all day and evening, but by this time I wasn’t thinking anything of them because I just thought that this baby is never going to come out… Wednesday I had again a lot of braxton hicks, period pains and back pains, at exactly midday my waters broke! I was picking Noah up to put him in is highchair for lunch and they just went. It wasn’t a huge gush of water, like it did with Noah it came out as a gush and […]
So, as weve discovered this baby has the same mind set as Noah did: being late! Fashionably late I hope, in that it’s nice to mummy! The due date had been and gone but it was an eventful night none the less… It appears that the events are normal and that it doesn’t mean labour is any closer than if it hadn’t of happened. I will divulge the events and the advice from my lovely friend Oriole, who has recently had her first bubba and is a midwife from the hospital where I am due to be visiting very soon… So it was about 10pm, after suffering stomach cramps and back cramps for 48 hours, on and off, I decided it was time to have a bath and just try to relax. Getting into bed and watching a great Harrison Ford movie, I started to feel really nauseous. It was horribly followed by hot and cold sweats and the feeling that I needed the toilet. It was not nice, I felt like I had a really bad illness and I couldn’t get comfortable I couldn’t work out if I was poorly or if this was the start of something. Around […]
The infamous due date has finally come around and we are 40 weeks pregnant today, I cannot believe how quickly it has got here and how much faster this whole pregnancy has been this time around. This week I have had really bad tummy cramps and more recently I have had back pains too, I am guessing this is all a sign that my body is getting ready for baby to come and say hello. I have also been experiencing a lot of stinging pains – which I am informed is where baby is resting its head, so thank you little one. Its putting pressure on some nerves that is making it sting everytime I walk around, some steps more painful than others – along with the SPD it is a little bit frustrating, but I know it will be over soon. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow- but definitely within the next 2 weeks! That is scary… My first week of maternity leave has been nice, its been lovely spending time with Noah as I am really conscious about how he might feel when we come back with a newborn and our family changes from 3 to 4. So I have […]
As I mentioned on Monday, the midwife booked me in for more of my favourite things today: blood tests. Apparently the lab wouldn’t take my last lot of blood because the name on the label did not have an S in my surname, so I had to have more done today. I hate blood tests as you have probably grown to know by now, but it was an opportunity to see the midwife and have the appointment that I felt I’d missed out on Monday because I was so busy keeping an eye on Noah I didn’t concentrate on what the midwife was saying nor what was going on with número 2. Sorry bump! Turns out that the lovely midwife is friends with my friend Oriole, and by way of taking my mind off of having bloods taken, she mentioned that she knew Oriole (I’m guessing they’d spoken about me because oriole is also a midwife at the same hospital and was pregnant) I say was because they had their baby boy last week and when I was lying there thinking about how not to faint, my midwife told me the news about their baby arriving into the world. As […]