It has now been 10 days since I had my beautiful baby boy and second child and I’m blessed to say we are both doing marvelously great. Like with my daughter, I’m overwhelmed with love that cannot be described. I still cannot believe I’m a mum of two….eeeek. my cup truly runneth over!
I personally enjoy reading about other mama’s labour and birth stories and I thought I’d write about mine. My kids are about 15 months apart and as previously mentioned in my other post, I suffered from gestational diabetes in both pregnancies and had to be induced both times.
Because the insulin causes the baby to grow bigger than what is deemed ‘normal’, almost all women with this condition are induced as it is not recommended they they go on to 40/42 weeks or more commonly known as ‘full-term’.
When I first found out about my GD in my first pregnancy and told I’d probably be induced, I was upset because I wanted my baby to come out when she was ready and not forced to leave her home. This feeling only lasted until about 32 weeks when I started getting super uncomfortable and literally spent most of my time in the toilet.
I later found out that I’d be induced at 38 weeks and 5 days. A pregnancy is considered full term from 37 weeks so I wasn’t worried that my baby would being premature at this point. Also, I was so fed up with life, bored of pricking myself with a needle numerous times a day to test my sugar levels and just wanting to meet my baby at that point that I started seeing the silver lining.
My first induction was booked on a Monday. I called the labour ward at 8am that morning and was told to come in at 10am. I dont remember being at all nervous though. I was Just excited. I remember thinking as I was leaving home that when I get back I’ll be a mummy!
After the expected waiting around, I was finally shown to my bed where a midwife came to examine me before inserting the pessary which is essentially what kickstarts the induction process. I was also given a cervical sweep to aid in bringing about labour. Generally the pessary takes 24 hours to get things going and in some instances doesn’t work at all and will need to be inserted again for another 24 hours but I started feeling discomfort pretty soon after followed by bearable contractions. Though manageable, they were coming on literally every minute from the get go so I was in constant pain with very little time to rest in between.
The contractions carried on and got stronger as the hours went by and eventually the doctor in charge instructed that the pessary be removed as I was overstimulated. I was only about 2cm dilated when my waters broke but after that things started getting real very fast. The contractions intensified and the pain started getting unbearable. I was on gas and air at this point though I swear it wasn’t doing much in helping me.
When it was established that I was 4cm dilated and in active labour, I was moved to the deliver room and at this point I was begging for an epidural. I had hoped to give birth without major painkillers but I wasn’t about to play hero when my life was flashing before my eyes. Induced labour is also known to be more painful than spontaneous labour so there’s that!
The epidural didn’t numb me but it definitely made me feel comfortable enough that I was able to rest until it was time to push. After two hours of pushing the baby wouldn’t budge and because I was too exhausted the doctors decided to lend me a helping hand and use a ventouse to get the baby’s head out. Another contractions and I officially became a mum on 8th November 2016, at 8:56am.
Because my gestational diabetes wasn’t managed well the second time around and because the baby was measuring very big for his gestational age, my induction date was brought up twice. My due date was supposed to be on 11th February but was brought forward to 1st February and then 24th January at which point baby was measuring almost 9lbs at just 37 weeks.
Due to my high sugar levels, I was admitted in hospital for my sugars to be stabalise before they could induce to prevent my baby from being born with very low sugars and needing special care. The stabalising process involved having a drip of insulin for 48 hours. Once they were satisfied that my sugars were stable enough, I was finally induced at 2:30am on 24th Jan which also happens to be hubby’s birthday.
Unlike with my daughter, I didn’t feel contractions coming for another 12 hours when they first started off as mild and soon got more intense and more frequent. I begged to be examined at around 9pm and was told I was already 5cm dilated and immediately moved to a delivery room.
This time around, there were more medical interventions than in my first induction because I had developed a fever and they were concerned that it may be an infection. Also because I lost a lot of blood with my daughter, the hospital were very cautious and had measures in place to better manage the situation.
Again, I asked for an epidural because although I’m super mum because I have cooked 2 babies and given birth, I also know I’m just human and the pain of being induced is intense and I wasn’t trying to kill myself. Plus, for some reasons this time around I was overwhelmed with fear. I don’t know if it was due to the fact that I no longer was a labour virgin and knew what hard work it took to bring a human into the world or because I had so many drips running into my veins that it felt like I was there for more than just childbirth, but I remember praying to God to keep me and my son in His safe hands because I wasn’t sure we’d both make it. Thank God for answered prayers.
Again, I wasn’t successful at pushing my baby out and this time had to use forceps to bring him out. He was finally born at 4:05am on 25th January….a day after his dad.
Labour is hard…induced labour is worse. Of course due to my condition I wasn’t able to avoid it in both pregnancies and I can only thank God that both times I had very little complications.
I know interventions such as ventouse or forceps aren’t ideal but these are to be expected when opting for an epidural and I knew what I was getting myself into.
I now have two beautiful and healthy children and it still feels like a dream because I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve them. My family is now complete!
– Pessary – an elastic or rigid device that is inserted into the vagina to support the uterus and trigger contractions/labour.
– Cervical Sweep – Before inducing labour, women offered a “membrane sweep”, also known as a “cervical sweep”, to bring on labour. The midwife or doctor sweeps their finger around your cervix. This action should separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix.
– Ventouse – also known as vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery or vacuum extraction (VE), is a method to assist delivery of a baby using a vacuum device.
– Forceps– smooth metal instruments that look like large spoons or tonhs. They’re curves to fit around the baby’s head.