My honest take on my labour and birth experience. I appreciate that each woman’s individual experience will be different to the next. So here is mine…
I wrote this blog post while the memory was still quite fresh in my mind. It was only 8 weeks since I had my second baby and although this time round “the fear” was leaving me much quicker than it did with my first (it took me almost a year to ‘forget’ how terrifying that was!) the memory was still fresh enough to know that I don’t want to do it again any time soon!
This is based on MY personal experience. That’s the beauty of labour and birth, each persons experience of it is so unique. While I’m sure some people will think “mine was nothing like that…”, I’m positive others will relate.
The first stage
“Oh my goodness, yay! Baby time!”
The excitement hits you, you feel that first little cramp, your waters break and we’re off! Oh how excited and naive you are, you can do this no problem!
The second stage
“Ok, so yes this hurts now, but really it’s not that bad, I don’t know what everyone complains about this is fine…”
You’re still clueless as to what is to come, you think it’s kind of a breeze really. You can TOTALLY do this! You’ve got this contraction thing down, easy.
The third stage
“Don’t touch me, don’t talk to me, don’t breathe near me, don’t look at me, help me!!!”
You’re in ‘established labour’ as they call it. It’s all come out of nowhere, what is this?! You are in the zone now, they ask if you want gas and air, you think “why are you asking me this and why isn’t it in my damn mouth already!!!”. Now the fun begins.
The fourth stage
“I’M. ON. FIIIIIIIIRRRRRREEEEEEE!!!!!”
The heads coming. The heads almost out. You have no words. Beast mode is on. Now the shoulders…”what the……FFFFF**************K?!?!?!?”. Oh.
The fifth stage
“Thank God that’s over….wait what?!?”
Oh it’s so not over…nobody told you about this part. You have to start pushing again, you have to get the placenta out. Woohoo! It’s out…now it’s all over……nope not yet!! The stirrups come out, legs go up, and your midwife is coming toward you, wheeling her little trolley of sharp instruments intended for your lady garden. Oh God…the fear is coming again! This is an entirely different experience….I can’t even…..
The sixth stage
“It’s over I did it, oh my goodness, I might go for a sleep now….*baby starts crying*…oh wait…I’m a parent now!”
The relief is unbelievable, you feel like the most powerful woman alive, you totally didn’t know you could do that. You did it though, and you are certain you don’t want to do it again anytime soon…(even though I did!). Just wait until you stand up…that’s another story!
But in the end, it’s all worth it…right?
Skint Momma xx