Second time around for me and this pregnancy was so unlike the first. My morning sickness lasted about 4 weeks and boy was I glad to see that go. I grew differently, carrying low the whole time and not getting as big as I did when I was pregnant with Tayla. Even getting things ready was different this time around - most of it was done by my due date but there were still other things waiting, and waiting and still waiting!!
My due date was August 22nd and that came and went without so much of an inkling that things were going to start. It got to a week past my due date and at an antenatal check up the Dr decided, after doing an internal and finding my cervix still high and closed over at 41weeks, I should be admitted to hospital for an induction either that night or the following morning.
So on Wednesday the 28th of August, 2002 I was admitted to the hospital. I spent a good couple of hours hooked up to the fetal monitoring machine to trace the baby's heart rate and movements, it was mainly done to make sure the baby was ok to cope with an induction. At 11pm that night the Dr was set to proceed with the induction but when he felt the baby's position she'd turned slightly oblique and that meant postponing the induction because it'd be too risky with the baby not being in the right position. I was able to get a good nights sleep and was checked again the following morning.
Just before lunch time on the 29th, another Dr checked the baby's positioning and he gave the go ahead for the induction because she'd turned herself head down once more. At 1pm I had my first and only dose of Prostin 1mg gel inserted. I was monitored for 2 hours to make sure firstly that the baby was coping ok and secondly to make sure I wasn't having any reactions to the gel, apparently some women do.
Not long after the gel insertion I began to get period like pains that slowly intensified as the afternoon dragged on. At 8pm I was given an internal and found to be 3-4cm dilated which meant I needed no further doses of Prostin gel or any other induction drugs.
I was using the shower as pain relief and while in there I felt a 'pop' but with all the water already rushing all over me, we didn't know whether it was my waters that broke or not. By 9:30pm I was getting good strong and regular contractions and I decided I wanted some pain relief so I was taken upstairs to the birthing suites. After another internal I was found to be 9cm dilated so wasn't able to have any pain relief other than the gas. They hooked that up for me and I think I had about 4 or 5 puffs on it before they realised the hose wasn't connected properly, at which time I had enough of it anyway.
I was continually monitored during my labour and there weren't any problems with either myself or the baby being able to cope. While lying on the bed being monitored I had the sudden urge to push and after 4 good hard pushes Rhiannah Kathleen May made her debut to the world. At first she wasn't breathing and was blue and looked limp from where I was lying. The Dr's took her to the area they check they babies and proceeded with some bagging and in no time at all I heard those first cries!! And what a relief that brought to us all. (Myself, my mum and Rob).
Rhiannah was born at 10:47pm and weighed in at 8lb 12oz (3970g), measuring 52cm in length and 35.5cm head circumference. I required no stitches (luckily!!) and my labour was only 1hr 20mins.
<P>DD - Tayla Jade 01/12/98<BR>DD - Rhiannah Kathleen May 29/08/02
This message was edited by Carrie B on 9-5-02 @ 9:10 PM