On Wednesday I turned 9 months pregnant. 36 weeks carrying my little boy! Before being pregnant I genuinelly always thought pregnany was 9 months.. when in reality its usually 10 and these last 4 weeks I know are going to be the longest.
I started experiencing ‘contraction like’ pains on tuesday night, a dull period pain ache in my stomach along with awful back cramping. This continued into wednesday and on wednesday evening I started experining regular contraction like pains. Korey downloaded a contraction timer app on his phone and we began timing the contractions. They started to become more regular and by 9 pm I had been having regular contractions that were 2 minutes apart for two hours. We decided it was best to call the hospital as I was really struggling with the pain. Mallory suggested different positions and breathing techniques to try using my Ball but nothing seemed to be helping. We were told we needed to go into hospital and be checked out. I was in so much pain but also concerned that I was not full term yet.
When we got to the hospital, the midwife put me on the monitor to check all was well with the baby and as usual he was as active as ever. She gave me an internal examination which is one of the most horrible painful experiences! (not to scare you!) but prepare yourself for it to be unpleasent. After my internal exam I was left feeling really disappointed because my cervix was still closed despite the pain and contractions. They gave me a scan and discovered that the baby was back to back and this is why I was in such agonising pain in my back. They think that he maybe trying to get himself into the correct position.
We ended up in hospital till 5 in the morning and the doctor wanted to keep me in incase my contractions continued and I went into labour. I decided that I didn’t want to stay in hospital because I was exhausted and knew I would find it hard to sleep alone on the ward. Deep down I knew today wasn’t the day I would get to meet my little boy so we went home feeling disappointed and still suffering in agony. Next time I leave the hospital hopefully it will be with my baby! Fingers crossed.
To update you on how I am feeling, I have stopped having contractions but I am still in agonising pain especially in my back. The pain I am experiencing is a constant dull ache and the worst period pains I have ever felt. I am trying to stay as active as possible, by walking, cleaning, wrapping christmas presents and bouncing on my ball. I am trying my best to do exercises to get him into the correct position but it is really tough when the pain is so strong! I would love to hear from any of you who have had similar experiences or how your labour began. It would really cheer me up to hear from some other mums, so please let me know how your own labours began and if any of you have experienced a back to back labour. I really hope he doesn’t make me wait to much longer and manages to get into the right position for an easier labour!
Love H xx