I was 40+1 and woke up at about 5am with a pain. I kinda 'knew' this was it, but lay in bed timing them for the next 30min. They started 10min apart but by 5.45 they were 5min apart. I got out of bed and wondered to the kitchen, leaving DH asleep in bed (it was a sunday so he didn't have to get out of bed early) The contractions were all in my back so the most comfortable position for me was sitting backwards on a highbacked chair with my arms over the top, so stretching out my back. After a while i went into the shower and slowly shaved, just relaxing and enjoying the water on my back. I got out and wondered around the house for a while with nothing on, and then just before DH's 8am alarm went i went itno the bedroom and sat beside him on the bed and woke him up. He just looked at me like i was crazy, and then i walked into the kitchen as another contraction hit, before going back to the bedroom and continuing the conversation. It took quite a few minutes, and two contractions before i finally got through to his head that the baby was coming wink
I got back in the shower for a while, and about 9.30 i rang the hospital and the midwife said it sounds like your in prelabour which could last for a couple of hours or even days. I just about died at the thought of that gasp So to get my mind off things DH and i started playing a card game, but that didn't last very long. We filled up the bath but that didn't work cos i couldn't stretch my back properly and i cried at that, cos i really wanted a waterbirth...
at 10.30am we went to the hospital, got checked and i was 6cm! The nurse was so impressed that she told every other midwife who she saw smile so we got into a room and she started filling out paperwork. She asked if i wanted pain relief and i asked for pethidine ( i had heard that it makes you dilate faster) so she went to get that and the Dr stuck his head in (was a different Dr to mine cos my Dr was off for the weekend) and he chatted to us for a bit. Meanwhile the nurse came back with the pethidine and the Dr left. About 10min after getting the pethidine i felt the need to push, so went up on the bed with the back raised and got to work wink DH said i was pushing for 40min, i was pretty zoned out for most of it. I believe its cos of the pethidine, i just felt like giving up. I even thought to myself at some stage "if i hide this contraction they won't make me push" DH laughed later when i told him tongue
Anyways, at 12.46 my little darling daughter was born. She was quite sleepy, she just lay on my chest with her big eyes open not making a sound. She was 3350gm, 52cm long and absolutely gorgeous smile
So don't listen to what they say about first labors being long. Yes, they can be but not always smile You will be fine, and at the end of it you will have a gorgeous little bub who is all yours!!!