Let’s talk about labour

I know I’m supposed to but I haven’t spent any time thinking about my birth plan yet. Partly because thinking about it makes it more real and the thought of going into labor again is terrifying. The labor hurts, the epidural needle hurts, the pethidine hurts, the IV hurts and the cervic check makes me want to hulk smash something. Yes, I’m a big baby even after 3 deliveries.

I had a bit of a scare last night with some pretty bad crampish pain so I guess it is time to start thinking about it.

Here’s the general idea of how it’s gonna go down: Contractions -> Get to the hospital -> PUSH, C’MON PUUUUSH!! -> Baby -> YAYYY -> The end.


If you want deets, I’ve readjusted some parts of Finn’s birth plan and this round is going to be quite different. Read on only if you’re ready for some TMI.

Epidural: YES. 

I attempted going meds free with Finn and chickened out almost immediately once the contractions started coming in hard and fast, which is when I realised that I’m an epidural kind of girl and that’s ok.

Mobility: Not much. 

It’s my third VBAC and there are the usual risks of wound rupture so I’ll have to be hooked on to the CTG machine once I get in. Ain’t gonna be much walking around once the party starts.

Episiotomy: Not entirely keen but likely.

Both Kirsten and Finn got a little bit stuck on the way out and the gynae recommended one to minimise the pressure on the C-section wound. If it has to happen, I’ll take one for the team, is all I’m saying.

Video Footage: HELL NO. 

No, just no.

Backup plan: Emergency C-Section. 

I hope it doesn’t come down to this but if there are any complications, immediately abort mission and go for a C-section.

Post delivery: Boob time and lots of cuddles.

I finally nailed the breastfeeding with Finn so it’ll also be full breastfeeding fresh from the boobs with baby Theo. With any luck, it’ll be a piece of cake.

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  • Reply cardigal June 14, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Eek, my first was a c-sect and I’m hoping for a natural birth this time. Reading about all these stuff about contractions and epistomy make me feel very scared! Hahaha…

    Oh btw, I chanced upon your blog when I was pumping in the wee hours for my first baby and feeling a bit of déjà vu now waiting for #2 to be out. :p

    God bless you a smooth and fast delivery!

    • Reply Daphne June 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Oooh congrats on #2!! Even with the labor, I think I’d still prefer natural birth over a c-sect any day. Hang in there and have a smooth delivery too! :)

  • Reply Susan June 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I totally hear you. I’m 39 weeks pregnant with number 4. And in total denial. Haven’t packed a bag, haven’t thought about the labour mostly because of
    The pain and the pain of having another child!!!! It’s easier
    In than out!

    Good luck

    • Reply Daphne June 17, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      39 weeks??!! Haha I think it’s time to pack that bag! All the best, it’ll all be worth it when you’re holding the little baby in your arms and all will be forgotten. Hopefully!

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