Happily Ever After

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Chapter 26 – a happy couple. A happy ending
“how are you feeling Mrs Solis?” asked the doctor “okay, I think” I said not convincing anyone “do you feel nausea or sick?” asked the doctor “I do feel a bit sick actually doctor. Is that a good thing?” I asked “yes. A very good sign. The baby is on her way” said the doctor smiling. We both smiled at the doctor “erm doctor, what are the signs of labour?” asked Mike awkwardly I put my hand on his arm to stop it from shaking and smiled at him then the doctor “there are seven signs, that you should keep a eye on. Sign 1 – Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes (SROM) commonly known as the ‘breaking of the waters’, this happens when the amniotic sac (which surrounds the baby) ruptures, resulting in amniotic fluid trickling or gushing from your vagina. This happens as the first sign of labour in around 15-25% of labours, so it’s not as common as the TV soap operas would have you believe. You may notice a smaller gush of waters or sometimes it may be an enormous flood. Some women also notice a ‘popping’ sensation as their waters break. Amniotic fluid can leak for days and even after the waters have broken, the fluid will still be replenished. If you suspect you have broken your waters, pop a pad on (do not use tampons) and call your midwife or labour ward who will ask a few questions to help distinguish what has happened. Sometimes it may be a bladder leak – don’t feel embarrassed if this is the case, as it’s quite common in the latter stages of pregnancy. Some indicators that your waters that have broken are: Having no control over the flow A panty liner is inadequate to absorb the fluid The pad is wet more than once, and It doesn’t smell like urine Some women describe their waters smelling a bit like ‘semen’ so if you do notice a smell, mention this to the midwife. Your waters should be clear or may have a pink tinge to them. If they are green, brown or any other colour you should get checked out by your doctor or midwife. Waters usually break during the night, some wake to their waters breaking and some wake to go to the toilet and find their water breaks as they get up. It can happen other times also. Sign 2 – Contractions Regular contractions are a good indicator that you are in labour. Early labour contractions usually feel like period pain or you may experience a lower backache at around 20 to 30 minute intervals. Sometimes these pains may radiate from back to front, or vice versa. There is no need to start timing the contractions straight away – if they are mild contractions, ignore them. If you feel there has been progress with early contractions (e.g. getting stronger, longer and closer together), time 5 contractions and see how they are panning out, then time another 5 when you feel there has been further progress. To time your contractions count how many seconds there are between the start and the end of the contraction. You can also time how long it is between contractions by counting how many minutes there are between the start of one contraction and the start of the next contraction. Approximately 3-5 minutes apart and roughly a minute long are a good sign that you are in labour. Labour contractions can start off coming at irregular intervals, but usually become more regular – this is why ignoring early contractions is helpful, as it avoids unnecessary disappointment and anxiety when the contractions aren’t progressing as you hoped. If you are in labour, the contractions will become stronger and last longer. This is the main indicator of labour contractions – time between the contractions is also good, however some women will have contractions that last anywhere between 5-10 minutes apart until the birth. So its the stronger, longer opening contractions you want! It is possible to experience contractions without your cervix dilating. You may still be in pre-labour and not established labour if: Your contractions are irregular The contractions aren’t getting increasingly stronger A change in position, massage, walking, eating or drinking relieves or stops the contractions The contractions are short or may last several minutes Labour contractions will: Not stop or slow down, regardless of frequency and your activity Be in a fairly predictable pattern (e.g. every eight minutes although some women will have regular contractions every 5-10 minutes throughout) Become increasingly closer together Last longer Become stronger (walking usually makes them stronger) Build up, have a peak, then reduce. Sign 3 – Mucus Plug / ‘Bloody’ Show As your cervix begins to dilate (open), the thick mucus plug which sealed off your cervix during pregnancy (to prevent infection reaching the baby) may come loose and partially or wholly discharge from your vagina. It may be watery or sticky and be jelly-like in appearance, and sometimes has a brown, pink or red tinge to it. Some describe it as looking like a blob of semen and it may be as big as a 50 cent coin or more. The show may occur over several days and sometimes you can lose your show up to two weeks before labour starts. Most women who do notice their show will go into labour over the following few days. Some women will not notice their show at all; others may lose their show when their waters break. Take a look at our poll and discussion in our forums as to when women noticed their show and when labour started, here. Sign 4 – Involuntary Shivering Even if you are not cold, you may experience shivering or trembling in early labour. The same thing can happen during or after birth, and can be frightening if you aren’t sure why your body is doing it. It’s simply your body’s way of relieving tension and often lasts only a few minutes. What you can do to help is by doing something relaxing, like a warm shower, massage, deep breathing etc. Holding your breath to the count of 5 several times consecutively can stop the shivers. Another little trick you can try is to count backwards in threes from 20. 20, 17, 14, 11… Sign 5 – Lightening When your baby has dropped and settled deeper into your pelvis, you might notice that you can breathe a little easier than before. This happens because it relieves some pressure on your diaphragm. However, as a pay off, you may then feel more pressure on your bladder, which means more trips to the bathroom! Sometimes others around you might be first to notice that baby has dropped as your tummy changes in appearance, which you might not have realised. Some women don’t experience ‘lightening’ at all and go into labour fine – if your baby doesn’t drop, it doesn’t mean you wont go into labour or baby wont fit. Some good contractions can help with that! Sign 6 – Diarrhoea In the days prior to birth, production of prostaglandin will stimulate your bowels to open more frequently. As labour approaches, you may notice diarrhoea – the body is naturally emptying the bowels to make way for baby. A very common fear is that you will open your bowels in labour, however you may find this emptying of the bowel prior to going into labour prevents that. Sometimes there can be some passing of stools during labour. Some women don’t even notice as midwives quickly attend to this, however keep in that the midwives are used to this and it is very normal. Anxiety in labour can slow or stall contractions, so if it is of great concern to you, have a chat with your midwife. Sign 7 – Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions These ‘practice’ contractions which you may have felt during pregnancy may occur more frequently and be more intense and painful. Some women may not feel any Braxton Hicks throughout pregnancy so don’t feel alarmed if you haven’t and this doesn’t mean labour is any further away. Remember, to distinguish Braxton Hicks from labour contractions, note the points from the contractions paragraph – if they are labour contractions and not Braxton Hicks, they need to be getting stronger, regular, closer together and do not stop!” said the doctor …

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By the time the doctor had finished explaining Mike’s arm had stop shaking. We both stood up “thank you doctor” I said shaking his hand “good luck, here” said the doctor and he gave us a booklet of what he had explain to us but in more detail “goodbye” said the doctor and we shut the door

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“That was very useful what Dr Miles told us” said Mike getting into the car “yes it was” I said as Mike started the car and drove “but?” asked Mike “there’s no but” I lied “yeah there is, come on Tess. I’ve known you for long enough. I know when you’re lying” said Mike “what’s up?” “Talk to me” he added as we stopped at some traffic lights “it’s just … I’m scared” I said “with mum not talking to me and everything. I’m all alone” I said and I started to cry “she’s still not talking to you? aw T, you’re not alone, you’ve got me” said Mike smiling at me “thanks babe, I’ve texted her and rang her but” I said shrugging my shoulders “I give up, if she wants to act like a child, let her” I added sounding angry now “aww honey, I don’t know what to say, but don’t forget that I love you” said Mike trying to make me smile “I love you too” I said with no smile “are you okay?” asked Mike sounding worried whilst looking ahead and started to drive “yeah I’m fine, I just feel sick” I said “I’ll get you home as soon as I can I promise” said Mike putting his hand on my left shoulder, trying to confront me “are we having the baby at the hospital or at home?” he asked “hospital, I was born at the hospital so was Max” I said “what about Alyssa?” asked Mike. I went silence “I don’t know, I don’t know about anything about Alyssa. I just know her name and where she lives which is Yeovil and she has a little girl” I said “don’t you think it’s weird?” asked Mike “what is weird? I don’t understand” I said “that your mum had a girl and now you’re having a girl” said Mike “two girls” I corrected him “huh?” asked Mike “mum had two girls. Me and Alyssa” I said “yeah, do you want to find her?” asked Mike as we packed in the driveway next to Susan’s car and got out. I got my house keys out of my bag and open the castle’s front door and we walked in “find who?” I asked “Alyssa” said Mike “yeah of course” I said “I just need to …” I stopped and bent down with my hands on my tummy because it was hurting “babe, is it the baby?” asked Mike. I stood back up “no it’s okay” I said “sure?” asked Mike “yes” I said smiling and looked at Mike

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“What did the doctor say?” asked Max “that the baby is healthy” I said smiling at my brother “Mike asked what synthons that we should look out for” I added “yeah? And how are you feeling now?” asked Max “sick” I said “do you want me to get Mike?” asked Max “no it’s okay, I just think I need to lie down and sleep, you know” I said and I walked over to the bed and sat down towards my fluffy pink pillow and laid down “I’ll let you sleep okay” said Max. I closed my eyes and Max quietly got up and Mike was standing by the door “oh hi” said Mike as Max walked out of the room “hi” said Max, but his reply was so cold towards Mike “is Tess okay?” asked Mike ignoring Max’s cold response “she is feeling sick” said Mike “has her water broke yet?” asked Mike “no, she’s asleep at the moment” said Max “you’re going to be good parents” he added smiling “thank you” said Mike “your welcome, her water could break any minute” said Max “really?” asked Mike “yes” said Max. Mike smiled at Max “I’m glad you’re here Maxie” he said “me too” said Max “so is Tess” said Mike. Max smiled then he heard noises coming from my bedroom. They both rushed to the bedroom and opened the door and saw me in pain. They rushed over to me “Tess?” they asked “Mike, I think my water’s just broke” I said

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