I was 40+2 weeks pregnant on 29th June and was already really looking forward to meeting our new baby. That day I was booked in for a membrane sweep to possibly start the labour. I was really scared about the sweep, I have heard this is quite painful and most importantly does not always help! I was really praying to give birth without any sweeps, but it didn’t work out for me. I was on the way to my midwife’s appointment for 1.30pm.
To my disappointment I was greeted by different midwife, who was not in a very good mood that afternoon. She firstly asked me why did they book me in for today if I had my appointment only 2 days ago. She sounded quite annoyed. When I explained to her, that I was booked in for a sweep, she didn’t look any happier at all. Midwife started her normal questions about pregnancy, baby movements, etc. I told her, that my baby does not move as much no more, but I was sure it’s because of the lack of space in my bump. Midwife suddenly looked more excited. She told me I have to go to the hospital to monitor baby’s moves just in case and they would do a sweep after all. She called the hospital and booked me in.
I was actually not a happy bunny, as had to sort out where to leave Daniella and I really didn’t think that monitoring was necessary. I did still feel my baby, just not as often.
Anyway, I called Edward (he was at work) and asked him to come back earlier, so he could go to the hospital with me. He was soon on the way. In the mean time I took Daniella to my mum’s.
I picked up Edward from the station and we went to the Queens hospital in Romford.
That same day, a little earlier, I had quite few awkward but pretty strong contractions. I didn’t pay much attention, as it has happened before. However, they they put me on the monitors and suddenly my contractions became stronger and regular! When midwife came to check us out, she did agree with me, that it could be beginning of my labour.
She checked me out and told I was 2 centimetres dilated! Anyways, with 2 centimetres you could still probably be pregnant for another 2 weeks. It didn’t mean, that labour has started, but I was so full of hope, as contractions wouldn’t stop! Continue reading My Labour Story