I hope you found “Part 1 – Congratulations!” helpful. I can’t help it but, it was just so much to write on it and I hope if you’re back for more, do let me know (or drop your comment on Facebook) so that your feedback will encourage me to continue writing (sometimes we could use a little of encouragement yea?).
Welcome back to “Part 2 – It’s Coming!!!” If you happen to come about this article and somehow you haven’t read “Part 1 – Congratulations!”, just click on this link below to find out what you’ve missed:
That’s What She Said
Christine and I laughed among ourselves. We were just not ready. We still had things to do, we still had things to buy. No, not yet.
That happened somewhere between week 37/38. It was supposed to be due on 40! It was supposed to be an Easter Baby!
We were told by our gynae that we can be sure that the child will come, but we cannot be sure of the day and time when. When it comes, it comes. That was why in Part 1, point #9, I talked about the last two preparations that you need to look into. One of which, “The Hospital Bag”.
We took “The Hospital Bag” in and out, wherever we went. When we went to work, we brought it along. When we went out for groceries, we brought it along. When we went home, we brought it along too. You better bring your “Hospital Bag” along.
We actually told our baby to wait. Don’t come out yet.
At this time, we were able to feel baby kicking. We were also able to see baby moving from the surface of Christine’s tummy. Christine also felt the pressure onto her pelvis area was increasing as well. This also meant that the pain is also increasing. I’m not trying to induce fear in you. It happened.
Her check-ups at the Government Health Clinic has been more frequent. Before was monthly, now it’s a weekly affair.
If you’re reading this, and if you, or your partner is at the last four weeks of the full term, meaning week 36 onward, I’m gonna share with you 3 things starting with the alphabet “P”, that might be helpful to you.
Disclaimer: Follow any of the suggested below at your own risk (sounds so sad but… what to do?).
“So how would you know?”
I guess that’s one of the common questions you’d find people asking. You would have also probably watched in the movies that before the woman delivers, her the water bag will burst. But what if the water bag didn’t burst… yet?
There are signs.
Just look at the stars in the sky at night. They’ll tell you nothing (sorry the word “signs” triggered).
So before you enter into labour, you go into pre-labour (like duh Abel!!!). It’s legit.
And at the pre-labour stage, is where all the signs and wonders, sorry no wonders (“signs” triggered again) appear; tangible signs that you will be able to recognize.
Here are some of them…
2. Pain Management
Christine got admitted around 10:30 pm, changed into the patient gown, while I waited for her outside at the Waiting Area of the Labour Hall.
It was quiet until a cockroach came in and I killed it (random much). And it became quiet again.
Christine started what you call as “Pain Management” in medical terms. I could only imagine she was undergoing much pain that she needed the pain relief at quite regular intervals.
From what I understand, with the Government Hospital, there are two kinds of pain relief you can choose from.
Christine chose Entonox.
It was effective.
On the other hand, should you labour in a Private Hospital, you may opt for Epidural as well.
A friend of ours also shared that she was on Epidural for her first too. However, as the Epidural was in effect, she couldn’t feel when she should push, and when she should not. Her husband who was an Anaesthetist, stopped the Epidural, and shortly after, the baby was born.
Christine’s labour experience was smooth. It was painful, but it was manageable. The labour was quick too. Thank God.
A recollection of what happened:
9th April 2019:
- @ ~14:00 – 1st visit to the Labour Hall.
10th April 2019
- @ ~11:00 – 2nd visit to the Labour Hall.
- @ ~22:00 – Admission
11th April 2019
- @ 02:57 – Baby was born.
Also, Christine’s water bag didn’t burst prior to Admission.
Even though different woman goes through labour differently, you would be able to pick up the tangible signs here and there.
May Christine’s experience help you in your own preparation.
There are 3 practices that we would like to highlight, which may or may not have been made known to you.