Unexpected early labour signs at 36 + 5 weeks
It was Friday the 16th of December and we were at Mr G’s work Christmas party. All went well and I was so surprised that I lasted ‘till midnight!
The party wrapped up at 12am and I really needed to go to the toilet before driving us home. I went to the toilet and did what one usually does there and I noticed an abnormal wetness and a trickle down my leg, “hmm, that’s not normal” I thought to myself. I felt my body start to shake with disbelief and shock that this could be it! I got myself together and quickly walked up to Gavin and said, “we have to go NOW, I think my waters have just broken”. It was agreed that this would be Gavin’s last opportunity to drink as I was 36 + 5 weeks pregnant. Needless to say, Gavin was quite happy and…drunk!
We left the party so fast, I knew people would have thought it strange that we didn’t even say goodbye. I remember driving home thinking “oh my god”. I was so damn nervous. I’m surprised I could concentrate on driving at all.
I got home, had a shower and went to bed.
At this stage of my pregnancy, I was sleeping in a separate bedroom to Gavin because sleeping in a water bed 36 weeks pregnant was extremely uncomfortable. At 2.40am the same thing happened again, I felt a trickle which actually woke me up. I had no pain. I went into Gavin and told him what had happened, although he didn’t remember the next morning that I’d actually told him this.
Part of me felt like I didn’t want to believe it was happening and I found myself questioning if it was really ‘it’! I don’t know how I managed it, but I went back to bed.
At 7.30am I thought, “Ok, I really need to call the labour ward”. I told the sister everything that had happened and she said without hesitation, “have a shower and come to the hospital. Bring your bags.” I was completely expecting her to tell me to not worry and stay at home until I had some sort of pain! After hanging up the phone, I cried my eyes out! I couldn’t believe it, it’s not real, but I was also prepared for the possibility that they may send me home after I went into the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital at 9.00am or so, dropping into the chemist for some nappies aka maternity pads. Once at the hospital, they took me straight into a delivery suite. I was not having any contractions that I could feel. My obstetrician didn’t work on weekends so I had another OBGYN (my luck) but she was lovely. The OBGYN and midwife were sitting waiting for me to arrive. I didn’t expect that nor to go straight into a delivery suite!
They did an internal examination to check if it was my waters that had broken. I can remember feeling bloody uncomfortable during the process! I remember the OBGYN and midwife softly talking to each other, I couldn’t really understand their muffled voices and then I remember the OBGYN saying “yes, it seems as though it is the waters from around the baby.”
I flushed red. After another internal, she confirmed I was 2cm dilated. I couldn’t believe it. She gave me an option, “You can start things now and you’ll have a baby today or you can go home and come back tomorrow morning.” There was no way I was going home! I’d go crazy and I would not sleep. And of course, I wanted my baby that day! So we said, “let’s do it now.” I was mentally ready to do it.
Then the OBGYN looked at me and asked, “So how long do you think it’ll take to have a baby?” “Oh, maybe about 12 hours” I replied. “OK, well let’s aim to have a baby by 12 tonight then,” replied the OBGYN.
I was ready to go and nothing but positive!
What happened next? Read on to part 2 – My birth story: In Labour