The Labor Part 1

The labor process has to start telling from 28 Feb 2010…

Before that date, everything was fine and normal for me… I was still reporting to work and my boss keep saying things like "please do this this this if you haven't give birth"… and I was still telling him its still a long way to my EDD… not so soon… I have been feeling tightening of of my stomach way before that… I didn't know that was contraction until the Friday before (26 Feb 2010) where my gynae who is doing my check up for me told me about it… he even mention that there is no need to panic unless this contraction become regular and painful.. which i wasn't experiencing any at that time…

Then came the fateful day of 28 Feb 2010… I woke up in the morning and went to wash up as usual… and to my surprise I had some "show" (i.e. blood flow at that area)… from what I understand from my gynae, ante-natal class and forum reading, I know that there is no need to rush immediately to the hospital… as a "show" can happen weeks before the delivery… nobody know exactly when… so, I waited… I dare not eat too much for breakfast as I'm afraid the I will pop any moment… but the day pass on without any more "signs"….

Came Monday 1 March 2010… I realise that I have more discharge than normal… I'm not sure if that is the "water" from the water bag or just normal vaginal discharge… i called up the clinic, they told me to wait and see if the "water" gets more or if I have regular contraction… took the day off that day in case I really pop (and FT tot i tio the 10 million toto)… but waited for one day, the "water" never increased…

So I decide to go back to work on 2 March… hubb keep suggesting that I take leave to stay home but I think I should walk more to help in my delivery…. that night we brought forward the gynae appt from 3 March to 2 March… and I was "scolded" by my gynae for not informing him about the water… but he later did a check and confirm its juz normal discharge, although it is a bit watery…

3rd March, I was back to work… After having my breakfast, I went to toilet and realise that my panty is wetter than normal… i'm not sure if its the discharge again or just a water bag leak… called up my hubb and decide we should head for the hospital… just in case… he went home to bring our barang barang, while I waited in office… but as I wait I realise that I'm not getting wetter, so I suspect that it might just be the discharge.. so when my hubb arrived, I asked him if we should still go to the hospital, I dunno how we came to the conclusion that we should just go… so I told my colleagues and headed off to the hospital, causing a small hoo-ha among my project team mates…. and it turn out to be a false alarm… contractions were not regular, and test of the "water" prove to be just normal discharge… so we were out of the hospital 2 hours later SGD70+ poorer… 😛

because of this, hubb suggest I take leave from now on… actually I wanted to continue working, cos going to work will make me walk more and also get my mind off the labor… if I stay home I really have no idea what to do.. and i'm getting more and more impatient… but since he is having a late meeting on thursday and he is afraid he won't be able to pick me up on time for work, I decide to take the thursday off and friday I'm already on leave for my HDB appointment…

4th March, in the middle of the night going to 5th March, I started feeling painful contractions… the contractions will travel from the womb area all the way to the back where the buttock is… initially I tried to ignore it.. but i just couldn't sleep… so I took out a watch and start to time my contractions… it was quite regular… every 8 minutes it will come once… but if i wake up and walk around, the contractions become less regular… this lasted from 1 am till about 5 am… I was quite clueless of what to do… cos our HDB appointment is 9am… if I go into labor now, what is going to happen to our first appointment? I woke up my hubb and told him about it, he told me to try going back to sleep and wait till our hdb appointment is over… and so i tried… and surprisingly I was able to fall asleep for 2 hours before I wake up again to go for the HDB appointment…

5th March, dragging a very tired body, we went for our HDB appointment.. during the period we are still contemplating whether to go directly to hospital after the appointment.. but the contraction became irregular.. so we decide to head home after the appointment… and guess what? evening period when I went toilet, I realise that I have more "show" than normal… my whole pantyliner was soiled… I quickly called my hubb, who have just step out of the house to go for an evening meeting, back…. at the same time I tried calling the clinic.. but they are closed for dinner break… so we decide we should head down to the hospital… i took a bath, prepare all the things make a final call to the clinic and finally someone picked up… talk to the gynae, and he told us that unless i'm flowing like a 2nd day of menses, otherwise, its still okie… so false alarm… we put our things back and carry on the fustrating wait… during this period, my MIL was very kan cheong… keep asking us why don't we go to the hospital… during their time, once you see red, you go to the hospital…

6th March, I keep having contractions on and off…. but not regular enough.. and when I'm in pain, my MIL will ask me where pain, how pain.. and this question will be on repeated mode throughout the day and the days that follow… she was getting a bit on my nerve.. but I know she meant well… so i tolerated… 😛 we still went out in the afternoon to do some shopping… hoping that by walking more will help me go into labor faster… and also to get my mind off the whole process… during the day the contractions came quite regularly…. so we were like contemplating whether to go to the hospital again… and my MIL feels that we should.. in the end we tossed a coin and decide that we should just go in and have a check to have a peace of mind.. cos I'm feeling less of baby's movement also… and of course its a false alarm.. i'm not even dilating yet….

7th March is like the day before.. contractions coming in as and when… no more further signs… and i'm getting more impatient and fustrated about this… and the lack of sleep also heighten my fustration…

8th March, I went back to work… the security guard ask me why i'm back and not resting at home… I told him i need to walk more to help my labor.. he told me to take care… and when I went out for lunch.. he even call out to FT and told her to take care of me.. so sweet of him…. and the day just pass on with irregular contractions… i would be talking half way and will pause to wait for the contractions to be over…

9th March, I called in the morning to tell my boss I'm going to take MC… cos I haven't sleep the whole of the night before… and was too tired in the morning…. I rested for the morning… and took a nap in the afternoon while my hubb went to work… then at around 5pm+ my hubb told me he will be back soon, although in the afternoon he told me he will be in office for only a few hours.. but again he dragged on… then at about 6pm after I just took my shower and was sitting in front of my lappy surfing net, the thing happened…

to be continued….

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