Labor & Birth

Giving birth is wild. From contractions to water births, hospital bags to c-sections, here’s what you need to know. Read real stories from real mamas and explore expert advice on what to expect during labor and birth.

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C-section recovery

I'm having so much anxiety around my emergency c-section recovery (at day 6 now) 😭 I've never had a surgery before and I'm worried about how I will recover with such lack of sleep from looking after a newborn (it's just my husband and I, we have no other family/friends who can help). Anyone else feel the same or…

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In hospital-curtains closed

Am I weird? Currently in hospital due to a suspected heart condition and I am 25 weeks pregnant. Been here for a couple of days and moved to two wards. Each ward everyone has their curtains closed, all day every day. Sometimes you can hear that they are on TikTok and playing videos. When did people become so an...

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Elective c-section?

So I’ve struggled quite a bit generally with anxiety and obviously pregnancy has brought this out in a big way in some ways and interestingly very little in others. But the good old anxiety has been really kicking in these last couple of weeks, particularly as I’m thinking about birth plans and more and more I feel ...

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General Anesthesia C-section anyone?

I will likely have to have a c-section in order to get a cyst on my ovary removed. Why don’t more moms opt for general anesthesia? I get wanting to see your baby right away, but you’ll still get to see them when you wake up. Why not opt to avoid the traumatic experience of someone rearranging your intestines? Am i b...

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Hospital bag essentials?

I’m 35+4 and wondering if anyone else has done their hospital bag? I feel like I’m forgetting something and I don’t want to overpack. This is my second, I didn’t have one for my first due to being 6 weeks premature. So any list or ideas?

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Warning… Discharge

Coughing or laughing, Had a few bits like this fall out over the past 5 days, maybe like 2/3 times, I went into maternity unit the first time it happened and It wasnt waters and cervix was closed. It’s happened again yesterday and today Is this mucus plug coming away? Pressures stronger and got back pains and a...

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Elective c section or induction

Hi just out of interest can you just request for an elective section or an induction ? Or has there got to be some reasoning behind it other than just anxious & ready for babe to be here?

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Can't get out of bed- HELP

I am doing really well about 1 week post C-section delivery besides finding a way to get up and out of bed from sleeping on my back that doesn't engage my core & cause excruciating pain. Even twisting to lie on my side will have me wincing in pain. The movement to get upright is absolutely hell. Ideas welcome! 💛

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Birth Plan- Anyone who already has children have they had a positive natural birth ? I’m going for natural birth as possible with just gas and air ( maybe epidural ) if worst comes to worst. I’m just worried about the tears with natural

Birth - 27-+2

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C section tips

Im meeting my midwife tomorrow to ask for an c section due to my mum getting fibromyalgia from a traumatic birth, doing research says that it could be dormant in me until I have something traumatic happen e.g like birth and I think a planned c section is the best way as I’m feeling very anxious as iv seen what my mu...

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Hospital bag list

I genuinely have no idea where to start when it comes to packing a hospital bag. A lot of people I know said they ended up overpacking. What is essential when it comes to packing for baby? 😊

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C section

People opting for planned c section how early did you find out your dates?

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Induction

Anyone been induced and still able to have to labour they wanted? Last time I wanted a relaxed, hands off water birth in the midwife led unit. Instead I was told I had to give birth lying on a bed, hormone drip, constant checks and on labour ward

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Induction

I’ve been booked in to be induced on Sunday (41+3). This will be my second baby as with my first I had him normally without any intervention bar 2 sweeps and he came 40+4. This time I’ve had 4 sweeps already and baby just doesn’t want to come out. They’ve said they’ll break my waters as I’m already dilated and then ...

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Miss February arrived!

Little Coral Cove arrived via planned c section on Monday! Absolutely in awe. If anyone has any worries about the c section, feel free to reach out, having had two positive c sections under different circumstances, happy to help. I know this is my last baby so trying to soak up the cuddles whilst I can! I just don't...

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Early induction

I’m being induced tomorrow at 37 weeks exactly is there any positive stories where induction has worked when early? Thank you

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