My name is Casey, I have a 10 month old baby. I love having a baby, she’s funny, loveable and makes me feel fulfilled.
However, I can’t deny that since she’s been born my partner and I have faced some trials. I have now experienced giving birth, living with a baby with colic, breast feeding (still going!), sleep deprivation, washable nappies and weaning a baby onto gluten when I can’t eat it myself, amongst other experiences.
My colleagues in the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and I would like to share with you some of our stories about being pregnant and about having a baby. We would love to hear from you, and hope that get involved too.
I, like most mothers-to-be, thought non-stop about the birth. I knew that it probably wouldn’t go ‘to plan’ but I knew what I wanted.
I completed an NHS birth plan and went through it with my midwife – I wanted a water birth, I wanted delayed cord clamping, I wanted to be at home as much as possible and I wanted to give birth in Poole Hospital’s maternity unit.
I was lucky, I got all the above. I had my first contractions at 4pm and by 9pm I had a baby in my arms, delivered in the pool, in Poole.
The midwives at Poole Maternity were caring, supportive and they followed my plan because they could.
However, I didn’t bank on the after effects of giving birth. Here’s my tips:
Stock up on frozen peas! I was sore and swollen, my midwife told me to put some frozen peas in freezer bags and sit on them until the swelling went down.
Following on from the above point, walking was out for me for at least a week! Don’t expect to be out and about the next day.
Be prepared for blood. There is way more of that than I thought for days after.
Drink loads of water – your body has just gone through a marathon and needs fluids.
If you are breastfeeding, I found that having a cot that attached to the side of my bed made feeds at night time much easier and lasted until she was over 6 months.
Babies are noisy sleepers! Expect all kinds of farm animals to make an appearance at night.
Forget the house work or food, sleep when you can! Live with the mess, call on grandparents or friends for food. Hire a cleaner. Throw your belongings out the window. Do whatever you have to, just go to sleep!
This was my story. I didn’t experience the challenges of having a c-section and of course everyone’s experience is different, so I would love to hear how you coped with all the physical challenges after giving birth.