I had a very easy pregnancy – felt great throughout all of it and gained about 30-35 lbs overall (I was slightly overweight to begin with).

At 37 weeks, I thought I would be pregnant forever (don’t we all feel that way?) but then I hit 38 weeks and I realized I would be having a baby very soon.

I worked on Feb. 12, 13 and then there was a Valentine’s Day snowstorm so I stayed home that day. I went into work on Feb. 15 to have my work baby shower! I told everyone that I would not be coming back (they thought I was a silly first time mom).

I went for my dr’s appt on Feb. 16 and my dr (who never gave me much information other than “looks good”) told me that I would have a baby by Monday. I was a little shocked that she was so sure but, hey, she does this a lot.

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Charlotte Sofia made her arrival 3 days late on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and measured 19 ½ inches long. Here is my story:

I had an OB appointment on June 29th (my due date), and the doctor informed me I was 2cm and 75% effaced. He said we would induce on July 7th if the baby did not come on her own. I was determined NOT to be induced, so I continued with walking and bouncing on my exercise ball, while also taking Evening Primrose Oil and drinking Red Raspberry leaf tea.

The morning of July 1st, I was so distraught about not having the baby yet that I called my best friend up in tears, begging her to walk around the mall with me! We walked for about an hour and I came home in the early afternoon and did more exercises/stretching. I started feeling some mild cramping around midnight and by 3:00 am was feeling mild contractions. I woke my husband around 6:00 am and told him “we are having this baby today”! I let him go back to sleep and I laid on the couch & timed my contractions for the next couple of hours.

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So it all started about 12:45am on September 18, 2009, early Friday morning.  Woke up wondering why I was peeing myself then came out of my prego sleep stupor and realized that it probably wasn’t pee…  So I ran to our bedroom (sleeping on the couch the past few weeks) and woke up George.  We agreed to call our midwife, Sherry and let her know.  She came over about 1:45am, checked my vitals and as I got up from a reclined position, the infamous “gush” arrived and I quickly waddled to the bathroom.

We all agreed to try to get a good night’s sleep for the inevitable labor heading my way.  Sleep was ok but contractions had no doubt begun.  Very much like I had been told, they felt like strong menstrual cramps though much more rhythmical.

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3rd of August, Monday: I attended an appointment with my midwife to discuss induction since I was 9 days past my due date (original due date 25th July 2009). I asked her if, induced, would I be still able to have a waterbirth as I had done with Lily. She stated that she didn’t see why not, especially since I had had a waterbirth before with Lily and there were no complications with my pregnancy.

The appointment for induction was scheduled for 8AM the next morning at the birthing centre.

I didn’t sleep well the night before. It wasn’t how I had wanted things to go – the word induction lit all kinds of warning signals in my mind. And although it was more ‘planned’ than a spontaneous labour, it felt open now for interventions, and those were something I had always desired to avoid.

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It all started on Monday January 28th, 2008 when I arrived at work at 6:45am. The morning routine started as usual but by mid-morning, around 10ish, I started noticing occasional cramping-like feelings in my lower abdomen. They would come and go every 20-30 minutes and last approximately 10-15 seconds and felt similar to premenstrual cramps except sometimes I would have to stop what I was doing because of the strong sensation.  Not knowing exactly what they were, I asked my co-workers their opinion and they said it sounded like I was having Braxton-Hicks contractions. That sounded like a reasonable answer so I continued my shift taking note of these cramps/contractions, their intensity and location.

As the day progressed they would follow one another and then stop for a while and then start again and I would have to stop walking or talking and let them pass. I started thinking if this could be the beginning of labor: could I work the following day with the contractions? would I be going to work at all the rest of the week? Was this IT??

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The power of prayer and faith before and throughout my pregnancy to have a natural childbirth lead me to have this truly amazing birth!

After battling 6 weeks of pre-term labor that landed me with strict bedrest and at 3cm dilated and 75% effaced, my 36th week came around. It was a Friday night and I was trying to sleep, but at midnight my first contraction hit, although it wasn’t painful. I was wondering if they were just my usual Braxton Hick’s but couldn’t get comfortable in bed.

I got up and called my midwife who told me to take a bath and see if they stopped and call her back in an hour. So I did, but they didn’t. I called her back at 1am and she said to time them for an hour and if they got stronger, longer, and/or closer together to call her back. After an hour they were still 5-7 minutes apart and not any stronger, but had gone from 30 seconds long to a minute long.

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I went from planning on making supper around 4:00, to sending hubby out to get McDonalds and my sister around 4:20, to them arriving home an hour later and 10 minutes after that hubby calling for my sister to come and catch while he was on the phone with 911.  The midwives were about 20 minutes out, but there was no way to know that I was going to go that fast.

I took a bath after hubby and our son left, and then went and laid down to see how that would feel.  The contractions had been about 10 minutes apart until about 4pm and then went to about 3 minutes but totally manageable just after that.  Once I laid down, I realized that I wasn’t getting back up again.  I didn’t have the phone to call the midwives or hubby, and the contractions started coming one on top of another, about 2 minutes apart and I was having trouble focusing on anything else.  Hubby and my sister and our son arrived and my sister got him into the kitchen for supper.

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Well, after wondering just when real labour would start and the Little Mister would arrive, we found out early this morning. At around 11:30 last night my contractions were strong enough to keep me from sleeping, and about 3 minutes apart. I got into the tub to do the “bath test” (the midwives have found that if after a bath the contractions feel better, a woman probably isn’t in active labour yet. If they’re worse, it’s active labour). The contractions got worse, and I decided to call my midwife to give her a heads up. She arrived around 12:30am.

I was still able to walk around and talk for a while, but after about an hour, the pain was really starting to get to me. My midwife broke my water to speed things up, which made the contractions more intense. They were in my back (and my butt) and it was all that I could do to concentrate and just breathe through it all. Hubby heated up a magic bag for my back, and I sat against a big pillow for a bit. Finally, I just had to go to bed. I wanted to rest. I was tired. No such luck.

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Thursday, the 29th of September, I got up early as usual, went to the gym and had a uneventful morning. We started schoolwork after our usual morning schedule once I got home and Kim had left for work, and close to 11 a.m., I felt my first sensation. I was not quite sure it was real labour though because it was so mild and much lower down than I anticipated.

With both Sinéad and Regan, I felt my first signs of labour when I had a “high up” menstrual cramp that slowly moved down during the day. As they increased in intensity and duration, I realised this was probably the real thing, and chatting with Kim on Trillian, I told him that it seemed to be starting, but he didn’t need to come home yet. Even when I did get him to come home, I did not think it would be for a while.

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It was a typical Monday until 11 pm right on the nose. Justin and I had just finished watching one of our favorite shows, Seinfeld. I was enjoying Lily’rei’s hiccups and laughing and sharing this by holding Justin’s hand over my belly while she made my body bounce.

Then all of a sudden I felt a stronger pop-pop…it felt “different”. I got up and had some leaking, I felt then that my water had broken, but it was more of a trickle than a gush so I wasn’t sure. I used the bathroom and Justin called the midwife, who told him that I should start into full blown labor soon, maybe by morning so I should get some rest. She told him again as we had been previously instructed to wait until contractions were 1 minute in length and 5 minutes apart before coming in.

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