As a first-time mum entering the third trimester of my pregnancy, I began to feel nervous about the actual labour. My partner and I therefore decided to attend hypnobirthing classes which were delivered via Zoom due to coronavirus. The sessions were very informative and made me feel much less anxious about giving birth.
At 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant, as a Saturday night treat, my partner and I ordered pizza and chose a movie to watch. Halfway through the film, at 11:30pm, my waters broke! We phoned the hospital who asked us to go in so that l could be assessed. We set off at midnight and when we arrived, they checked my heart rate, the baby’s heartbeat and confirmed that my waters were clear. I was experiencing mild period-like pains but as I still hadn’t experienced any surges we were given two options – I could either be induced immediately or as there was no risk to the baby and we had now reached the 37 week stage (i.e. it was by this time past midnight) I could go home for twenty four hours and wait to see if anything happened naturally. We decided to opt for the latter and left the hospital at 2am. We got home at 2:45am, had a cup of tea and waited to see if l experienced any other symptoms. As nothing had happened by 3:15am we went off to bed.