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Old Mar 21st, 2016, 13:14 PM   1
Alexc844
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Has anyone had a water birth?


I'm currently 5w 3d pregnant with my first, but I'm already exploring my options for birth. I'm really intrigued by the concept of a water birth, as I'm terrified that I'm going to tear (my skin just doesn't stretch).

Has anyone had experience with this? Pros and cons?



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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 11:38 AM   2
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I had a water birth with my first, but not with my second (there was no pool available). I can tell you that water definitely helps with the pain! It hurt a lot less and was also much easier to manoeuvre my body. My baby was born in the water and then once I'd delivered the placenta I climbed out of the pool and sat on some beanbags for a short while. I did tear, but not too badly and only needed a few stitches.

I am definitely going to have a water birth again for my third, as long as there is a pool available at the hospital!

There were no cons for me, but I guess it does limit your options in terms of pain relief. You can't have an epidural. But I dont want one (the thought scares me more than the pain) so it's a no brainer for me.



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 11:41 AM   3
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My midwife suggested this to me last week as I'm afraid of tearing or needing episiotomy like I did last time!

I'll be following this thread x



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 21:38 PM   4
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I had a water birth with my second daughter 9 weeks ago. It was amazing.
With my first however I had a back to back baby with continuous contractions so I had an epidural.
Baby 2 was in the right position so I had a break between contractions.
The water helped with the pain immensely and when a contraction came I could get in a good comfortable position or ease it.
The water was so relaxing too.
When baby arrived she was placed on my chest in the water. Then I climbed out and delivered the placenta on the bed.
I had a small tear which needed stitches.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2016, 00:55 AM   5
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I have wanted a waterbirth since I was pregnant with my first, but haven;t managed it yet... Got close this last time 10 days ago - I had bought a birth pool for my homebirth, and the trial run where I had an hour long soak in it and visualised my birth was amazing. But it wasn't filled up in time so I had another land birth. I'm going to have to make sure it gets filled up sooner next time.



 
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Old Mar 27th, 2016, 17:01 PM   6
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I had a water birth and loved it. I've also had 2 "dry land" births and labouring/birthing in water was definitely my favourite. No cons that I can think of; I was able to have monitoring/checks in the water. Pros- it definitely helped with the pain, it made it so much easier to move around and I feel like it helped me avoid a bad tear (I had a bad tear with my 1st).



 
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Old Mar 27th, 2016, 17:08 PM   7
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Definitely good for SPD



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2016, 02:57 AM   8
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I wanted a water birth with my first baby but my bp was slightly raised so the dr ruled against unfortunately. But I'm hoping to have my chance this time fxd. I tore really bad 3rd degree with my ds so hoping this will help prevent it happening again by going in the water, however my mw has said it doesn't completely prevent tearing for everyone so you just never know.



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2016, 04:12 AM   9
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I wanted a water birth with my first baby but my bp was slightly raised so the dr ruled against unfortunately. But I'm hoping to have my chance this time fxd. I tore really bad 3rd degree with my ds so hoping this will help prevent it happening again by going in the water, however my mw has said it doesn't completely prevent tearing for everyone so you just never know.
Yes I had a 2nd degree tear requiring stitches with my water birth, but who knows maybe it would've been worse if I wasn't in water? My son was birthed on a bed and I did tear with him too but only a little and I didn't need stitches.



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2016, 04:40 AM   10
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I wanted a water birth with my first baby but my bp was slightly raised so the dr ruled against unfortunately. But I'm hoping to have my chance this time fxd. I tore really bad 3rd degree with my ds so hoping this will help prevent it happening again by going in the water, however my mw has said it doesn't completely prevent tearing for everyone so you just never know.
Yes I had a 2nd degree tear requiring stitches with my water birth, but who knows maybe it would've been worse if I wasn't in water? My son was birthed on a bed and I did tear with him too but only a little and I didn't need stitches.

Im hoping if I do tear it won't be as a bad due to me being in the water. It's in my birth plan to be checked out of the water just so stretching can be checked clearly x



 
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