41 weeks pregnant – Finally my baby has arrived!
After 2 sweeps, walking up and down a gazillion flights of stairs, travelling the whole of London and drinking far too many raspberry leaf teas and pineapples, not to mention even some DIY acupressure, I finally give birth to my beautiful baby who decided to arrive a week late!!
Boy, was it a long and arduous journey.
We were snowed in so instead of going to the birth centre because it was shut we had to head to our nearest hospital, which should have been a 15/20 minute drive away, but it took 45 minutes to an hour because of the snow. I was in so much pain through back pain and contractions that I had to kneel on the back seat with my body over the back of the seats, concentrating on breathing and closing my eyes to centre myself. It was hard.
Please check out Aron’s birth story for the gruesome details if you can stomach it. I do have to warn you that it is not pleasant. A little jealous though as my friend was 9cm dilated when she arrived at hospital and had her baby in a few hours! Everyone is different…Have you already had your baby (congratulations!), but you’re still receiving pregnancy emails? Just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of your email and sign up to ‘My Motherhood’ posts to carry on with the personalised weekly emails for your baby up to 16 weeks old! Form below:
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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/