Birth story

My second daughter arrived 11 days early- luckily a couple of days after the Tour de France cycling competition passed near our house otherwise with all the road closures I’m not sure how we would have made it to the hospital!

I had an epidural for my second labour whereas I had a natural birth with no painkillers whatsoever for my first labour (cartoon story below) and I think on balance my second labour was better. It took me a day to stop feeling queasy and to bond with our second daughter after the epidural (finally getting to drink real coffee again definitely helped!), but whilst I bonded instantly with my first daughter and physically I felt better after the labour much quicker, mentally once the post-labour endorphin high had worn off I felt traumatized by how painful the experience was and didn’t get over her birth for YEARS.

First labour
Post labour high

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