11 things mums who’ve had gas and air know
1. You may feel like you’re floating ...
Some mums think it's almost worth going through labour to try gas and air. It’s a mix of feeling like you’re floating and being veeeery far away.
Which is just as well given that where you *actually* are (the delivery suite, in full labour) is pretty blinking painful.
2. ... Or that you’ve had a few
After nine months of no booze, you’d almost forgotten that heady feeling you get after a few glasses of wine.
And the best part? No hangover – woo hoo.
3. Your partner will insist on having a few gulps
The moment he sees you all giggly (it's not known as 'laughing gas' for nothing), your partner will be determined to try gas and air.
Which is fine … until he refuses to hand it back as he ‘hasn’t had this much fun since college’. Hmmm.
Thank goodness for the midwife who catches him in the act and tells him off.
4. You will make some inappropriate comments ...
What is it about gas and air that makes you say things you’d NEVER dare utter out loud normally?
And you can guarantee your partner will whip out his phone to film you as you ramble on to the doctor about his beautiful eyes. Eek.
5. … and make the midwives laugh
You know they’ve seen and heard it all before.
But you’re pretty sure you remember the midwife trying not to laugh while you were chatting away, high on gas and air.
And once again, your helpful partner has it all on video. Oh, the shame.
6. It works quickly … but wears off just as fast
A few gulps and the gas and air takes the edge right off the pain.
But unfortunately, it wears off just as fast. Which is probably why you’ll go through a fair bit before you know it …
7. You *might* hallucinate
Especially if you’re anything like Netmums member Sara who says, ‘I thought I was on X Factor and I could see Simon Cowell sat on the medicine cabinet and heard him say, 'you're doing really well'.
Now there’s an idea for a new TV series ...
8. It can make you sick. Bleugh
Too much gas and air and you can start feeling seriously nauseous. Hmmm, might be time for that epidural after all …
9. You do NOT want to let it go
Woe betide the midwife who tries to take the gas and air away from you before you’re ready.
In fact, you've clamped down on the mouthpiece so hard, you've nearly bitten it in two.
There’s no way you’re letting go of the gas and air anytime soon … even if it is stopping you concentrating on pushing. Oops.
10. It totally dries your mouth out
The last thing you fancy doing during labour is eating and drinking .
But after a while of sucking on the gas and air, you’ll be gasping for some liquid. Shame the thought of ANYTHING makes you want to throw up.
11. You would quite like some AFTER the birth as well
Seriously, why isn't this stuff on sale at the supermarket?
In fact, if the only place you can get it is on the labour ward, maybe giving birth isn't so bad after all ...
We like the The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill for great advice through pregnancy, birth and beyond. See more details here at Amazon.
What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff is another must-read for pregnant women and their partners. See more details here at Waterstones.