LIKE all mums-to-be, Kayleigh Redmond was nervous about giving birth.
But, little did she know she would go into labour EIGHT times before actually welcoming her little one into the world.
The 32-year-old first suffered full-blown contractions 19 weeks into her pregnancy.
It was then the expectant mun was diagnosed with a rare condition that meant she went on to suffer contractions seven more times.
The condition, irritable uterus, caused her to suffer contractions for up to seven days at a time.
And it meant she had to spend around half of her pregnancy in hospital, before giving birth to her son Oakley earlier this month.
Kayleigh, of Luton, Beds, said: “I felt like I was in full-blown labour each time it happened.
“Every time it happened, we had to drop everything and rush to the hospital to check if it was the real thing.
“It was horrible. When you start having contractions, it’s supposed to be at the end of the pregnancy.
“You’re meant to be happy that your baby is coming. But I was terrified.
“My entire pregnancy felt like an awful dream.”
She added: “Having contractions felt like running a marathon, I was exhausted.
“I was worried about the effect it was having on my other children as well as the unborn one.”
WHAT IS IRRITABLE UTERUS?
IF a woman suffers regular contractions throughout her pregnancy, she may be suffering from irritable uterus.
Normal contractions begin during labour, and help open the cervix to allow a baby to be born.
But for women witn an irritable uterus (IU) they can feel the pains during pregnancy as well.
The difference is, the frequent and regular contractions don’t cause any changes to the cervix.
The feeling is similar to Braxton-Hicks, which can start at around four months pregnant, but they will become stronger and more frequent when a woman has IU.
If you suspect you have IU you should let your doctor know,
Try keep a log of your contractions, how often they happen and how long they last.
You should see your doctor if:
- you have more than six to eight contractions an hour
- you’re leaking amniotic fluid
- you notice your baby isn’t moving as much as normal
- you suffer vaginal bleeding
- you have painful contractions every five to ten minutes
MORE ON PREGNANCY
Mum-of-four Kayleigh – who lives with partner Adam Mcgownan – finally gave birth to son Oakley on July 1.
Tragically, Kayleigh lost her mum Dawn in April when she was just 18 weeks pregnant after a ten-year battle with breast cancer.
And Adam, 30, suffered a shock when his sister fell out of a window and broke her back – just days before the couple welcomed their new baby.
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