TW*** happy ending but scary parts of the story ***
My “going into labor” story mimicked my first. I went to bed around 10:30pm and around midnight I woke up to what felt like some discharge coming out. Sure enough, I go to the bathroom, pee and TMI the discharge came out. I sat there for a few seconds after I finished, knowing more pee was to follow and it did. But then I felt something else trickle out. And I wasn’t peeing anymore. I sat there silently freaking out as I was exactly three weeks early. Once the trickle stopped, I slapped on a pad and woke up my husband. I went back to the bathroom and called my doctor as more fluid leaked. She told me to go to the hospital and she would be there at 7am.
I called my parents to come up and watch my son. They got there in record speed and mild contractions began. I arrived st the hospital where they checked my pad and it came back positive for amniotic fluid. They admitted me, hooked me up to machines and I tried to catch some sleep. No one ever checked me for dilation bc my contractions were so irregular and they didn’t want to risk infection.
My doctor came in at 8:45am and gave me the option of pitocin but i really didn’t want a repeat of all day intense contractions/labor to end in a late night csection like with my first. So I said let’s do the csection (plus I wanted my tubes tied and given baby was early, I wanted a controlled environment because we didn’t know how the baby was going to be health wise).
Getting the spinal was a little nerve wracking but manageable. It's different when you are in labor begging for an epidural as opposed to not in any pain and knowing you're about to get a shot in the spine. Also weird was not feeling my legs at all. With the epidural you can still feel some things whereas the spinal you are dead weight. My husband came in and they started. At a certain point, my doctor told my husband to stand up because she wanted him to announce the sex (we were team green). He thought the baby was already out but it wasn’t. Haha poor guy saw everything. He announced it was a girl and promptly sat down. I thought he was going to pass out.
Once they evaluated the baby and brought her to us, we were taking pictures and I heard my doctor say “push the pitocin, she’s not contracting enough.” And all of a sudden things got fuzzy and I remember saying "somethings not right" and my husband yelled that I was losing color and they took the baby away. I got really hot, nauseous and my head felt like it was going to explode. It seriously felt like it had a heartbeat. It hurt so bad. The anesthesiologist and nurse were great saying it was ok and normal. The surge in pitocin to contract the uterus brought on a “pit headache” and they were pulling back on it and should relieve soon. It took about 5 minutes and it got better. Phew.
The fun didn’t stop there though. They wheeled me into recovery and my husband went to be with the baby (who we named Charlotte) and my parents who were all hanging in my postpartum room. The nurses were checking my vitals and when they pulled back the sheet to check my incision and palpitate my uterus, I started bleeding heavily and there were huge clots coming out. I was hemorrhaging. Thank the good lord I was still numb because they were pushing as hard as they could on my stomach as my doctor had her hand inside me scraping my innards to get it all out. They had to try three different medicines to get it under control. Since I was planning to nurse they wanted Charlotte there to help contract my uterus more. So I’m laying flat and the nurses are trying to get her to latch. All the while my family is outside not knowing what was going on. They called My husband back and the doctor said i was stable for now but they had an OR on standby bc if it didn’t stop bleeding they were going to put me under and try to suction out the clots. If it didn’t work they would do a d&c and if that didn’t work they would open me up and see what they could do and if the uterus still wouldn’t respond they would do a hysterectomy. My husband was a rockstar. Totally calm.
Thankfully the medicine in conjunction with baby nursing helped . I was kept in recovery all night where they pushed hard on my stomach every hour for 24hrs. Words can't describe the pain. They had the OR for me all day and night and the doctor admitted that she really thought I was going in there at some point. I wasn’t allowed even an ice chip until midnight. Food didn’t come for a full 48hrs later. They finally said I was “out of the woods” the next morning and moved me to postpartum. Thankfully no blood transfusions were needed. Charlotte stayed on my chest all day per doctors orders and she was huge in getting my uterus under control ❤️. Suffice to say my nips are wrecked haha. Thank god for a nipple shield and cream. She’s doing really well weight wise and nursing. Seems content after each feed. She only lost 6% of her birth weight upon release of the hospital and she's since gained it back.
It was a scary experience and I'm happy to not have to go through that ever again. But of course, it was worth it for my sweet little girl. Good luck mama's. You'll do great! Trust in your doctors/midwives/nurses. Be open to every scenario and don't go in there with a steadfast birth plan. Unless you have a medical degree, you do not and SHOULD NOT call the shots. If the doctor has to act quickly, let them. Your life and your baby's may depend on it.
@Mamapema OMG that’s so scary! Glad you’re both all right. I have a friend whose epidural was botched up, making her go numb below her neck instead of her waist. She thought her lungs would stop working and she’d die. I’d like to avoid having an epidural if at all possible.