Hi Bump friends!
Here's Lily's birth story. I found it really helpful writing this out as I start to process the past week. It was definitely a whirlwind. Fair warning..this is super long.
So, I went in last Wednesday for my regular 35 week appointment. The doctor took my BP which was high (per usual) and sent me for an NST. I gave a urine sample and they took a few BP's as I was laying there. Baby sounded awesome, but my blood pressure wouldn't come down and my urine came back with over double the protein from two days ago. OB came in and told me I officially wasn't leaving without a baby! The preeclampsia had gotten too severe. At 6pm I got started on IV fluids and magnesium due to risk of seizures with pre-e. The doctor checked me thinking my cervix would be closed but it was already 2.5/3 cm dilated and 50% effaced! That was a surprise, especially since I'm a FTM. Because the hospital I was planning to deliver at didn't have a NICU, DH and I decided it was best to transfer to another hospital with NICU just in case. Had a fun ambulance ride and arrived around 9 at the new hospital.
Got started on pitocin around 10 pm. Since I had the magnesium IV, that meant I couldn't walk around and essentially had to labor in bed which was absolutely horrible. The contractions started off bearable and then came strong every 2 mins or so. DH was amazing- I'd squeeze his hand every time a contraction came because I basically couldn't do anything else. My water broke naturally around 3 cm which I was happy about. I made it to 5 cm without pain meds- then tried nitrus oxide but didn't like how it made me feel. I finally asked for the epidural and the guy came about an hour later. Epidural was pure magic. He inserted it perfectly- I could move my legs and feet by myself but could only feel some pressure during contractions. A few hours later I was feeling a ton of pressure and the nurse checked me and I was already at a 10! I think the epi helped me relax and my body progressed the rest of the way. I started pushing which went great- no real pain and I could feel just enough to know what to do. I pushed for just under an hour and out she came weighing 4 lbs 13 oz and measuring 18 inches. Had a minor first degree tear that needed one stitch.
Luckily she came out crying and we got to do skin to skin right away which is just what I wanted. DH cut the cord, too.
An hour later the nurse suggested we try breastfeeding, warning me that she probably wouldn't latch on bc she was so small. Well, she latched right away and has been breastfeeding amazingly ever since! Ive been pumping after each feeding to supplement just a little more. Thankfully my milk came in a few days after delivery.
Despite the scary start and fact that Lily was born at just 35 weeks, I had an amazing delivery experience. I'm so grateful everything turned out okay. Loving these early days with her!
PS If you've read this far you're amazing.
with PCOS: January 2009
1st D&C: Janaury 2009
Dating: March 18, 2009
Married: June 12, 2010
TTC: January 1, 2011
2nd D&C: June 5, 2011
3rd D&C: August 3, 2011
Dec 2016: BFP (due 8/5/2017)
Wow, that is crazy! Do you know how far dilated you were when you started to push?