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I decided I should preface her birth story with the weeks leading up to it. First thing was at 30 weeks, I started having contractions and had to go to L&D to get a terbutiline shot to stop them. Thankfully that worked and I wasn't admitted. Startinga bout 34 weeks I would have consistent contractions but nothing that would amount to anything. Dr. said it was prodomal labor. At my 37 week appt (dr. didn't check me at 36 weeks b/c I'm a first time mom) she wasn't even going to check me, since she usually waits until 38 weeks. I asked her to anyway. I was 3cm and 80% effaced! She was shocked, I was shocked. I started getting weekly bio-physicals starting 36 weeks to check her because I had gestational diabetes. At 37 weeks, I had low fluid, but I passed. barely. She told me to go home and put my feet up and drink plenty of water, as this should help bring my fluid level back up.
On Wednesday, October 21st, I went to my normal 38 week bio-physical appt followed with my weekly doctor's appt. During the ultrasound, the tech said the I had really low amnioic fluid and she didn't pass. She tried it 5 times to get a better reading and just couldn't. I was supposed to have an hour wait between appts but I met with my doctor immediately afterwards where she said she was not comfortable with letting me go another day for fear that the baby could roll on her cord and become stillborn. Morbid, I know, but it was not a risk any of us were willing to take. So, off to the hospital I went! I left the doctor's office crying because the reality that the child I have felt kick and move in my belly for 9 months was going to be here today!!
I was in complete shock and scared out of my mind. I was NOT prepared to have my baby that day! I called DH, my mom and sister to all leave work and meet me at the hospital. Thank god i happened to have my bags in my trunk from the triage visit the Friday previous! Oh, I forgot to mention I was 4cm dilated when I left the dr. office and she swept my membranes to help things get going.
I was admitted into L&D and was starting regular contractions on my own by 2:30pm. They wanted to start me on pitocin and break my water but since I was already feeling strong contractions I asked for my epidural first (thank god i did!) The epi was a breeze! I was petrified to get it beforehand but it really was worth it. It took away all the contractions in my belly but I could feel the pressure though (which I'm happy for so I could push better).
At 4pm, the resident dr. came in and broke my water where she said I was 6cm dilated. I literally had no water coming out. 45 minutes later the nurse decided to check me becuase I was feeling some pressure. I was 9cm, so she emptied my bladder which put me to fully dilated and ready to push!!
I remember saying "what?! It's only 5:00!!" expected to labor at least 8 hours!! So, I started pushing and after just 35 minutes of really hard and concentrated work, Isabella Grace was born at 5:34pm! She weighed 5lbs 14oz and 20 inches long. Her apgar scores were 9/9, perfect!!
I'm still in shock that, for my first baby, I labored 3 hours and pushed for 30 minutes. The dr. said I had a few small tears and just a few stitches. Recovery is going well and I'm working on breastfeeding/pumping with Bella.
Because of my gestational diabetes, they were checking both of our sugars the whole visit. She was given some formula affter birth because they were so low. But, other than that, we are both in the clear for diabetes