Hey Ladies, I just had to drop in and share. I had my little girl, Lorelai Rose!
I started getting contractions at about 12:30 AM on Wednesday morning, but it was nothing regular. By about 4 AM I was having contractions every 10 minutes, so I called my OB and she said to head to the hospital. By the time I got there at about 5 my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart. They examined me, said I was almost 7 cm and admitted me right away. By then I was in a lot of pain, and despite the fact that I was iffy on it, I let my OH convince me to get an epidural. It was not nearly as bad as I'd imagined, and it worked wonders. It did slow down my contractions a little bit, so they sent me to a room to sleep til I was the full 10 cm. By about 12:30 PM my waters broke. I couldn't feel a thing down below to push properly because of the epidural, so they decided to let it wear off. They said it would take over an hour, but by 15 minutes later it was out of my system and I was laboring with no pain killers. After an hour and a half or so of pushing my little girl was born at 2:25 PM. She was in perfect health, 6lb 14.5oz and 19 inches long.
I, however, was not doing so well. I'd retained the placenta and was having post-partum hemmoraging, and without even a word to my OH as to what was going on, they had to rush me to surgery to have the placenta removed. I'd lost consciousness by then, so the rest I only know by what I was told. I guess I lost well over a quart of blood and was in a really touch and go situation for a while. All they told my OH while he waited in the delivery room with our daughter was that I was bleeding and in very unstable condition. I woke up two hours later hooked up to two IVs, two units of blood, and several other wires and gadgets, plus I was heavily medicated. They brought OH back to see me but had to take my daughter to the nursery. I spent the night in recovery until I was fully stable, and was finally moved up to the maternity ward on April 5, which is when I finally got to be with my daughter for the first time.
Thankfully I recovered quite quickly, my little girl is healthy, and we are all home now. I just wanted to share my story with you quickly, as I usually am on here every day and here I've been gone for almost 5 now.
stepmummy, what do you mean by assisted third stage? I'll probably feel stupid once you explain it, but I'm bad with proper terms for things. Haha.
megangrohl, I retained the placenta and despite all their efforts they couldn't get it out, and that's what was causing the massive blood loss. They had to surgically remove it and insert a balloon type thing into my uterus to get it to stop. My doctors said its not all that common especially in first pregnancies, and especially when there were no other complications, so they were pretty surprised that it happened. Thankfully everything is going well, and despite a bit of the expected post-pregnancy discomfort, I'm doing well.
Any opinions, advice, statements or other information expressed or made available on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com by users or third parties, including but not limited to bloggers, are solely those of the respective user or other third party. They do not reflect the opinions of BabyandBump.Momtastic.com and they have not been reviewed by a physician, psychologist or parenting expert or any member of the BabyandBump.Momtastic.com staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on BabyandBump.Momtastic.com. BabyandBump.Momtastic.com does not endorse any opinion, advice, statement, product, service or treatment made available on the website. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.