Everyone hopes for an easy and uncomplicated delivery of their babies. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for me.
It started even before I got pregnant. A year before, actually. During the summer of 2014, I ended up with a pulmonary embolism. Having blood clots in your lungs is one of the scariest things imagineable. It was more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced. Thanks to those, I was put on blood thinners for a year. Right after that year was up, I found out I was pregnant and had to be switched to blood thinners that I inject into my stomach every day. Fun, right? Well, because of that, I had to schedule an induction so that I could stop my blood thinners the day before. The magic day came and I went to the hospital at 4am for an induction. My doctor even told me I was the perfect candidate for one as I was already dilating and effacing without having an induction. Everything went super fast in the morning. My doctor said that we would probably have a baby by noon. Then noon came and still no baby. Then three came. Then four and so on. I was stuck at 9.5cm and it wouldn’t go any further. And the baby’s heart rate was starting to go haywire. I count myself kind of lucky because my husbands flight didn’t make it in until 7pm that night and he didn’t arrive until around 9. By 10pm, we were talking about an emergency c section and by 10:45, I was crying in my dads arms because they were about to wheel me back to surgery. It wasn’t what I wanted. I was scared I would bleed too much or that I would get another blood clot or something would go wrong with the baby. Thankfully, everything went well apart from my child pooping inside me before they got to take him out. Gross.
He was born just before midnight and he was precious. It was absolutely scary, but also it was the most wonderful moment in my life.
I’m now pregnant again with baby #2 which is a girl! I’m on blood thinners again and that’ll mean another induction. I’m going to be trying for a VBAC, so we will see how it goes. Fingers crossed it’ll be better than last time.