Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Amelia Jane's Birth Story Part 2


On April 17th, I started having contractions during the wee morning hours. I got up and dropped Paul off at work and went to Target with Julia. They felt just like the Braxton Hicks contractions I'd been having so I didn't think anything of it. However, as I walked around Target the contractions started making me not able to breathe. As I was doubled over the shopping cart trying to breathe, Julia decided she should take her clothes off and run around. It was kind of hellish. I talked to my doula and she encouraged me to go see my chiropractor and my acupuncturist and see how I felt.

I went to both appointments. My chiropractor told me the baby was in my pelvis and he thought she'd be coming that day. My OB wanted me to come in when my contractions were 10 minutes apart. I knew this was a little early, but since I was having a VBAC he really wanted to keep his eye on me. At 3 PM I called because I was having contractions that were 7-8 minutes apart. He had me come in and they monitored me. After about 30 minutes I was told that I had an irritable uterus and I was NOT in labor. I cried. I was so miserable. I had to google what that meant. Basically, it means that Braxton Hicks contractions feel very strong to me, and more like real contractions. It's pretty awful.

On April 18th, I went to see my MFM doctor and I cried the whole time. I was so miserable. We talked about a lot of questions I had, and decided that the best thing was for Amelia to come by 39 weeks based on my history and the fact that with all of those contractions my cervix wasn't changing.

So on April 19th we went in for c-section. At 8:40 AM Amelia Jane was born at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long.

1 comment:

Deborah said...

Just now getting to reading this. Congratulations on your newest arrival! She is beautiful.