Melody Was Shocked By How Fast Her Baby Came
I'm in my late thirties and my husband is in his late fifties. My husband and I went through in vitro fertilization because I have polycystic ovaries and my husband has a low sperm count.
Needless to say once we knew the positive pregnancy test results were in we jumped for joy. We inserted vaginally progesterone suppositories in the first trimester.
In this pregnancy I had gestational diabetes so I was constantly monitoring blood sugars, taking insulin in the last trimester, and taking non-stress tests.
In my second pregnancy I delivered a large baby and my OB/GYN did not want me to deliver another large baby and he also mentioned that sometimes the placenta starts to fail in diabetic mothers.
I was due on January 17th. At my last doctor's visit on January 5th my doctor said I was to go to the hospital to be induced on January 8th. Before we were to be induced the doctor wanted to do an ultrasound and they noticed the amniotic fluid was low. My pelvic bone was painful and the baby's head was low in the pelvis. I was told I wasn't even dilated.
When we arrived at 7:30 am on January 8th the nurses placed an IV in my arm with pitocin, insulin, and an antibiotic for a positive group B strep test.
My first pregnancy I delivered without being induced, my water broke and then I delivered my oldest son, who is now 17 years old, within 48 hours. In my second pregnancy I was induced and my older son, who is now 3 years old, was delivered in 8 hours. But this labor/delivery really went fast.
Around 10:00 a.m. the doctor applied a gel to my cervix and told us we may not deliver until January 9th. Boy was everyone fooled. Around 1:00 p.m. the contractions became so intense I began to cry instead of breathing like I should and I was perspiring so heavy that my husband got a wet, cool washcloth to wipe. This is also my third pregnancy without any kind of pain relief.
I went to the bathroom to have a bowel movement. When I returned to the side of my bed I remained standing for standing felt the most comfortable position. While standing I felt like I either had to pass gas or even have another bowel movement so I beared down once and instead I felt a pop, a small gush of fluid, a rush of baby, and then I felt the baby's head at the vaginal opening. I eased myself onto the edge of the bed sort of facing backwards.
As my husband was running to the door to get the nurses he noticed my bulging perineum and the baby's dark hair. The nurses didn't believe him that the baby was on the way. When I hollered several nurses entered the labor/delivery room. The nurse hollered for a doctor that was on the floor and with one more push she delivered our daughter at 2:10 p.m., however, my doctor repaired where I had tore the old scar when I had my older son. I felt my little girl's warm body on my legs and they gave her a little oxygen before taking her to the warming table. Our daughter didn't even have the molding or shape of head that babies get when coming down the birth canal.
I was apologizing for I felt it was my fault for everything happening so fast. The nurse didn't expect delivery to happen so fast considering the length of labor in my past pregnancies.
Our doctor told us that a delivery that progresses that rapidly is ok and I guess I didn't have to be in pain as long as I did in the past pregnancies. We couldn't hold our daughter right away because the nurses said she had trouble regulating her temperature and needed to have her glucose levels checked. But everything turned out fine. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. and her big brothers were anxious to meet her.
Breastfeeding is going great and at the last visit to the pediatrician's office she weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. I'm grateful for all my children, for they fill in the blanks in my life.