My experience with Preterm Labor and Delivery

My experience with preterm labor and delivery

My labor and delivery was very different with my oldest son. The week before I delivered him I began spotting, so my mom and boyfriend (now husband) took me to the hospital to make sure that everything was ok. They did an ultrasound, gave me fluids and told me that I had a urinary tract infection. They gave me medication and sent me home with no restrictions.

Exactly 1 week later we were looking for homes when I started to feel cramps as we were driving around. They felt similar to menstrual cramps, which was not uncommon for me to have throughout this pregnancy. They progressively became worse as the day went on, but still I didn’t think much of it. I was only 26 weeks along, delivering my baby was the last thing on my mind. Eventually we got back to my in-laws house and I went to the bathroom and noticed that I was bleeding again. I called my mom and we (my mom, husband and I) decided to go to the hospital again, thinking that they would just keep me overnight this time.My experience with Preterm and Full Term Labor and Delivery

When I got there they checked me and once the doctor was done she didn’t say a word, she just walked out of the room and closed the door. I knew at that moment that something was wrong. They came back in and told me that my water sack was showing and I was dilated to 7… I was having my baby… soon. I remember the doctor and nurses walking out of the room and I turned my head and held my breath as long as I could, trying to hold back my tears. I am a very guarded person and I don’t like to show my feelings, I don’t like to come across as a “weak” person.

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The nurses rolled me down the hallway to the delivery room, I remember it feeling like I was in a movie. Once we got into the delivery room the doctor did an ultrasound and came up with a game plan. They gave me Magnesium Sulfate to try and slow the contractions, which worked but it was still too late. The Magnesium made me feel like I was on fire and drunk, it made me sick to my stomach… it was awful!

They then broke my water, which was the most painful thing that I had ever experienced. I remember tears falling down my cheeks even though I was trying my hardest to “be strong”. Once my water was broken they needed me to tell them when I was having contractions, but I couldn’t feel them anymore due to the Magnesium. Once I started to feel them again they had me push. I had no idea what I was doing. I pushed… but nothing happened. This went on probably 5-6 times, the doctor kept telling me to stop pushing with my face… I had no idea what he was talking about.

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He finally said that if I didn’t get the baby out soon he was going to have to do a c-section because every time I pushed the baby’s heart rate would drop. He called to have them prep the OR. I don’t know what happened or how it happened, but right after that my son came out. He just kind of slid out! There was a team there from another hospital specifically for him, so they gave my son right over to them. He was 2 lbs 3 oz and 14 inches long. I didn’t get the chance to hold my baby after he was born, but I was able to touch his little toes with my finger right before they took him away to the ambulance. He curled his little toes around my finger, I will never forget that feeling and that moment. Then, he was wheeled away, and I was taken to my recovery room. I wasn’t able to see him until the next day.

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That was my first time experiencing “fight or flight,” my body and my mind just took over. It was one of the strangest feelings in the world, it’s very hard to explain. I didn’t think too much, I was scared, nervous, anxious, everything that you would imagine to be, but I just kind of let go and let everything happen. I’m happy to say that our little 26 weeker is a very happy, silly, intelligent 8 1/2 year old now!
My experience with Preterm Labor and Delivery