Hazel Irene was born tonight at 7:36pm following an induction for pre-eclampsia.
Started Cytotec at 10, was a 3 and 70% effaced at 2pm and we started Pitocin and broke my water. At 4:45, I was a 4 and they upped the Pitocin to a level 4. Cue horrible contractions right on top of one another. Asked for the epi around 6 and I was a 6cm and he tried twice and couldn't get it, so they called in another anesthesiologist. Meantime I start vomiting, which is generally my clue I'm almost complete. As soon as the new guy placed the epi I needed to push, it didn't even have time to work. She came so fast they had to call the on-site ob to cover until mine got here, 2 pushes later and she was here screaming. ❤️
She was breathing great on her own and I got to do immediate skin to skin and nurse her. She needs 24 hours of blood sugar monitoring because she was considered late preterm but otherwise she's perfectly fine and gets to room in with us.
She is so beautiful!!!!!! Congratulations - you all look so happy. I love it! G had the blood sugar levels checked too and it's not too bad, just feel bad for their poor little heels being poked so much. Hopefully that part is over soon
MC Sept '10, MC Dec '10, DS born 2012 Clomid + TI = BFP #1 March '13, MC April '13 Gonal F + trigger + IUI #1 = BFP #2 10/21/13, MC 10/31/13 Gonal F + trigger + IUI #2 = BFP #3 1/16/14, ectopic w/ heartbeat & rt salpingectomy 1/29/14 IVF #1 - ER 5/9/14 transfer cx'd due to high P4 FET #1 - 6/26/14 transferred 1 AA blast BFP!! EDD 3/11/15 Beta #1 13dp5dt - 1548 Beta #2 15dp5dt - 2748 Beta #3 18dp5dt - 7586
Post by harfamilyof3 on Nov 15, 2016 2:32:08 GMT -5
Nora Matilda was born November 14th at 6:22pm, at 37+4 weeks gestation.
Monday morning I woke up not feeling great but ok enough to go to work. I work in a large childcare setting as the assistant director. By 9:30am I wasn't feeling contractions, but more felt stomach cramping. By 10am I asked one of our 2 year old teachers if she had seen our yoga balls so I could take one to my desk to bounce on while I worked. She could only find deflated ones so I took it up front to go find a ball pump. By the time I had gotten to the front desk, I felt like I needed to call the OB because the cramping was becoming more consistent.
I called the OB and they asked me to go to the office to be checked by the on call doctor. When I got there I was 4cm but had a really thick cervix. The doctor went back and fourth with what to do, but in the end sent me to labor and delivery for monitoring.
The doctor on labor and delivery (the one doctor out of 7 in the practice i had never met...) confirmed 4cm and had me eat a huge lunch. By 1pm my husband had arrived. By 3pm she came back to check me and I was in significantly more pain, however tolerable to an extent. The worst part was being in a tiny room without Windows and laying on a stretcher, instead of just being admitted to a room. By 3pm check- again no change, still very thick cervix and only 4. She told me if I lived closer I could go home, but she wanted to check me one more time at 5 before she declared it "preterm labor."
Something happened at 4:30pm because I started shaking uncontrollably and could barely get though contractions on the terrible stretcher. I begged the nurse for medicine and she said I couldn't have it until I was checked or admitted. I think the nurse finally got the point after I pressed the call button for the 16th time and admitted me herself without the doctor there yet.
Once admitted, the doctor checked and I had progressed to 5cm. This seemed like such a failure to me knowing the amount of pain I was in. I asked for an epidural and they let me use nitrous while waiting for anesthesia to get there. Still not sure how i felt about the nitrous. It definitely took the edge off- however it also made my lips go completely numb. I also told my husband everyone in the room looked like dogs.... Not going to live that one down for a while
Anesthesia got there within 15 minutes and within another 15 had the epidural placed. (I was terrified of the epidural- I had a failed epidural placement with my first and horrible pain from it for months) It took about 10-15 minutes to finally start working. The OB came in to check me - and I was 10cm 100% effaced. She broke my water and let the baby labor down on her own. I absolutely loved this. Granted it was a lot of pressure every contraction but it let her push down on her own without me having to push.
10 minutes after laboring down on her own, they let me start pushing. I pushed through 2 contractions and she was born. The nicu pediatrician never even made it to the birth.
She scored apgars of 7 and 9 after birth and we were able to do skin to skin for an hour. The hospital doesn't even weigh or measure for a full hour of skin to skin and breastfeeding. She ended up weighing 7lbs 15 oz and being 18.5 inches long.
So far, she has been absolutely wonderful! Her big sister (and grandparents) were able to come visit! Her big sister kept asking us to sit her down next to her, but she loves her and is protective already.
The only hiccup is monitoring her blood sugars for the next 12 hours or until we can get 3 straight readings above 45. She was considered large for her gestational age, so it's protocol to do this. Hopefully by morning she has passed and we can stop the heel pricks
Post by WineNChocolate on Nov 15, 2016 7:28:06 GMT -5
harfamilyof3, OMG I am totally jealous of you! Baby here and the long wait is over. I am glad that things went as well as they did, I am sorry you had to suffer there for a while. Can't wait to see pictures if your willing to share! Congrats again!
Alexander Isaac was born at 37w+6d on 11/30 @10:02 am. He weighed 6.5 lbs and measured 19.8 inches.
We had scheduled a RCS for 38 wks 12/01 but at my last OB appt on Tues my blood pressure was high at 168/96. Since I had pre-e with DS, Dr wasted no time and sent me to triage and told me to be ready for delivery that night if need be. At triage I was given some fast acting bp meds that lowered my bp to the 140's. But by evening it kept going up. The highest it got was in the 180's. I had to be started on magnesium sulfate (mag) to prevent possible seizures. My other lab work showed no other signs so dr waited to deliver until morning.
Weds morning at 8:30 am I was walked over to the OR room. The mag made me drowsy as heck and dh kept waking me up. I could follow the procedure since the drs talked thru it all. Awesome to hear where's her left ovary? I had a cyst removed a few yrs ago...that dr must've taken more than just the cyst. ? Otherwise, once I heard baby cry I wanted to be closed up and done but my tubes needed tying. The entire procedure took less than 2 hrs.
Because of the mag baby had to go to nicu for 24 hr observation. Mag makes you really drowsy. After 24 hrs of delivering, I got taken off the mag and baby was brought to my room. My recovery is going much better than last time. I was thrilled to be able to get off the bed and walk pretty much on my own today. I also have a wrap on my belly...sorry, I can't think of the right word in english. But it's helping a lot. And now that we're both mobile and not attached to machines, Alex and I are figuring out this breastfeeding thing & enjoying kangarooing.
Congratulations littlelion! He is so, so sweet!!!!!! Glad everything went well.
So, did your left ovary get removed on accident or something before? Wow!
Either that or it's hiding? What I remember of the cyst is something like the OB saw a cyst on my right but when she went in, it was actually on my left but was so big it had twisted or dragged it over making the left ovary look like it was my right one. She said only the cyst was removed. Maybe the dr yesterday did not dig too much looking for it and it's there somewhere.
littlelion I didn't even know you gave birth which is why I was sooo confused by your response to my c-section post, haha. Congrats! He is beautiful! Hope your recovery goes well.
Lol. And funny enough I was just thinking of you. My lower legs and feet feel soooo swollen. I asked dh to massage them. The nurse said it's all the extra blood from the pregnancy pooling. I got back in bed and had her reattach these blowup wraps plus she put ice packs on. And I got a Lovenox shot in the arm (blood thinner). So, you have that to look fwd to too...csection patients are typically given the shot.
I woke up on Sunday, Nov 20th (34w3d) to a feeling of "oh-oh either I just peed my pants for the 1st time or my water just broke." The "leaking" didn't stop so I was pretty sure my water had broke. I text my husband and told him he better leave work and come home. I showered while I waited for him and then called the hospital to see if I should come in or wait as I wasn't having any contractions. They told me to come in.
Got to the hospital and was in my room by 10:30am. They checked my cervix (holy painful batman) and I was not dialted. They started me on pitocin. Contractions started soon after. I was given the ok to get an epic whenever I was ready but I wanted to wait as long as I could stand it. They were having a hard time monitoring the babies with the belly monitors. They wanted me to go ahead and get the epidural at that point so they could cath me and place internal monitors - but only if I was comfortable with getting the epidural. The contractions weren't terrible but they were getting closer and closer together and stronger so I agreed to the epidural. I was about 5cm dialted at that point and it was probably around 5pm.
The epidural was AMAZING! I didn't really like that I couldn't really feel my legs/feet much but the fact that I couldn't feel any contractions was great. Around 10:30 pm they had me start pushing. Pushing is HARD WORK! At about 11:30am they moved me to the OR - all twins are delivered in the OR. At 12:44 am As.her Sc.ott was born. Baby B had been having heart decels and after another hour of pushing they got worse and he was not moving down. My OB tried forceps, the vacuum, everything he could but Baby was not budging. At 2:05am Col.ton Jos.eph was born via emergency c-section.
Both were brought to the NICU immediately after being born so no skin-to-skin. Boo. Baby A ended up needing to be on oxygen for a little over a day. Both had jaundice but only baby b needed light therapy. Everyone said they would be in the NICU at least 2 weeks while they learned to bottle feed. They were out in a week!
One weighed 4lbs 10oz and the other 4lbs 12oz. Both are happy and healthy!
Post by babycowbell on Dec 18, 2016 10:24:07 GMT -5
I've been a little MIA, except for lurking, congratulating, and LTs, but I wanted to share that Baby Girl arrived last weekend at 40 weeks and 5 days! I was induced in the morning starting at 2cm dilated with a cervix ripening medicine, things progressed well and I started pitocin in the afternoon and within an hour my water broke on its own. The monitoring all showed consistent contractions but I wasn't really feeling anything until about 4 hours after my water broke when it went from barely noticeable to almost unbearable in a span of 15 minutes. My plan to start with laughing gas for pain management went out the window and I requested the epidural which was supposed to take about 30 minutes to get. They had some problems getting the epidural in quite right so on the third try it finally looked good to the anesthesiologist and I was set. So my 30 minute wait for an epidural turned in to over an hour which felt like the longest hour of my life. But after that, everything was amazing. I loved the epidural! I even took a nap before it was time to start pushing! I had a great nurse who did an awesome job helping me get into positions to help move the baby along. At about 2:30am she checked my cervix and said it was time to start doing some practice pushing. My husband and mom were still sleeping in their chairs and hadn't heard the nurse come in so it felt a little surreal in the dark peaceful room to hear it was time for pushing. An hour later, Baby Girl arrived weighing in at 8lbs 4oz which was completely shocking because we were expecting a 6 1/2 - 7 lb baby based on ultrasounds. So glad I did the induction when the doctor recommended and didn't let her keep getting gigantic in there on her own. I'm completely in love and completely exhausted and motherhood is nothing like I could have imagined in my first week. I never knew I could survive on so little sleep but she is just perfect!
Finally trying to get this written out now that baby boy is 10 days old...
At 38w6d, I had a regular doctor's appointment, where the dr did a cervical check and said I was 3cm dilated and 80% effaced. Throughout the rest of that afternoon/evening, I had some cramping and spotting, but nothing regular or concerning. I went to bed around 9:30 and woke up at 11:30 to find that I had soaked through my underwear and pajamas with bright red blood and was still bleeding. I called the on call obgyn and was told to come in to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital around 12:15am. They sent me to triage, where they found that I was having contractions about 5 minutes apart, and that baby seemed to be tolerating everything fine (no issues with his heartrate or anything). The doctor said if I'd had a placental abruption, baby's heartrate would likely reflect that, but that based on the bleeding it could be the start of one, so he wanted to break my water so that baby moving down would press against the placenta and help stop the bleeding.
They admitted me you regular room, hooked me up to i.v. fluids, and broke my water, which increased the strength of the contractions. Over the next 5 hours or so, there were 2 or 3 times that I considered an epidural, but each time was checked and found that I was another 2 cm dilated, so kept going without, though they did use the oxygen mask on me at times as I was almost hyperventilating a little bit (my heartrate kept going 130+, so that they were having trouble telling my heartrate from baby's). I was at almost 10 except for a small lip on one side, which the nurse manually manipulated for several contractions to get it to push behind baby's head. Finally, around 7 am, it was time to push. 7 am was also shift change time for the doctor, so the new obgyn came in to check me and didn't leave until baby boy was born. I pushed for about an hour and 20 min, with the doctor doing a lot of manual manipulation of my perineum etc to try to help baby move down as he was at a slightly weird angle.
Baby was born at 8:22 am and immediately placed on my chest, where they left him for the next 15 min or so before taking him to weigh, etc. He was 8lb12oz and 20.5 in long. I had extensive tearing - a tear high up near my cervix that the doctor had to stitch before delivering the placenta, and a third degree tear of my perineum. Stitching took quite a while and was fairly painful as I hadn't had any pain meds. We got to try breastfeeding before they wanted to move us up to the mother/baby floor. The last thing they wanted was for me to get up and go to the bathroom. I got up and got to the bathroom with the nurse's assistance, but blacked out on the toilet, so she had to pull the emergency cord and have all the other nurses cone running in with ammonia etc. After having me lay back down, drink lots of juice, etc, they decided to go ahead and move me upstairs (where I promptly almost passed out in the bathroom again, earning myself a 2 nurse bathroom escort for the next 12 hours or so).
We stayed at the hospital for 2 days, and came home a week ago yesterday. We're still figuring out breastfeeding (he eats well, and gets plenty of milk; we just have a little bit of trouble getting a deep enough latch, so it's kind of painful). My stitches, etc. are still painful, but getting better as long as I don't sit up for too long at a time. My mom has been here since the evening after baby was born, so it has been very helpful to have two adults (DH and my mom) around to help take care of baby, things around the house, etc.
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