Sara - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
Well, from the begining of my pregnancy, I already felt like I was going to give birth before my set due date. For some reason, deep down, I just had a feeling that I wasn't going to go full-term. My doctor (whom was the most amazing OB ever!) was so excited about my pregnancy and was always telling me how wonderful my progress was. He assured me that my pregnancy and birth was going to go beautifully and I was in great shape as a pregnant woman. Before I got pregnant, I weighed 135lbs and I only gained about 30lbs throughout my pregnancy. I had no complications besides preterm labor contractions, which some women deal with during pregnancy, which can also be controlled by medication (which I had to take to control the contractions). By the 26 week of my pregnancy, the preterm labor contractions started and I made multiple trips to the hospital because of my concern about going into labor too soon. What confused me was why I was not put on any type of restrictions, such as bed rest, lifting heavy objects (other than the norm), and excersize. But, I look back and really wonder if the preterm contractions I experienced could have some how caused me to have a premature birth. My OB is amazing and I totally and completely trust him, so I guess it's just what God had planned for me. The whole time I knew I was going to go early, so did my family members. I guess it was just motherly instinct to start nesting as ealry as I did. Thank goodness my husband and I were prepared (naturally lol) way ahead of time. Well, I, as well as my family, was right, I did go into labor early. But gave birth to the healthiest preemie (in my eyes :) ) and I was so blessed and thankful to have the support of my family and my amazing doctor.
p.s. - and yes, I was terrified when my water broke that morning (at 35.5 weeks) and I prayed and prayed that God would be with me and my unborn son. I even drove myself to the hospital (because my husband was at work) and I was calm, I had to be, it was the big day! The day of the birth of our first baby! Our son, Nathan, was born 4 weeks early, weighing 4lbs 13oz and 18 3/4in long. He also didn't have to spend anytime in the NICU, he was extremely healthy and mature for being premature. We are blessed and so very thankful for what God has given us.