My stressful pregnancy

Nichole - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Okay so I'm not currently pregnant. I gave birth last Sept. But thought I'd share my story in case anybody else is going through a similiar situation and could use somebody to talk to.

I found out I was pregnant when I was 2 weeks along. I had been feeling tired, but didn't think anything of it. I was in a car accident so because we had been TTC I took a test just because I felt I should. Well instincts were right. I was 2 weeks along. I started cramping on and off at 10 weeks. I was terrified I was gonna miscarry, but the doctor told me not to worry, as long as I was not bleeding and the pain was just mild like menstrual cramps. So I just tried to take it easy if I started getting the cramps. Then at 19 weeks it felt worse, so I was sent to the hospital to check on the baby. He was fine, but I was having mild irregular contractions, so they gave me an IV and then they stopped and sent me home. Told me to keep my activity level low, but I was not on bedrest or any real restrictions just take it easy. At 21 weeks the nightmare got worse.... I went into labor. I rushed to the hospital, they gave 3 shots, and an IV and kept me overnight. They managed to stop the labor and sent me home with instructions that I was on partial bedrest...more of the day was to be spent laying or sitting, but I could still do somethings. I did my best to rest and not get up I was so scared. Then at 24 weeks it all began again. Only this time I was dialated to a 1 (not much, but when it's ur first kid and your that early feels like alot). They hospitalized me for 2 nights and gave me several drugs (to stop labor and steriods for the baby in case he came). Finally they got it to slow down to irregular and weak so they sent me home with instructions not to get out of bed unless to use the bathroom. At 27 weeks I was back in the hospital...same routine, only dialated to a 2 and 25% effaced. Sent home again, told to drink lots of fluids, given contraction meds to take, total bedrest, and had to get weekly hormone shots to keep me preggo. At 32 weeks I was back again. This time I was a 2 1/2 and 50%. I was worried, but they were able to stop it again. I didn't go into labor again until 36 weeks and at my hospital they don't stop labor once you made it that far along, plus I was dialated to a 4 & completely effaced (which they say is too far into labor to stop). So I worried about my premie to come, as I spent the night in labor. Then the next morning hardly progressed so I was induced, and then thngs got moving fast. My son was born 7 pound 5 ounces, 3 1/2 weeks early, swallowed the meconium, and had a hematoma the size of the entire side of his head and minus some issues breathing for his first 2 days and asthma like symptoms now he's a completely healthy 9 month old (27 pounds, 31 inches). That was the most stressful and scary pregnancy and it was my first...so now I'm worried about having more chidren. What if that happens again but the ending isn't as happy as this one?? If anybody else is going through this now, I'm hear to talk to for support. I know it's hard.

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Nichole - posted on 12/06/2010

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Just an update for those who read this... My son is now 15 months. 100% healthy, and is 30 pounds, 33 inches.

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