The Most Inspirational Story
This would be my first pregnancy. I was 19 years old, I wanted a girl very badly. About 3 months into my pregnancy, I started having bad back pains. I thought it was from the pregnancy. Honestly, I'm not sure what I was thinking considering I gained a total of 17 lbs my entire pregnancy, but I was 19 & I had heard that pregnancy was hard on your back. Anyways, I had bad back pains, but my doctor visits always went well. My mom even bought me one of those belts to help with pain & my belly was so small it wouldn't even stay down. By 5 months (around July 4th actually) I was very sick. Terrible pain, bad chills, etc. On the day I finally went to the hospital, I was wearing jogging pants & was wrapped in a comforter, this was July 2nd (and very hot!).
I ended up having a bad kidney infection. While the doctors were trying to figure out what to do with me, I caught pneumonia from the hospital. I was 21 weeks I believe. They decided to drain my kidney of the blood, but my pneumonia got so bad I had to be rushed to ICU & put on a ventilator. My mom brought in a priest to pray over me & I totally freaked out. Talk about being scared & I screamed at him to get out. Yeah that is a fun memory even I'm not religious, lol. I had to be put into a medicated coma for several days.
The doctors did tell me it was a good thing because the tube to drain the blood would have hurt & they don't do anything for it. Yeah, lucky me right! Nobody thought my baby would live. They did ultrasounds every hour & she just kept on kicking away. My mom said it was amazing, I was getting sicker & sicker but my little belly kept on growing. They actually had a hard time finding the babies heartbeat. There was a nurse in the ICU with her dying husband. She felt so bad for us, that she did the ultrasounds. She was the only one that could find her heartbeat.
I ended up being in the hospital for 2 weeks. When I made it to my 30th week, my entire doctor office cheered. They told me if I could just get to 30 weeks, my little girl would have a good chance. Right after that I started getting very sick at night. Would throw up every single night around 2 or 3 am. After a couple weeks, my husband noticed blood in my puke. He took me to the hospital, I believe it was 33 weeks. While waiting in the emergency room, I went into labor. And yes the wait really was that long, talking hours! I went up the lady at the desk & told her I had a really weird feeling on my stomach, like a pulling. She ran & got a wheel chair, lol. I took an entire weekend & tons of meds to get my labor to stop. On the Sunday, I had a weekend doctor & I begged her to let me go home. They had wanted me to stay till I delivered. After my last stay, I couldn't stand hospitals. She finally agreed & put me on a pill to take. My doctor was pretty ticked when I went in on the Monday. They had me come back in on Friday. The med was causing my heart to beat to fast, so she told me take it through Sunday & stop.
You guessed it, that night I went into labor. At this point, they told me they would just deliver. My water never broke, so we were waiting for my husband to get home from work. He of course got a flat tire & missed the time they were going to break my water. The lovely doctors told me they would just wait till the following morning. They figured every day they could stretch it out would be better. They finally broke my water on Tuesday morning around 11am. I delivered at about 45 minutes later.
Aly was 6 weeks early, weighed 5lbs5.5oz. She was pretty healthy considering! I have since found out that the meds did cause some muscle problems which were pretty much cleared up by toddler age. She does struggle with school quite a bit though. I am just thankful it worked out the way it did.
The Best, Worst, or Funniest Advice for Expectant Mothers.
- I am not the greatest at advice, but my biggest advice is to listen to your gut. Whenever I have doubted mine, it usually turned into a mistake.
- Kids will be kids, learn to go with the flow. Nobody is perfect. You have to learn to laugh, pick your battles & always have a camera handy! I have found when my kids mess up the house, sharpie the walls, smear poop over everything if I snap a picture & laugh it makes it easier (except the poop part, ew gross!)
- If you house is messy, so what. When baby naps, you nap! You can clean later, when they are older! Well out of the house maybe, lol.
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