Our Special Rainbow
Every single pregnancy is different, at least in some degree. Each mom has her own experience but I found that I would lean into other mothers experiences when I was pregnant, so maybe if I share mine, it can help another momma or calm her nerves. All in all, my pregnancy and delivery were a dream. When I found out I was pregnant again after having a miscarriage, (click here to read my story) I was terrified and tried not to get too attached. I took multiple tests, didn’t get my hopes up. I went in for blood work around 5 weeks and my HCG was so high, I feared that I was having twins. They kept going up and up and when I went in for my 8 week ultrasound, I saw the little bubble and the little flicker of the heart beat (only one bubble and heartbeat, thankfully). We were further along than we had gotten before, but I was still skeptical. My HCG levels kept increasing and the signs were looking good. With my prior pregnancy, we had told everyone close to us right away but this time we only told our closest friends. We didn’t want to get anyones hopes up again. Then, I got a “morning” sickness, which was actually 24/7 nausea, during my 9th or 10th week of. I only threw up once, but I felt like death for weeks. Zofran was my best friend. At the end of October, once we were in the clear, we told everyone we were expecting and they were beyond thrilled, as were we!
The day before Thanksgiving, my morning sickness let up and I was able to enjoy 3 different Thanksgiving dinners. (After our first on Thanksgiving day, I went Black Friday shopping and invested in some maternity pants) Talk about good timing! I had already lost 8 pounds in the first trimester, but there was no cause for concern, I’m a bigger gal anyway and was still within healthy weight limits. By 20 weeks, I was noticeable showing and it was so exciting!
It took a little longer to feel our little bundle move because I had an anterior placenta (a placenta that sits in front of the uterus). If you have this and you’re worried, it’s not cause for concern unless it’s blocking your cervix. It just means it might take a little longer for you to feel baby move and quite a bit longer for your partner to feel him or her on the outside.
Anyway, the rest of my pregnancy was a breeze until about 36 weeks. I started swelling but that wasn’t the worst of it. I ended up getting carpal tunnel in my right hand and that was one of the most annoying, torturous feelings. If you’ve never experienced this, you’re lucky. Basically your hand feels like its dead asleep with no relieve and is constantly tingling. Apparently it’s super normal, but it did not fully go away until about 8 weeks after I had my son. Anyway, at 38 weeks, I was having what I thought were awful contractions, and got my husband up at 3:30am to take me to the hospital. Nothing happened and the contractions just phased out. At this point, little man was measuring 2 full weeks ahead and I was ready. While in the hospital, they were able to schedule me for an induction the following Wednesday, at 39 weeks. Since I had gone to the hospital, my doctor asked I come in the following Monday. When I went in for the appointment, she informed me that my blood pressure was elevated. Not really a cause for concern, but enough that if I wanted too, I could go to the hospital that day and get induced. Wow. I got tears of both joy and nervousness. I was scheduled to go in at 1:30 that afternoon. I left the doctor’s office in a slight daze. There were lots of things I wasn’t prepared for. I had nothing for myself post-delivery. I had the baby’s hospital bag packed, but not mine or my husband. I had to make sure we had a place for our pups to hang out for the next few days. I got to the car and called my husband and let him know it was time to come home and get ready to have this baby! He said he immediately started shaking from nervousness and excitement. Once he got home, we looked at each other and realized this was the last time we would be in our house with just the two of us. We were ready for him to be here.
Read my birth story here.
Want to know what we packed in our hospital bags? Head over here to read about my hospital bag must haves for mom, dad & baby!