Complicated Pregnancy With a Happy Ending

by Gale Putt

I had a miscarriage in July and was so depressed afterward. I wanted another baby and so did my husband.

The day we went to the hospital for the miscarriage, my doctor said I was about 13 1/2 weeks along. He said there was no explanation why it happened and to wait a couple of months before trying again.

I never went back on birth control. My cycles were normal until October when my period was due, but didn't show. We did the home pregnancy tests and the test showed a light positive so we decided to call the doctor's office. They said it might be some of the pregnancy hormones left in my system from the previous miscarriage.

To be sure, they did the beta test (which is a blood test that checks the levels of HCG in the blood). The first test showed a low level, then the next week the test showed I had even more of the hormone. They said depending on what the results of the next test were they would do an ultrasound.

The third test came back really high, somewhere above 16,000 and we did the ultrasound. Everything looked great. I knew my due date (6-15) before I even went for my first check-up. My calculations were right!

I never had any nausea with this pregnancy but everything was looking good. I think I gained somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds. I went into pre-term labor at about 32 weeks. They tried a shot which only lasted for a few minutes. Then they gave me a sleeping pill which didn't do anything. Next, the doctor on call said to keep me overnight at the hospital.

After this decision, the doctor tried a shot in the IV to put me to sleep which took effect within 15 minutes. As soon as it wore off they had to give me another one because baby wanted out a bit too soon. Once the second sleepy shot wore off, my uterus seemed to settle down enough for my doctor to let me go home.

Exactly one month later I was back in the hospital for pre-term labor. This time they gave me a shot and monitored me for a little while and I was able to go home.

After 2 more trips to the hospital for pre-term labor and all the pain I had been in with my back and cervix, I was ready to get it over with. At my next few appointments I talked to my doctor about inducing me. He said that he didn't think I would last much longer but I did.

Finally on my last appointment, which was on Monday, June 5, I asked one more time and he said to be at the hospital Wednesday morning. I was so excited and didn't believe it all at the same time. I remember asking him 2 or 3 times if he really meant for the Wednesday that was 2 days later. The day after this appointment, I woke up having contractions and losing my mucous plug. I had contractions off and on all day. I even had more when it was time to go to the hospital for induction.

I got to the hospital and waited for my doctor to come in and get things rolling. First he applied the prostaglandin gel to my cervix, which got me started within no time. I was contracting every 2-4 minutes. About an hour or so later he broke my water. It took a few minutes for the contractions to pick back up but when they started I knew it wouldn't be long.

My husband's mother was in the room during all this and said she thought I would have the baby about the same time that I had my first. I told her I didn't think so. I told her it wasn't going to be long. The contractions picked up and were coming about every 2 minutes.

My nurse asked me every few minutes if I wanted drugs of any kind. I kept saying no because to be honest I really wasn't in any pain. Not much later, the nurse came in and checked me and I think I may have been 5-6 centimeters dilated at that point.

Twenty minutes later I had a contraction and I felt something so we had the nurse come back in. That time I was like 8 centimeters. Five minutes later I had a contraction and I really felt the baby drop so we called the nurse again. She checked me while I was having a contraction and said we were fixing to have a baby. He was coming out right then.

My doctor almost missed the action. There was a whole crew of nurses suiting up getting ready for action when my doctor finally walked in. They got me ready to start pushing. After just 3 or 4 pushes Austin was here. I had an episiotomy with just a few stitches.

A nurse who was in the room asked another nurse if my epidural needed to be removed. She didn't know I didn't have one. I got to hold my little Austin. He had such dark hair with blond streaks in it. I was so happy. My nurse came in a bit later and said he weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 18 inches.

About 30 or 45 minutes later the IV was removed and I was all over the place. I was so excited I couldn't wait to hold him again. I asked my doctor how long it took this time he said 3 hours and 10 minutes. I was like wow!

Now my baby boy is 15 months old and sweet as can be. I thank G-d every day for the precious gifts he has given me. And I realize that my miscarriage happened for a reason. If I hadn't had the miscarriage I wouldn't have my little Austin.

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