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    Default Hadley's TTC, Preg, and Birth Story

    I'm going to start with TTC. We moved to Stuttgart, Germany in March 06. I was finishing my degree online and knew I would be finished in Oct of that year, so we started TTC in June 06. I didn't get pregnant until August 07, but didn't find out I was preg until I was 12 weeks.

    I had been very sick and didn't have a period so I took an at home preg test which came back negative. A few weeks later I took another test which also came back neg. I then got a really bad UTI. The doc gave me another preg test which also came back neg. At this point I hadn't had a period in over 2 months, but that wasn't too unusual for me. It turns out that I was allergic to the antibiotics I was given for the UTI so I ended up in the hospital getting steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. A few weeks later when I finally had a pos preg test, I was really scared about all of the meds I had been given (not knowing if I preg at the time or not). After a measuring u/s, we found out that I was 13 weeks preg.

    German health care is great but very conservative, so even though I was throwing up 5-6 times a day and not gaining weight, the ob refused to give me anything to help. I had "morning sickness" for 26 weeks. Eventually it became manageable, but I immediately started having acid reflux, chronic congestion, and extreme back pain. I did not really enjoy being pregnant, but was so excited to finally be pregnant.

    I went into my labor hoping for a NCB, but being okay with the idea of an epidural if I needed it. At 41 weeks, my ob said I needed to be induced. At this point I was so tired of being preg, that I agreed without really thinking about it.

    I checked into the hospital at 41 weeks. They use a cervidil gel and not an insert, which I was immediately given. After about an hour contractions started, which were intense but not productive at all. They reapply the gel every six hours and I had 4 doses (24 hrs of contractions) and only got to 3 cm.

    After being in labor for 24 hrs, they started pitocin. Things started picking up, including the intensity of my contractions. When I got to 7 cm, they broke my water and transition quickly began. They offered me an epidural at this point, but I thought that I had gone so long without it that I wanted to finish the same way. Transition lasted about an hour and then an hour of pushing, Hadley Christine was born at 3:55AM on May 17, 2008 (after 42 hours of labor). She weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 19.75 inches long. She was facing my right hip when she came out, so I had a lot of internal and external tearing. When I asked the doc how many stitches I needed, he said he had lost track, but it was a lot. I knew it was bad as it took over an hour to get me to stop bleeding and sewn up.

    Backing up a little, as soon as Hadley was born I knew something was wrong as she was having trouble breathing. I got to hold her for about a minute before the NICU was called. The NICU doc examined her and then told me that they needed to take her away and that DH could not go with her yet. They said as soon as she was stabilized they would come get DH.

    I was moved to a recovery room. DH was then allowed to go see Hadley, but I was told I could not go until I was able to urinate. Because I wanted to see her so badly, I got up immediately, but I had lost so much blood that I passed out. I passed out 2 more times trying to go to the bathroom. After 12 extremely long hours, I finally peed and was allowed to go to the NICU.

    We were told that she had gotten pnuemonia while in the womb, an extremely rare condition. Apparently I came in contact with someone who had even a minor cold, and while I didn't get sick, Hadley did and the cold turned into pnuemonia. People generally walk around with a white blood cell count of 60, a sign of infection is 100, an extreme infection is 1000. Hadley's white blood cell count was 1600. For the first 7 days Hadley was in a restricted area and I could only visit 4 hours each day. The last 3 days she was moved to a different section and I was able to stay with her in the hospital. The day she was discharged, the senior doctor told us that they did not know if she was going to make it when she first came into the NICU. So even though I want to avoid an induction this time, I do not regret my induction with Hadley at all as she would have continued to get sicker the longer until she was born.

    She is now a very healthy, active 2 year old. I know this was extremely long, so thanks for reading if you made it this far.
    Melissa
    DH: Gideon
    Married: 06/01/2002
    Hadley Christine: 05/17/2008
    Malia Rose: 08/14/2010
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    Oh scary! For some reason I don't remember that from the May board. Kudos to you for going natural with an induction and all, though I know what you mean, that it kind of puts pressure on you for another natural birth.
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    Wow, good for you for having a NCB after such a long inducation. How scary about her being sick like that. I've never heard of anything like that. I'm glad she is a healthy 2 year old now!
    ~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)


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    One of my friends had her first baby in Germany also. She experienced severe hyperemesis the whole 9 months and couldn't get any Zofran. She has it again so far with her second pregnancy (she's about 15 weeks now)

    I'm glad Hadley was okay after being so sick when she was born! That is really scary and you are probably right that being induced was for her best. I think that after you've done a 46 hour induction unmedicated, any other labor would be quite a bit easier.

    I've been learning baby positioning and rotation that in my doula training. The pelvic outlet is widest from front to back, as is the baby's head, so it fits better if they are facing the spine with they come out, so I can see how coming out facing the hip could cause difficulty.
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    Wow! Your DD1's birth was quite eventful. I'm so glad she's a healthy 2 year old now!
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    Yesterday was my due date. I am very excited to meet Malia, but I am going to stay strong. I have talked with my OB about not discussing induction until 42 weeks unless there is an actual medical reason.

    I have been having contractions most evenings, but they haven't led to anything yet. I just have to keep telling myself to be patient and enjoy our last little bit of time as a family of three. I have a doc's appt tomorrow, so I will update everyone then.
    Melissa
    DH: Gideon
    Married: 06/01/2002
    Hadley Christine: 05/17/2008
    Malia Rose: 08/14/2010
    Blog: Our Jones Family Experience


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    Happy due date! Sorry its a day late. Sounds like your body is getting itself ready each night. It won't be long now. Great plan about giving your OB the heads up about no induction talk until a set date.
    ~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)


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    hope your appointment today goes/went well!

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    Everything is still looking good. My bp was 116/72 and Malia's hr was in the 140's. I only gained 1 lb since last week, so I'm happy with that. I still haven't had any progress. For the past 2 weeks I have been 1 cm and 50% effaced. I do find this pretty disappointing, but I know things can change quickly so I'm trying to focus on that.

    If I'm still pregnant, my next appt is Monday at L&D to have an NST. After that I would have an NST every other day. I was happy that induction was not even mentioned, so I am gaining more and more confidence in all of the doctors in the practice.
    Melissa
    DH: Gideon
    Married: 06/01/2002
    Hadley Christine: 05/17/2008
    Malia Rose: 08/14/2010
    Blog: Our Jones Family Experience


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    I'm glad to hear that everything looks good and that there was no talk of induction.

    Do you know what position the baby is in?
    -Brittany
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