Watching OBEM tonight has made me want to share Emmy’s birth story with you. They say you never forget but the pain goes away – well that is completely true.
Those of you following this Blog will know it wasn’t an easy journey to actually have Emmy – I suffered 3 miscarriages before her which were very painful and took over a lot of my life for a while.
Upon finding out I was pregnant with Emmy I was immediately put under consultant led care, started taking 75mg aspirin from day 1 until 36 weeks and had continuous scans – 9 in total (these were at 7 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, 32 weeks and 38 weeks)
Here are our 12 and 20 week scan pictures (these were the routine scans, all the rest were done by my consultant):
We found out at our 20 week scan we were having a girl – Paul was ill with the Flu so didn’t come to the scan so afterwards I went to Mothercare and brought a pink T-Shirt and wore it lying over my bump when I got home.
Here are my last 2 bump pictures before she was born – I was huge!!
(left 31 weeks, right Xmas day 2009)
Emmy was actually due on January 24th 2010 whoever only 5% of babies are actually born on their due dates and Emmy was determined to be just like me and arrive very late. While waiting I went into cleaning mode and had to clean everything – which actually ended in disaster when at 9 months pregnant I decided I had to steam clean the floors (like you do!) during which my steam cleaner decided to blow up on me, exploding in my face scolding my hand and face badly, I had to call Paul home from work – which wasn’t easy as it had been heavily snowing and he was out on a survey (his dad is an Architect). We then had to spend 3 hrs in a & e – and I had to promise NEVER to use that steam cleaner again and to rest for the remainder of the pregnancy, which I tried to.
On 2nd Feb my contractions finally started around 10pm coming every 6 minutes, so I settled in for a long haul, sending Paul off to bed at some point a few hours later, I bounced on the birthing ball for a while before heading to bed for some sleep – around 3am it was getting worse so I ran bath which helped for a bit before I couldn’t bear it any longer and called the Labour ward at 6am – we headed in and arrived around 7am, to find out that yes I was contracting (that I already knew) and was only a little over 1 cm, I was given another sweep, some pain killers and sent home.
I continued contracting every 4-5 minutes all day but managed a little sleep and spent most of the day in pain or bouncing on my ball. I called back around 5pm in agony and was told No I wasn’t contracting at all by a very young midwife – well I knew I was as had been hooked up to a machine that morning, so got very cross and hung up on her!! and continued bouncing and walking around.
I sent Paul to bed around 10pm and jumped in the bath again which helped, I then got into bed for a little while to see if that would help and my waters broke almost immediately (lucky I had a towel down).
At midnight we arrived at the Birthing unit and were shown to my room which was lovely, it was a huge room, with a rocking chair, birthing pool, 2 beds, TV, en-suite and tea & coffee making facilities – I must have stayed there for around 30 minutes before they decided I was far to swollen to stay and had to go to the actual labour ward – I was not happy.
That’s where I stayed ALL day – I was 3 Cm’s dilated upon arrival, I had an epidural around 5am and slept wonderfully and then throughout the day was hooked up to 2 drips to help speed up my labour. Upon examination at 4pm I was still only 3 Cm’s and the word’s c-section were mutted by staff, a massive step away from my planned water birth. At 4.45pm I was only 4 Cm’s dilated and was told I had another hour before they started to plan for a c-section. Well at 5.35pm Emmy went into distress and her heart beat was dropping so I was told it would HAVE to be a c-section, I called my parents and told then I would be off to theatre soon – I had no idea how soon and at 6.19pm Emmy was born via EMCS – very healthy and huge!!
While she was being cleaned up, weighed and dressed by Daddy I was being given a Blood Transfusion as I lost too much blood, I was then stitched up and taken to recovery, given Morphine and my precious baby girl.
Emily Jean Nicholas born 6.19pm 4th February 2010 8lbs 13oz