I had a very healthy pregnancy and other than some early pregnancy bleeding, morning sickness and back pain all was fine. My hypothyroidism was well managed and I took 2 iron tablets a day in the third trimester due to low haemaglobin.
At 39+5 I had contractions all night but they tapered off by the next morning which was a Saturday, I got virtually, no sleep and was disappointed that labour hadn't started, I was huge and tired and spent the whole third trimester surviving the hottest summer on record. That evening the contractions started again at around 10.30pm and remained 5-8 mins apart for some time. I went into the hospital to get checked out at 4ish in the morning.
I was monitored and at 6ish was only 2cm. I decided to stay in hospital being a little unsure, in a fair bit of pain etc.
My OB was informed at 10ish being a Sunday morning and my progress being slow.
I was unable to sit or lie down due to the pain all being in my back/bottom and it was suspected it was likely DD was posterior given the pain I was in.
Things progressed a little and I managed without pain relief until around 2pm by that point I was only 3cm but losing my mucus plug. I then used the bath and gas and air to try and get through. I had no birth plan as I wanted to be flexible but epidural and Caesar were my last choices. I didn't like the idea of a needle in my spine. OB said things were progressing well now and he expected to see me that evening for delivery.
The midwives were enouraging me to consider an epidural but respected my choice.
My water was broken around 3pm and despite the pain and regularity of the contractions I wasn't more than 4cm by 4pm. My OB returned and recommended I have an epidural as I was exhausted and labour had been long. I relented and had the epidural which was great for the pain but I failed to progress so was put on a syntocin drip at around 6pm and by 8.30ish I was ready to push.
I pushed for a little while but my OB decided he wanted to trial forceps - he said DDs head was going cone shaped so forceps may not help but he would examine and decide in surgery. At my hospital any trial or forceps or vacuum was done only once you were prepped for a Caesar and in the surgical room so they could be ready to go straight into a Caesar if need be.
OB examined me and decided DD was not going to fit so I had a Caesar. All was fine with the Caesar, DD was 8 pounds 4 ounces/3.74kg and was 47.5cm born at 10.42pm (I was a petite 155cm and 50kg pre pregnancy and 62kg in pregnancy - not sure where she fit). We had a quick cuddle and DH took DD with the midwife as I was being fixed up and feeling woozy.
I then remember dropping in and out of consciousness and feeling sick, tired and distressed. I kept telling my doctors I wanted to sleep but couldn't and they were telling me they were trying to stop bleeding and get me fixed up and ready to see DH and DD.
I was scared and knew something was wrong, they were explaining what was happening but I couldn't process it. I wanted to sleep but the drugs made it hard and I was scared.
I could hear them checking and rechecking the placenta and running coags and asking how many units of blood they transfused.
I kept asking where DD was and if my DH knew
I was there. I'm sure they told me but I forgot.
I woke up in ICU a few hours later. DH and my mum were there and looking terrible. It was 1ish the next day (Monday) and DD was in special care not because she was sick but as they could care for her while I recovered.
My time in ICU was terrible, I couldn't sleep even though I was exhausted - I kept going in and out of consciousness from the drugs, I kept forgetting where DD was and of DH was aware I was there - I must have driven them crazy in ICU.
At 6am I sobered up and managed to wake up - they checked on DD for me and brought her down for somher breastfeeding and skin to skin. I was able to return to the ward later that morning.
DH, my mum and my doctor explained I suffered a 2.5ltr PPH due to a small cervical tear. They understood my blood loss was a little more than usual in labour but not enough to be so concerned. They are not sure when it happened or how but it was sorted out and apparently it won't affect future pregnancies.
I then was unable to walk or get up until the Tuesday due to dizziness etc. DD was not satisfied on my collustrum alone and my milk was delayed in coming in so I supplemented with formula and continue to breastfeed her as much as possible.
Thursday evening I was due to leave the next day but DD did a massive vomit with blood clots. Turns out that it was due to her cracking my nipples but we had her in special care that night just to be sure. I missed my final catch up with my OB to discuss aftercare but he had said I needed to keep up the iron as my haemaglobin was low again.
Post hospital I saw a breastfeeding clinic as I ran out of time in hospital to see the LC - was discharged on the Friday.
I've been mixed feeding since as I'm not confident that my supply will catch up and am happy with that choice.
I'm currently exhausted. I do all feeds with DH doing some
of the bottle feeds except for the 10pmish feed and the odd 1-2am feed when my mum does it to give me a break. DD generally is settled at night but has a few unsettled periods in the day where she wants DH or me to hold her while she sleeps.
I'm taking my two iron tablets a day and have appointments with my endo and OB at 6 weeks post delivery. I will call my OB when I get a moment to confirm if I need any blood tests etc.
Am I tired because of the blood loss, thyroid or just normal baby stuff. I have 2 more weeks with DH at home and then I'm on my own...I'm just so exhausted and not sure how I'll manage - I hate feeling this week and tired!
Edited by Wonderstruck, 15 April 2017 - 05:46 PM.