We went in for my 38 week checkup on Monday, April 20th. My bp had started to get higher with each appointment but it was especially high at this appointment. So they wanted me to do the 24 hour urine catch and gave me instructions to stay at home and take it easy. They told me that if I got a headache that wouldn’t go away with Tylenol or if I started seeing spots or anything out of the ordinary to call. So we went home and decided to make sure all Noah’s baby clothes were washed and my hospital bag was completely ready.
The next day Brian had to work so I took advantage and decided to stay in bed and rest. Around 10am I got a really bad headache. So I took some Tylenol. I then started getting the shakes, so I ate some oatmeal and just hung out. After about an hour of not feeling any better I decided to call the dr. They told me to come in to check my bp just to be safe. So I called Brian to let him know and he tells me to bring the hospital bag and car seat just in case. I get to the dr and my blood pressure is sky high!! So they decide to have me admitted to the hospital for induction! I was freaking out! I called Brian and told him to leave work and called my mom and told her to come as soon as she could, and then I headed to the hospital.
So I got checked in and all settled around 2pm. They were continuing to catch my urine since it wasn’t confirmed if I had protein in my urine resulting in preeclampsia. They were monitoring my blood pressure every half hour and started me on pitocin. I had lots of visitors that afternoon to keep me company. I don’t remember really being in any pain until later that evening and even then it wasn’t terrible. I had them give me something to take the edge off and they gave me a heating pad for my back so I tried to rest. Around midnight I wasn’t in horrible pain-just felt like really bad period cramps- but I decided to get an epidural so I could sleep that night. I still didn’t get much sleep at all. Between the blood pressure machine and nurses in and out to check on me, I was up most of the night. My mom and Brian stayed with me all night so they didn’t get much rest either.
The next morning around 9am I was only at 4cm so the doctor came and broke my water. After he broke my water broke I started having HORRIBLE back pain. And this was with an epidural! So I called the nurse and I told her I didn’t think my epidural was working. They told me they could try another one but it might not work either. I waited a bit longer to see if the pain would stop but it didn’t. So I told them to try another one. So they came in and the anesthesiologist kept poking me in a vein instead of my spinal cord! She kept poking and poking and couldn’t get it in! At this point my contractions were right on top of each other and I was in SO much pain! I remember telling them I wanted a c-section if they couldn’t get the epidural in haha! They had to call the head anesthesiologist down to put in the epidural but he got it in right away! He was my hero! Once I wasn’t in pain anymore and relaxed for a bit, I got to 9cm super fast!
So I told them I felt like I needed to push, and they checked me and said there was still just a bit of cervix there and they were going to call my dr to come. Well it seemed like forever but I got to 10cm finally! My doctor was still not there (there were 5 other women in labor at the same time I was!) so the nurse tells me to go ahead and start pushing and they’ll call him again. I always say the nurse delivered him because my doctor barely made it to catch him! I only pushed for about 20 minutes and he was out! At 1:56 pm on April 22, 2009 Noah Allen came in to the world! He weighed 6lbs 4oz and was 19.5 inches long! He was healthy and content! He was perfect!
After he was born my doctor did confirm that I had Preeclampsia. So it was a good thing I was induced and had him when I did or it could have been dangerous for us both!