I was 26 years old and it was my first pregnancy. It was a perfectly
I was 26 years old and it was my first pregnancy. It was a perfectly healthy and worry-free pregnancy until about 36 weeks along. I began feeling discomfort in my chest area. I thought it might be what others described as acid reflex. The only problem with that theory is it left me feeling a bit achy. I became concerned after a few days and went to the doctor to be checked out. They sent me home and told me to take Mylanta.
At 37 weeks and 4 days I began having mild contractions. The following day my water broke and I was still having mild contractions. By 3 a.m. the next morning my husband and I, along with other family members went to the hospital. I checked into Kaiser and gave them my birthplan, which explained my request for a natural, drug free childbirth experience. Afterall, I thought I had a perfectly healthy, worry-free pregnancy.
The doctor on call was adamant about administering an I.V., but we explained our desire for a natural, drug free childbirth. So, after much grief we were admitted to a room. I was 3 centimeters and about 90-95% effaced.
I labored until about 3 or 4 p.m. that day and the (different) doctor on call suggested Pitocin, because I was only dilated to a 6 at that point. My husband and I decided to give it a try. Along with Pitocin came a routine blood test.
Later that even the doctor told us that the blood test revealed a low platelet count (20,000) and strongly urged an emergency C-section as she felt my life (and possibly the baby
Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all...