Camden Jude's Birth Story
Trying for our second baby was a special, but nerve-wracking time.
I suffer from Antiphospholipid Syndrome, a common, yet often undetected auto-immune disorder which means that the blood is ‘sticky,’ and clots more easily than most people’s. Sufferers are more prone to blood clots, especially during pregnancy.
Clots can form in the umbilical cord, making miscarriage quite likely. I was told I couldn’t start taking my daily blood thinning injections until fifteen weeks, so when I spotted frequently between weeks five to ten, I worried. Thankfully, nothing went wrong and the pregnancy progressed normally.
I am blessed with large babies! My daughter weighed nine pounds, eleven ounces and was ten days overdue, so I was fretting that this baby was going to be large too. Because of my condition, a C-section is the last thing I should have, however I had already had a section with my daughter, as 23 hours of labour had still not seen me dilate further than 6 cm.
This time I was hoping for another section but was told NO! I had to try naturally. I begged to be induced two weeks early. If I was doing a VBAC then I wanted the baby to be closer to seven pounds than ten! It was actually a serious worry, and I felt that nobody took me seriously, although when I broke down in tears during an examination, the doctor tried to reassure me that my baby wasn’t huge. But I truly believed he would be massive.
At my Tuesday appointment, I was booked for an induction the following Friday, but I had already experienced some twinges and experienced a show. By tea time, I was contracting thick and fast, and we had to go to hospital. I was determined to do this! I walked around and put up with the pain, just using gas and air, which was marvelous!
After several hours I was only 2 cm. dilated and decided to go for an epidural, which wasn’t so great this time around as it was tricky to get in. Finally we managed but I still didn’t dilate so I had to go for another emergency section. Bah! But when Camden Jude was born weighing only eight pounds, thirteen ounces it was all worth it!
My recovery was very slow because the blood thinners I have to take restrict me from taking anti-inflammatory drugs and normal strength painkillers. So I suffered from lack of sleep and severe exhaustion, and it took me several weeks to get back on top of things. My scar was slow to heal this time also, but I put that down to the exhaustion.
This birth was different than the first time around, but definitely worth all the pain and worry! There is hope for mothers like me who suffer from this illness, however I think another pregnancy would be unwise so we are all done with our family now!
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