I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first baby and went to see the midwife, it was a different one to normal, she examined me then checked my blood pressure which was very high, 224/127 so she had me lie down, then retook it but it hadn’t dropped so she arranged an immediate ambulance transfer to hospital.
Once I arrived I was placed on bed rest and put on a drip to lower my blood pressure, but it wouldn’t go down. The following day I had my show. Two days after admission on a Friday morning I was taken down for an induction and as I had had my show I didn’t need the pessary and was able to have my waters broken. My waters were stained with meconium, they left me to see if I went into labour, I didn’t.
I was put on an oxytocin drip
I was put on an oxytocin drip and was constantly monitored and unable to move. I was allowed no other pain relief except an epidural which I eventually agreed too. I progressed fairly quickly and after about 5 hours I could feel contractions again. They topped up my epidural.
My baby was in distress, I said I needed to push, but they did not believe me. I had to sign the c-section paperwork and then a doctor came to see me, he did an episiotomy that I didn’t know about and they used a ventouse to deliver my son.
As I was fully dilated my son was blue and floppy when he was born and had to be resuscitated, the biggest shock was he was only 4lb 6oz so he had stopped growing inside of me.
Once I was stitched up and he was checked I got to hold him and we were taken to the ward. I had to stay in overnight. The next day an HCA told me “you won’t get to take him home he’s too small” thankfully the doctors didn’t think the same.
He’s now a happy healthy boy and his birth seems a distant memory.
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