Your Name/Screenname: Amanda/wewadoodlebug
Baby's Name: Madilyn Kate
Date of Birth: 08/18/2012
Original Due Date: 09/08/2012
Weeks Pregnant: 37
Baby's Weight: 6lbs 9oz
Baby's Height: 19.5 inches
Miss Madilyn made quite the entrance! The day before she was born, I just felt off. But I couldn't really figure out why I felt that way, but it wasn't my "pg normal". I decided to take a nap around 11am. When I got up I still didn't feel any better, so I went and took a shower hoping it would help. At 1p, I began to get intense pain in my back...at the time I thought it was back labor. So I started timing them and they became very regular (6-8min) and lasted for about a minute. So I called the nurse line and she instructed me to monitor for an hour and if they continued go to L&D.
They continued, so I called my mom and decided it was time to go get checked. But before we could leave, the pain became constant. This clued me in that something wasn't normal at all!! And then began the 45 minute drive to L&D. That was the most miserable ride of my life!!
When I arrived at L&D, the pain had intensified to the point of be being nauseated and sick. I was in fact contracting, but I felt (the nurse instinct!) and the L&D nurse felt like more was going on than just labor. They did a quick check and I was about 2.5cm and 80%, the day before at my appt I was 2cm. So there was minimal progression. They started giving me something for nausea and pain. The on call Dr for my OB office decided to have them run a renal u/s because she thought that I may have a kidney stone. All the while, pain meds are not touching the pain!
An hour later, the u/s results are back. No kidney stone...Miss Madilyn was putting pressure on my right kidney and ureter, which was blocking the flow of urine. Thanks baby girl
. So I was diagnosed with hydronephrosis...and basically there was nothing they could do other than pain management. And during all this I am continuing to have contractions every 2-4 minutes, but the back pain dulled them out completely!
They admitted me to the floor for the night and decided that we would formulate a plan the next day when I saw my midwife. Well...needless to say by 10a the next morning we had not been successful in pain management. My contractions had stopped, but I asked my midwife to do a quick check anyways because I had quite a bit of bloody show that morning. She agreed...and I was 4cm and 90% with a bulging bag. It was at that point we decided to break my water and have a baby. That was the only thing that would improve my kidney issue and the slight risk of immature lungs was better than continuing on Morphine and Dilaudid for pain. By now it is 2p. My plan for natural labor went out the window and I went with the epidural. That was the only way to relieve the kidney pain.
My labor progressed on its own with minimal intervention other than turning side to side. By 9p, I was complete and ready to push. At 10:13p Madilyn made her grand entrance. The most amazing part was that after my midwife delivered the shoulders, I was able to pull her out the rest of the way and bring her up to my chest
. My labor experience was amazing...even though it was not quite as planned.
Madilyn did have to spend a couple days in the NICU to rule out a possible infection and jaundice. Other than that she was perfect in every way!!