Noah Austin - 9th February 2012

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  1. Rachel1509

    Rachel1509 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't think I'd be writing this for a while! But here goes :)

    Wednesday 8th February, I had an early morning routine midwife appointment. I gave her my urine sample as I usually did, and immediately she said it had a lot of protein in it. This didn't mean much to me as she usually said this at most appointments. She then took my BP and said 'Wow that's high. I'll try it in a minute once you've laid down and I've measured you'. She did that, then rechecked it to tell me it was exactly the same and hadn't changed (140/100) and if I'd heard of pre eclampsia. I said yes and she said not to worry too much, but to go upto the hospital to be monitored and checked, and to be prepared to possibly stay in overnight to check if my BP goes down. I didn't really panic at this point, I honestly thought it would be one of those times where I'd get to the hospital to then find it had completely regulated and I could go home straight away. Boy was I wrong...

    Got to the hospital and was given a jug to wee into everytime I needed to. They checked a sample of it straight away and said my protein levels were still high (+3). I then had blood taken, BP done multiple times and a scan to check babys growth (which came back fine).
    Waited a few hours for blood results, was sat around for quite a bit, until one of the lovely ladies came upto me and said 'One of your results have come back, the signs of pre eclampsia are extremely likely, so were waiting for someone to come and take you to labour ward for your induction'. I was absolutely stunned! I was sat there saying to my OH how we needed to be home in time for One Born Every Minute cos I'd not put it on record!
    I felt a mix of emotions, but mosty felt petrified! I was crying and shaking, worrying about what would happen, panicking because I'd not packed all my hospital stuff yet and that my baby wasn't full term.

    I was quickly given my own private room immediately so we could begin the induction. The pessery was inserted at 10pm. Within 15 minutes I was feeling slight pains underneath my bump. I told the midwife looking after me, and she said it would be tightenings.
    I struggled with the pain til about 4am in the morning. I tried sleeping through it but really couldn't and kept getting them every 20 seconds or so, so I felt exhausted! OH buzzed for midwife and asked if I could have anything for it. I had a morphine shot, which worked to a degree but didn't fully take the pain away - I managed a little bit of sleep on and off til about 7:30am.
    I woke up and decided to get myself ready, but the pains were getting more intense. I told the midwife I was struggling with the pain, so she reluctantly checked me and said I wasn't even dilated yet so it was tightenings with maybe a few light contractions. Really didn't feel like 'light' ones to me!
    Went down to the cafe with OH and my mum for a drink and a walk, this is where the pain started REALLY getting to me. I was hardly getting a rest between them, and couldn't sit down properly and enjoy my drink. I felt extremely sick and said I needed to go back to my room and lay down, so we got up and went for the lift. Pressed for 2nd floor, and as we approached it and the doors opened, my waters broke! I panicked and struggled to walk back to my delivery room,while OH and mum tried reassuring me I'd be ok. Got onto the ward and a midwife immediately saw how distressed I was and escorted me to my room. I pulled my pants down and she checked it was definately my waters - and it was! This is when the pain really started! It suddenly came on in big flushes and I was going really hot and felt overwhelmed. I climbed onto the bed and was examined to be told I was 3cm.
    The pains got much worse. I was sucking in the gas & air while everyones trying to keep me calm. I began doubting myself saying I was going to be a bad mum, and that I couldn't do it. At one point I even asked my mum to do it for me because I couldn't!
    After about 20 minutes of painful contractions, I kept asking for an epidural because it became too much. Then I started to get a very different feeling, was an EXTREME pressure feeling through my lower body and bad backache. I kept shouting 'I NEED TO POO, I'M GOING TO POO!!' Everybody tried reassuring me saying I wasn't pooing and to not push as it was too early. I kept constantly saying I needed to poo, so the midwife examined me and said 'Oh.. I can feel your babys head! You can push on the next contraction'. Everyone was gobsmacked!
    To cut the ending bit short, I pushed for a total of 8 minutes, and my beautiful Noah was brought into the world at 12:13pm on Thursday 9th February 2012 at 35+6 gestation.
    He weighed 5lbs 2.5oz. I cried, OH cried and my mum also cried. It was a moment I'll never forget.

    We spent 9 days in hospital altogether. Noah had problems feeding for the first few days, then they discovered he had very high levels of jaundice almost at transfusion level, so he spent time in SCBU. The levels lowered and he was allowed back into my room, for it then to rise again and be put back in an incubator. My BP has now stabilised after being really high for about 6 days after labour. I'm on medication to prevent infection down below as my stitches came apart, and tablets for my iron levels as they were too low.

    Here are a few photos of my little prince :)

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    #1 Rachel1509, Feb 18, 2012
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  2. saralou5

    saralou5 Well-Known Member

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    WOW!!! That's a pretty dramatic entrance into the world! :D Congratulations!! He looks absolutely gorgeous! :D Hope the both of you are doing ok xxxx

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  3. kaz1983

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    congratulations Noah is absolutely gorgeous. Glad you are both ok now. Im sat here crying reading your post you must have been so so scared with what you have been through xx
     
  4. Nonabean

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    He is absolutely stunning hun!! Massive congratulations to you and your other half. And well done for doing so well!! xx
     
  5. GregorysGirl

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    Wow...congrats...must have been hard to get ur head around him coming so early...bless u..glad everything has improved now xxxx
     
  6. Nic36

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    Huge congratulations - he's adorable! :)
     
  7. Samsgirl

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    aw he is a beauty...well done xx
     
  8. x_larlybelle_x

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    What a stunner! And he knows how to make an entrance! Loll! Glad u r both better now
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  9. Esperanza84

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    Wow....good job!!! He's gorgeous! :love:
     
  10. wannabmummy

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    Congrats Rach! So pleased for you, and Noah is gorgeous xxx
     
  11. Pudds86

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    congrats!!! he was an excellent weight to! xxxxxx
     
  12. vickib_1984

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    He is beautiful!!!! My Thomas was born at 36 weeks exactly and had feeding trouble and jaundice was in scbu for 7 days and we came home at 10 days he now a healthy 8 yr old who eats like a horse and is as skinny as a rake!!! Lol hope your healing on and enjoying your baby xxx


     
  13. Crackers

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    Congratulations! Dramatic to say the least, must have been a bit scary!

    Noah is absolutely gorgeous :) x
     
  14. pushca

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    Beautiful baby boy! Congratulations xxx
     
  15. becciboo26

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    Wow fab story congrats!

    He is precious - i love how the dummy looks massive! :) xx
     
  16. Nurse 26

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    awww, hes gorgeous! well done you! xx
     
  17. hellywelly

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    Gorgeous!! I love the way he is clinging to his teddy in the first piccie!! Glad all is well now. xxx
     
  18. JensBump

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    He's lovely - congrats x
     
  19. LoopyLouize

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    Wow, what a whirlwind labour you had! Well done hun, you sound like your did really well. And lil Noah is adorable! x
     
  20. Princess81

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    Congratulations he's gorgeous xxx
     

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