With this being my second pregnancy I expected to be less stressed and anxious than compared with my first. With the first pregnancy I think I was overusing google looking up almost everything about pregnancy and having a baby. This time I was going in just as excited but way more comfortable.
If you’ve visited my blog before you may know I did have several complications during my first trimester. I had a Subchorionic Hematoma (SCH) and Placenta Previa. Read about my experience with that here. Knowing I was having those issues was really hard on me. I remember crying in the car after my appointments because I was so worried something bad may happen to the baby. My husband, being an acupuncturist, helped ease my mind saying he has helped other women with these same problems. By the time I reached the second trimester my SCH and Placenta Previa were all resolved with the help of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
The second trimester for me was the easiest. I had made it through the craziness of the first 12 weeks. Everything was going as it should. The appointments were monthly, the baby was growing and so was I. I was at the stage where people can tell you are pregnant and not just bloated. One of my favorite things about the second trimester is right around week 20 when the anatomy scan happens. I don’t think I could wait the whole forty weeks to learn the gender.
It was finally the third trimester and my energy was nowhere to be found. Entertaining a toddler all day and dealing with a new puppy will eventually take a toll. Let’s not forget about the usual aches and pains of growing a little human. I completely forgot how difficult it was to do much of anything. Just getting my toenails trimmed or shaving my legs felt like a victory.
It seemed like our little girl was liking her home too much. As the due date came and went my midwife allowed my husband to use acupuncture to try and induce. He was able to get contractions going, but the contractions would slowly fade and go away. At the next appointment, after several days of trying to induce with acupuncture, my midwife wanted us to schedule to be induced at the hospital.
Knowing that I was going to be induced and having a baby within the next day made me so much more nervous. As much as I wanted to naturally go into labor I was ready to see our little girl. The night before I was to be induced my husband gave me another acupuncture treatment. Again he got contractions going and they were pretty strong. They just weren’t close enough for us to need to go to the hospital.
When I woke up for my usual nighttime bathroom break I wasn’t able to go right back to sleep. I was having contractions but decided to wait and see if they would continue before waking anyone up.
Time to Go
Not even an hour later my water broke. I figured I would be able to hang out at home for a little while. Maybe take a shower, let everyone get some more sleep. That didn’t happen. My contractions were strong and less than five minutes apart. So we called the midwife to let her know and we were on our way to the hospital.
Stay tuned for part two of welcoming our baby girl.