During my pregnancy with my second child, i was retaining excessive amounts of water and my blood pressure was slightly elevated. So my doctor told me he wanted to be extra cautious. He told me to stop drinking so much water (I thought that was weird) and to only drink 4 small coffee cups of water per day.
I told him that I was excessively thirsty and found it difficult to drink such little water. In fact, I was more interested in drinking fluids than eating. ( I was pregant during an extremely hot summer-perhaps that had something to do with it?)
But anyway, during the last several weeks prior to my due date, the doctor kept commenting that the baby was still laying really high up and should have dropped by then. So he scheduled an induction exactly on the due date.
My husband and I went to the hospital around 7:00 am. I was given an IV and Pitocin to start the contractions around 8:00 or so and hooked up to the machine that monitors the baby's heartbeat and my contractions.
The nurses would periodically check on me to and ask me if I was feeling any pain because I was having contractions. I did not feel anything. The doctors (B.K.A medical students A.K.A. on the job trainers
) would come in to check my cervix and proceed to tell me that I was still tightly closed and not appearing to dilate).
So they kept increasing the Pitocin and the contractions did get stronger and I did begin to feel real pain. But I was still not dilating. Then one of the medical students said that she thought the baby was not in the right position and not putting enough pressure on my uterus--so she performs and ultrasound to double check. Then she gets this worried look on her face and says that she needs to consult with another doctor. So the other doctor comes in and says that there is nothing wrong and that the other doctor thought that the baby's head may have been in an awkward position.
Hours pass by, the contractions intensify but my cervix stays put and the baby is not dropping. My water finally breaks and I am told by the nurse that I need to lay on my side and receive oxygen because the baby's heartrate keeps dropping and rising with each contraction.
My obstetrician arrives and checks my cervix and says that I have dilated only about half a centimeter and I was around 8:00 pm by then! So he gives me a different kind of fetal heart monitor that goes into my
and attaches to the baby's head. (OWWWWWW! is all I have to say about that!) Then he tells me that I should not be on my side but flat on my back! He too commented that the baby did not seem to be tolerating the contractions well. And because my water had already broken the risk of infection was increased--and he might have to intervene and perform a
c-section to protect the health of the baby.
So about 1.5-2 more hours passed and I still was only half a centimeter and my doctor scheduled the c-section. I must admit that the doctor who gave me the epidural did a very good job because I hardly felt any discomfort from the needle.
When my baby was delivered he came out crying and continued crying for SEVEN HOURS! He wouldn't even nurse.
I felt like I was in a mental fog and felt shaky all over. The next day, the doctor tells me that my uterus is infected and I need to receive antibiotics intravenously. So I was on TRIPLE antibiotics for the remainder of my stay in the hospital and several days at home.
At first the antibiotics were administered through a regular IV, but for some reason the fluid kept leaking into my tissue. So three IV's later, the doctor ordered a pic line IV. (A tiny hole is cut into your skin and a tube is fed through your vein up into your neck )
My baby was so sleepy, I had difficult getting him to feed or wake up. I asked the nurse, if the anesthesia may have had something to do with it and she told me that I did not need to be concerned about the drugs because everything they give us is safe for the baby. Yeah right.
Although, I am very thankful that the doctor delivered him safely--I can't help but wonder if I should have questioned the induction. I wonder if my baby cried for so long because he was not ready to be born in addition to the effects from the anesthesia. I am also upset that I felt so mentally foggy during and immediately after the birth. I was in a period of depression for several months after the whole experience.
Has anyone had a similar experience?