This is the story of C’s birth…..almost one week after it happened.
2/6/2014 6:37 pm
I’ll preface this by saying that I had a lot of fear going into this birth. It wasn’t a difficult pregnancy but it was definitely harder than the pregnancy I had with my son and included various concerns throughout…. I had Pityriasis Rosea in the very beginning, then failed my first gestational diabetes test (by three points – I ended up testing my blood after each meal at home for two weeks and GD was easily ruled out), then started to have higher blood pressure (never at dangerous levels but definitely higher than I normally had) in the last few weeks, which was actually probably more due to a combination of the stress I experienced going to my prenatal appointments as well as the labor prep tincture I was taking which included an herb that could potentially raise or lower blood pressure. I was in a hospital setting this time, as opposed to the independent birthing center environment I had enjoyed for my prenatal appointments and labor for my son’s birth. And, of course, there was the big “WHAT IF” at the end of the pregnancy that always loomed in the background….would I end up with another c-section or the vaginal birth I really, truly, very much wanted? I tried to tell myself that I was okay no matter what and as long as my baby was okay, but I honestly didn’t know if that was true.Continue Reading