Pregnancy

June 1st : The Delivery.

by Reema on June 3, 2006

in My Kids, Pregnancy

I just came back from the hospital with our son in my arms πŸ˜€ , Ali is 8 lbs and 14 oz (about 4 kg) and he’s 21 inches tall (53.3cm) . After 3 miscarriages and losing hope that I’ll never see a child of my own finally now i could say i have a beautiful son!

When my water broke at 4:30 am just after morning prayer we rushed to the hospital. At 5:30 am i got admitted and prepared in the delivery room. Mom and my DH were nervous and i was shaking all over i couldn’t believe it was happening for real. My doctor asked me if i was having any contractions and i wasn’t, even though i was dilated 1.5 cm. When my contractions started i thought they would give me the epidural straight away but that wasn’t the case. The nurse said I had to wait until I was dilated 3 cm. I endured the waves of massive pain that hit me, I screamed,cried and I felt like passing out.

After 6 hours of screaming I was finally dilated to 3 cm and had the epidural, oh my god! it felt great! no pain at all they also had me on Pitocin to speed up my contractions. My friends, Shara and Anna Marie, came and I was happy. It was the first time my mom will witness a real actual birth. Time flew and my dilation was slowly progressing, when it was 10:30 pm i was 9.5 cm dilated and i felt every contraction but no pain thank god only pressure.

At 11:10 pm I was fully dilated and I started pushing with the help of my mom and the nurse. My DH was filming the whole thing with his camcorder. I admit watching a delivery on T.V was totally different when experiencing the real thing. Pushing every time a contraction began was soooo exhausted and in between contraction my DH placed the oxygen mask on me. I felt like passing out and couldn’t push anymore. At the end mom had to step away and let the doctor and 2 nurses to finish their job. It was one last final push and there he was Ali came out screaming πŸ˜€ when they placed him in my arms we all cried especially mom praying and praising. Words failed me as I can’t exactly describe that precious moment. 17 hours of labor it was worth every second, minute and pain, I would do it again.


My Miracle baby

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2 days from week 37

by Reema on May 7, 2006

in Pregnancy

As i near towards my due date I’ve noticed some new changes it’s tougher to sleep at night. I can’t get comfortable sleeping on my right or left side. Using my body pillow is no help at all. The only way i could sleep comfortably is sitting up with my legs stretched. True my lower back does hurt but it’s better than nothing. I can handle being heavy or always going to the bathroom to pee like every 20 min, my frequent contractions and the constant pressure as if the baby is going to pop out this instant but the one thing i can’t handle is the heartburn. Drinking a cold class of milk helps for a while, I’ve tried taking Tums but it didn’t do much. 3 weeks to go i must be patient.

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Birth Plan

by Reema on April 15, 2006

in Pregnancy

A couple of days ago a friend of mine asked me if i prepared my birth plan i was like “what’s that?” after 1 hour explaining and listening to the do’s and do not’s i decided i definitely needed a birth plan. I searched online and look at some birth plan samples wow! didn’t know there were so much to consider and choose. Watching T.V shows like A Baby Story and Bringing Home Baby on the TLC channel was a BIG help. My husband and i watched numerous deliveries and i think we got a pretty idea on what our preferences would be when the time comes πŸ™‚

There are so many online Birth plan generators but not all had what i was looking for so finally i came across a pleasing one and this is my copy:

Before Labor Begins:

– If I go past my due date and the baby and I are fine, I prefer to go into labor naturally rather than be induced.
– I prefer to have minimal internal exams.

Induction:

– I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless necessary due to signs of fetal distress.
– If induction becomes necessary, I would like to try natural induction techniques first (with the guidance of my practitioner).

Environment:

– Upon arrival at the hospital, I prefer to have my husband with me at all times.
– Please, no residents or students attending my birth.
– I request my husband and mom to be present during my labor and/or 2nd stage labor.
– I prefer to give birth in a delivery room.
– We would like to have my birth photographed, filmed/videotaped.

IV:

– I would appreciate liquids, such as juices, high-energy drinks, and ice chips for rehydration during my labor.
– I do not want an IV unless necessary due to dehydration

Pain Relief:

– Ideally I would prefer a drug-free birth.
– Please only offer pain medications if I ask for them.
– Should you feel medication is necessary, please discuss all options with me in detail and as soon as possible.
– I am prepared to try to handle pain with these natural and alternative methods:
Breathing techniques.
Massage.
– If I choose to use drugs, my preference is walking epidural.

Other considerations :

– Ultimately, I want to be able to walk around and move as I wish while in labor.
– Ultimately, I would like to feel unrestricted in accessing any sounds of chanting, grunting, or moaning during labor.
– Please keep my door always closed during labor.

Monotoring:

– I prefer the baby to be monitored intermittently using a doppler.

Second Stage Labor:

– As long as the baby and I are healthy, I prefer to have no time limits on pushing.

Episiotomy:

– I prefer to have no episiotomy and risk tearing (unless I’m having a medical emergency).
– To help prevent tearing, please apply:
Hot compresses.
Oil.
Perineal massage.
– Please use a local anesthetic for repairs.

The Delivery:

– I would like to view the birth using a mirror.
– I would like to wait until the *umbilical cord stops pulsating before its clamped and cut.
– I would like the opportunity to have my husband cut the cord.
– As long as my baby is healthy, I would like my baby placed immediately on my abdomen following the birth.
– Please delay all essential routine procedures on my baby until after the bonding and breastfeeding period (i.e., bathing).

Cesarean Delivery:

– Unless absolutely necessary I would like to avoid a caesarian.
– My husband is to be present at all times during the c-section.
– I would like to remain conscious during the procedure.
– I would like the baby to be shown to me immediately after it’s born.
– The baby given to my husband as soon as he’s dried (as long as he’s in good health).
– We would like to photograph or film the operation as the baby comes out.

Recovery:

– If my baby is healthy, I would like to hold my baby and nurse it immediately in recovery.
– As long as my baby is healthy, I would like my husband to be the baby’s constant source of attention until I am free to bond with it (i.e., holding, skin-to-skin contact, etc.).

Third Stage Labor:

Placenta:

– I would prefer for the placenta to be born spontaneously without the use of pitocin, and/or manual extraction.
– I would like if possible to see the placenta after it has been delivered.
– I would like the option of taking the placenta home with me for religious/and/or personal reasons.

New Born Procedures:

– If the baby has any problems, I would like my husband to be present with the baby at all times, if possible.
– I would like all newborn routine procedures to be performed in my presence.

Administration of Eye drops:

– I would like to delay the administration of eye drops up to two hours after birth.

Vitamin K:

– I would like my baby to receive a routine injection of vitamin K immediately after birth.

Immunizations:

– I prefer any immunizations be postponed to a later time.

Bathing Baby:

– We would like to give our baby its first bath. Please help direct us in this process at the hospital.

Circumcision:

– I would like him circumcised.
– Please use a local anesthetic.

PKU:

– We decline routine PKU testing at the hospital and have made other arrangements for this procedure at a later date this week.

Feedings:

– My baby is to be exclusively breastfed.
– Do not offer my baby the following without my consent:
Formula.
Pacifiers.
Any artificial nipples.
Sugar water.

If my baby’s health is in jeopardy, I would like:

– To be transported with my baby if possible.
– My husband to go with the baby.
– To breastfeed or express my milk for my baby.
– To be offered a room at the hospital for the duration of my baby’s stay (within reason).

I would like my in-hospital routine to be:

– Full rooming in, no separation, no exceptions, unless my baby is sick.
– I prefer a private room.
– I prefer to have my husband or mother stay with me for the duration of my hospital stay.

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Male Pregnancy?

by Reema on February 28, 2006

in General

Is it just me or does anyone find this weird? Male Pregnancy i hope it’s a hoax.

update:

It’s not real, phew! Source.

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I hate goodbyes

by Reema on February 27, 2006

in General, Pregnancy

We took my dad to the airport and I felt I miss him already. The good news my mom is coming next month, yeah it’s her turn now and I’m glad she’ll be here for the delivery. What would i do without mom’s help? being this is our first child I’m so clueless that sometimes i fear i might do something wrong, i guess it’s natural feeling this way since we are first time parents. I’ve been using the glucose meter to test my blood sugar level and so far my levels are good. I admit i cheated only once, i couldn’t resist that darn chocolate ice cream πŸ˜›

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Yay!

by Reema on January 29, 2006

in General, Pregnancy

Me dad is coming tomorrow from Kuwait πŸ˜€ last time he visited was about 6 months ago. I miss him so much and can’t wait to see him again. He’ll be staying for a month and it’ll be the first time he sees me pregnant!

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My 5th Month

by Reema on December 29, 2005

in Pregnancy

According to this site 43% of my pregnancy has passed, and there is 57% left to go. The whole pregnancy experience is just so wonderful except for the morning sickness, back pains, and the terrible migraines. Ever since i entered my 5th month I’ve been having trouble sleeping or rather finding a good position to sleep, some told me not to sleep on my back (my favorite position) now i mostly sleep on my right/left side but that caused my legs to cramp and sometimes the pain is unbearable. I’ve found sleeping on the couch was more comfortable then the bed the only problem was i got so use to my DH’s night cuddles πŸ˜‰ i guess i have to work something out.

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Another Year Approaches

by Reema on December 27, 2005

in My Poetry,Stories & Thoughts

2005 will end soon and in this year i had my ups and downs, i remember how happy i was when i got pregnant we were so exciting but sadly our happiness never lasted long as i went through another loss, having my mother around helped me get through my depression and i know how hard it’s for her that i live so far away, love you mom. I’ve been lucky to have met such wonderful people that I’m proud to call as my friends truly this to me is a treasure. With re-new hope i tried again to get pregnant but first i had to endure the terrible 7 days I’ve spent in the hospital due to my Epilepsy, the reason i said it was terrible because i felt like i was a lab rat i was so glad when it was over and i wouldn’t have made it through without my loving dad and husband at my side, love you both πŸ™‚

This year i was happy to see Kuwait’s first slow steps to democracy gave me hope for a better future, women finally gained their political rights, a female minister got appointed and we also had our first female pilot. For me 2005 was different from any other year because of the devastation that natural disasters had caused from the Tsunami in Asia to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the earth quakes in Pakistan so many people lost their lives and their homes our prayers goes out to them.

Some of the my most pleasurable moments in 2005 was meeting my favorite writers at the book signing and the Romance Book Conference, i still wish that someday I’d meet my friend Shi face to face, she’s one awesome writer πŸ™‚ But of course the most wonderful time of my life this year was getting pregnant again and feeling my baby’s first kick .

I thank God for everything he had given and taken from me, i am blessed with a loving family, a wonderful husband and supportive friends i wish you all a very Happy New Year , may it be a year full of bliss and happiness, may the suffering ends and peace conquers one must not lose hope for it could happen one day.

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