Hello! My baby is now two months old as of writing! But before I share any of the latest news about him, let me tell you my third trimester experiences and my birth story.
Third Trimester Symptoms
- Of course, I was getting big and so I was feeling too heavy. It’s hard for me to bend and to make it worse, for some reason, I was clumsier than ever that I kept on dropping things and needed to pick them up.
- I had gestational diabetes but I had it under control with diet (Thank God!). I had to check my sugar four times a day. I would always calculate the total carbs in my food every meal. Meeting with a nutritionist really helped me control it on my own although it sucked because the desserts are much more tempting now when I couldn’t have lots of them.
Note: When I was diagnosed with GD, I blamed myself because I knew I was eating more sweets than before I got pregnant and my relatives were warning me about it, but I didn’t care. I felt so guilty and told my doctor about it but she said, it’s not my fault. Any one, even the ones with “healthy lifestyle” could have GD because it will depend on how much the pregnant body will respond to insulin which helps the sugar level from getting too high. (Correct me if I’m wrong with my explanation… I just focused on the part where the doctor said it’s not my fault. Hehe.)
- Since I was getting less space for food in my tummy, I was always more bloated. There were nights that I needed to throw up or would really have a bad heartburn.
- My carpal tunnel syndrome was a bit better but was still there
- The baby usually moved a lot at night so it’s hard to get a comfortable sleeping position. Turning on my right side made me feel like I was squishing the baby while lying on my back made it hard to breathe so I would just stay on my left side all night (which is kinda tiring). It’s the recommended sleeping position for pregnant women anyway.
- Of course, I would have these Braxton Hicks contractions. Since I’m a first-time mom, there were times that I thought I was gonna give birth the next day. Hehe.
And The Waiting Game Begins…
I had my first cervical exam at 38 weeks… Gosh! It was so uncomfortable and painful and I was very surprised with the bleeding. I thought I was gonna give birth that day! That’s when I learned the phrase “rupture the membranes”. I thought that’s what the doctor did because it hurt so much. But it stayed dilated at 2 cm for three more weeks.
August 18th was my due date and I had a doctor’s appointment two days before it. Since I had diabetes, the doctor suggested not to wait longer than a week before I get induced so I scheduled it on the 25th (exactly one week after) at 5:30 a.m. I was praying so hard to be in labor before that day because first, I prefer to be in labor naturally and second, 25th is my dad’s death anniversary.
For one week, I’ve tried different ways to induce labor naturally such as walking a lot and eating spicy foods but maybe it was really meant to be on the 25th.
A couple of hours after watching the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones ( I was binge watching it at that time), I woke up around 2:30 am on the 25th to use the bathroom and it was a bloody show! Then, my tummy started to hurt so bad, pain that I haven’t felt before. I told my husband, “I think this is it!” so we rushed to the hospital.
I was only 3.5 cm dilated when I got to the hospital so I still had to wait and endure the pain for a long time. Around 3:30 pm, I was given the epidural. It worked for a bit but a couple of hours later, the right side of my tummy, really hurt like the epidural was not working. So they added more anesthesia (I think? something like that) but I started throwing up.
I started pushing at 6:45 pm. I had developed an infection due to labor so I had a fever. My husband, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law were all there in the delivery room. Everytime I had contractions and needed to push, one of them would lift my left leg, one would lift my right leg while my husband lifted my upper body. That whole thing lasted for four and a half hours. I was so exhausted so I asked the doctor if there are options to make it faster. She said she’s gonna use the vacuum and explained the risks to me. It was so hard to focus on what she was saying. I just wanted it to be done. So I just prayed and put my trust in the Lord, hoping it will be successful.
Baby came out at 11:21 pm. The doctor just used the vacuum once and baby came out naturally! I ugly cried when I heard the baby’s cry but those were happy tears. I was so glad that it’s finally over and my baby was okay. The Lord heard me and those who prayed for me.
Name: Dashiel Jordan a.k.a Dash
Weight: 6.15 lbs
Height: 21 inches
My pregnancy journey was a very unforgettable experience. It made me stronger as a woman. It made me feel like I can handle anything now. Hehe. But most of all, being a mother truly gives me joy. 🙂
I wanna hear your birth story! Share it in the comments. 🙂