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My Delivery with POTS

May 10, 2011 - 2 comments

During my pregnancy I had so many worries about my delivery as many of us do. I worried about my low blood pressure, passing out, my heart stoping, the epidural, my baby being healthy, etc... I had a strict birthplan and I constantly checked my hospital bag to make sure I had everything ready. Those things made me feel more prepared especially taking the birthing class with my dad as my support partner. Maybe all the worrying and planning prepared me for my delivery or maybe I just worried over nothing, it's up to you to descide. Here is my story.
On March 10 around 1:30pm I started having painful contractions that were very irregular. I assumed they must be Braxton Hicks. Hours go by and my pain has increased but the contractions are still very irregular. Then I use my mucus plug and I start to get shooting pains in my pelvic area worse than I ever experiences through my pregnancy. We called the doctor who said to go to the hospital but I didn't have to rush.
So when we get there I am four centimeters dialated and I walk around the halls until they can get a room ready for me. Before I know it I am already 6 centimeters dialated and I recieve the epidural with no problems at all.
The nurse just tells me to get some rest and I do. I fall right to sleep so happy to finally be in real labor, that the epidural went well, and that I am about to be a mother.
A funny thing happened that I have to tell you. when I woke up from one of my naps I couldn't feel my right leg and when I tried to move it...it fell off the bed and I couldn't pick it back up. I laughed so hard and had to ask my sister to help me. She kindly put it back on the bed for me and called the nurse to help me lay on my left side for a little while.
Keep in mind that the side you are laying on gets more numb than the other so if you have a lot of time try to keep rotating from side to side so the medicine is balanced on both sides.
At six o'clock am the nurse told me I could start pushing. This was difficult since I could barily even feel my stomach muscles but I was aparently doing a great job.
The doctor came in not long after when I started crowning. And get this! When my son's head started to cone out it actually tickled! I was laughing because it tickled! Once my son's shoulders were out I could see him and I pulled him out and brought him to me. He is the most prescious thing I have every seen in my life, my little prince.
My delivery couldn't have been more perfect. I got to share it with my father, mother, and sister, and I got to be the first to hold my handsome baby boy! The doctor was surprised at how well it had gone he told me "you should have many babies."
I hope all of the moms-to-be with POTS have a delivery as smooth and wonderful as mine. It was a great experience and after such a wonderful delivery maybe I will have another child some day. That will have to wait until I find a man who loves me and my son as his own who will stick around of course, but that is a different story. For now I'm just happy to have my healthy, strong, and happy baby all to myself. :)


FootNotes:
- I typed this from my phone so it might not be up to par
- The doctor did break my water for me at 6 centimeters
- My underlying condition for POTS w/ hypotension is a small heart and mitral valve redundancy. This can be helped with exercise and may even dissapate my condition entirely over time and effort
- Every case is different when considering POTS, pregnancy, and/or delivery so do not use this entry as fact for yourself. You may use it as an inspirational story, theory, guide, etc...
-Always ask a doctor before you try anything new and don't be affraid to get second, third, or fourth opinions.


I hope this was helpful and good luck!

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by MyBabyLove2274, May 10, 2011
I just read my post. Sorry for all the typos, again this is from my phone. My baby did not have a cone head, that was supposed to say "come". Also my delivery took only 48 min and my labor was about 16-18 hours. If you have question you can post them here or message me and I'll respond as quickly as I can

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by EveNida, Jul 11, 2014
Hello, thank you for your great post. Were you able to keep your excersize up throughout pregnancy? Did your Dr. Let you eat a lot of salt?
Thanks! Eve

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