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Alya is here!

Whew! This has been an experience!

I'll start with the day before labor

I felt off, all day. I had low energy, was pretty grouchy, and just could not bring myself to do much. I had a little bit of tummy cramps and a little bit of a headache. I told my fiance that I thought I wasn't going to make it to another week. My due date was July 15th.

Onto labor!

I went into labor at 9:45PM on July 4th. I woke up to contractions every seven minutes, lasting for about 30 seconds. I finally understood what all of the moms meant by "You just know the difference between when it's real and when it's not." I had this sense of calm over me, and it felt like my body was just telling me that it was time. I timed them out over the course of about an hour, until they were lasting 40 seconds and coming every 6 minutes. I woke up Ryder, and we had to then search for the car keys for about 30 minutes. By now, the contractions were getting pretty strong, at least I thought they were.
We get to the hospital when my contractions are about 5.5 minutes apart and lasting for about 45 seconds. I get up to labor and delivery, get checked and am at 4 centimeters dilated. They tell me that they're keeping me. Once I'm dilated to about a six, I start on fentanyl to help with the pain. I take another dose every hour until it's time to push. I seem to stall a little bit at 8 centimeters, and we break my water. The contractions intensify. I finally get to 10 centimeters and it's time to push. I was in labor for 20 hours total.
Once it's time to start pushing, I start to feel off. I'm pushing with the contractions, but she's just not staying down. She goes back up every time the contraction is over. I keep telling the nurses that I can't do it, they need to do a c-section, I can't handle it. After two hours of pushing, I notice that I cannot see. It's pitch black. I tell my nurses that I cannot see, and I can tell that they and my fiance both think I'm exaggerating. I remember thinking that my left hand was shaking, and trying to make it stop. That's the last thing I remember.
My fiance said I was foaming at the mouth, and in a full blown seizure. I was rushed to the operating room for an emergency c-section. I had an eclamptic seizure, with no signs of preeclampsia. I am lucky to be alive, with no signs of brain damage. I was kept in the hospital for four days, before I told them I had to leave to be with my baby. It took me a couple days to get up and walking, and even now, eight days postpartum, it's still difficult to get up and down. Alya was rushed to the NICU at a great hospital an hour away.

The Truth About Postpartum Time!

I'm not going to spare you any details, because really, you need to be prepared!
Postpartum Bleeding

Bleeding postpartum is going to happen whether you have a c-section, or a vaginal birth. For me, I had no preference for either the mesh panties that the hospital gives you or the adult underwear I bought. Either way, my main concern is making sure the panties or underwear do not irritate my scar.

Moving after a C-Section

Now, I like to think I have a high pain tolerance, but goodness. It really hurts to move right after a c-section. I recommend taking whatever pain relief you can to help you get moving. The more you move, the stronger you get, the less it hurts. Don't overdo it though, be aware of your body. If it's tired or in severe pain, rest.

Going to the bathroom after a C-Section

One word: Laxatives. They're going to help with your first few bowel movements. Peeing, at least after a c-section, I've found doesn't hurt too bad.

Breastfeeding/Pumping

I was wanting to breastfeed Alya, but since she was taken to another hospital, she was introduced a bottle. I'm working with her now to try to move to breastfeeding, but she's very stubborn and likes breastmilk from a bottle. We use slow-flow nipples to try to help guide her back to the breast.

So that was my experience with labor and delivery, postpartum, and breastfeeding. I'll probably make a couple of more posts focusing specifically on some of the topics I've mentioned today. Good luck!

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First and Second Trimesters

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My first and second trimesters were easy thus far, I'm about a week away from my third trimester.

My first trimester was easy compared to everything I was reading. I was genuinely tired, and could not keep my workout routine going. I got lightheaded even walking on the treadmill! I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks and 5 days pregnant. We had our first ultrasound then as well!

My second trimester isn't so bad, so far. I feel like a beached whale sometimes, have the worst heartburn of my life, and cannot get comfortable on any side except my left. I've gotten my energy back and have been able to go to the gym twice a week. I eat like crazy, and am feeling pretty dang good overall. Although, as I get closer to the third trimester I'm starting to feel drained again.

I've heard Alya's heartbeat, felt her kicking and seen her on 3D ultrasound. I am currently stuck in the predicament of wanting her out now for cuddles and wanting to keep her in for the remainder of her lease. Her heartbeat has stayed steady around 150bpm. Our 3D ultrasounds was so cool! We were able to guess who's nose she had, who's lips she had, and who she looked most like. She has my nose, her dad's lips, and mostly looks like me from the side.

I've felt all sorts of movement; rolls, kicks, and swipes. They started around 14 weeks. She's put her feet in one side and pushed on the other with her head. I can see her movements from outside, and Ryder has felt her a few times. She tends to stop moving when I try to get him to feel, she's very stubborn! She's starting to come around though!