When I had my section back in 2013, I was ignorant to how serious a surgery it is considered. I thought to myself, its just a c-section. They do it every day. To be honest with you, I had done no in depth research about it prior to signing the consent forms in the hospital bed. The most I’ve done was binge watching “A Baby Story” on TLC (anyone else love that show?), connecting with other moms through “The Bump” App and a day by day pregnancy book (more like a large picture book that totally freaked me out towards the back of the book so I really just skimmed through it) my lovely sister gifted me, by request haha. I still have it to this day. Ahhhh, I love a good run on sentence!
Alhamdulillah I had a pretty easy pregnancy. First trimester, I had the usual nasea and sleepiness. There were no crazy cravings although I remember loving cheese. (This is pre-dairy-free me) I worked out a lot before getting pregnant so I tried to keep up with it throughout. So much so that one of the doctors literally put it on my paper work in my third trimester, no more zumba. Like what? Isn’t exercise good during pregnancy? Unless there was something they weren’t telling me, I don’t really remember the underlying reason for that order.
I was about 39 weeks pregnant when my doctor told me she wanted me to go to the hospital. My initial reaction was why, I feel fine! ..to which her response was, do you want to be pregnant forever?! No, I wasn’t offended. She was a cool doctor, always smiling, joking around and I felt comfortable around her. I had the mentality, doctors know best so I went. Long story short, they monitored me and gave me the option to stay if I chose to be induced to which I said no. That was Tuesday.
I had another doctors appointment the following Friday. They sent me back to the hospital. Same scenario. I went home. I was hungry and really wanted some fro-yo! Ha. You don’t really know what to expect or feel during your first pregnancy but that night after our fro-yo date, I felt so much pressure. Whaaaat? Walking? No. Waddle? Yes! I wanted to go back to the hospital. My water hadn’t broke yet and I don’t remember any real contractions but like I said, 1st pregnancy you don’t know what to expect. To me, it felt like her head was right there!
I was admitted Friday night. We were so excited! I got an epidural. I thought the less pain, the better. Going all natural to me was foreign. Maybe it was all the episodes from TLC I watched, but I just envisioned the whole bath tub at home scene. Now I am all about that natural, holistic-first approach, but then not so much. I was in labor all night until the next morning. My doctor was on call, but did not arrive until 8am Saturday. I was exhausted. She greeted me and told me that I had been dilated for so long, but there was no progress to my daughter coming down. She gave me the option to try pushing which I had no idea how to do. No one really coached me through it. After what felt like 10 minutes, they offered me a c-section which I agreed to. Sub han Allah. On top of the epidurals, I received a spinal tap. I remember shaking a bit and feeling nasea through the procedure, but no pain just some pressure. Alhamdulillah. My daughter was born around 8:30 weighing 8lbs 5 ounces and 21 inches long! They immediately cleaned her up, wrapped her and gave her to me for a bit. No skin to skin, or immediate nursing. Shortly after, they took her to the nursery. I told my husband to go with her. I didn’t want her to be alone with a bunch of strangers! Shoo. Though she was new to us too, I’d like to think our voices were familiar. After they stitched me back up, they took me to a recovery room where I waited to be reunited with my lil’ family. Ma sha Allah.
Arrest of descent was the reason for my c-section. Whether it could have been avoided or not, only Allah knows. Allah is the best of all planners and I am truly grateful for it all. Alhamdulillah! With today’s medicine and technology, c-sections are amazing procedures when necessary. It was a smooth pregnancy and delivery I would say. The C-Section recovery is a whole other story that I hope to share soon, in sha Allah!