Pregnancy: How It Affected Me
Like many women, my biggest desire has been to be a mother. In September of 2003 I had a miscarriage and ever since then I have been trying to have a child, six years in total. I tried everything that I was told would help. I even purchased an Ovuscope. It’s a little microscope that you spit on to tell you if you are ovulating or not. I even prayed everyday for it but nothing I did seemed to help. I finally just gave up. I thought that maybe I just couldn’t have kids.
It was the beginning of June 2009 that I thought I was pregnant so I took an in home pregnancy test. It was positive! I couldn’t believe it so I took another one, and three more after that. They were all positive. I made a doctor’s appointment and a few days later my boyfriend and I went and found out that I was just six weeks pregnant. I started doing everything differently. I didn’t want to risk another miscarriage. I didn’t at that time how much pregnancy would change me in so many different ways.
Pregnancy may affect other women differently than the way it affected me. Studies show that it affects everyone differently. Some women experience morning sickness. It can happen at any time of the day, not just in the morning. It’s just a nauseated feeling usually accompanied by vomiting. I didn’t experience any morning sickness at all. What I did experience was fatigue. Again, not all women experience this but I did. Being pregnant just takes so much from you. Sometimes I could have slept all day. I got hungry a lot more often, of course. Some women have these weird cravings like pickles and peanut butter. I didn’t have any weird cravings other than just food in general. Parts of my body that had never hurt before started hurting. My pelvic bone was one of them. If you have ever been hit in the pelvic bone then you might know what it felt like at times. It got hard to sleep at night because of the pain in my hips. Of course my figure changed. I gained a total of fifty pounds in my nine months of pregnancy.
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My body isn’t the only thing that changed. My emotions were affected as well. I was happy most of the time but I had my days. Pregnancy changes the balance of your hormones so it was normal to have mood swings. There were some days I was so sensitive that I would cry at the drop of a hat. I had days that I was really irritable. I would go to work and things would bother me that didn’t normally. Things like a customer asking what aisle to find something in or a co worker asking me to help them out. I just couldn’t stand to be around most people on days like that. I never lost my good attitude though. No one ever knew that I was feeling this way. Most days I was just the same old me. I was always happy and smiling.
Finally that day was here. The day I was going to finally meet my little girl face to face. It was January 29th, 2010. My fiancé and I went to the hospital around 7:00pm that night. I was having pretty good contractions, every five minutes or so. I was dilated to about three centimeters and was about fifty percent thinned. That means my cervix was only half way thinned out and I still had a ways to go. The nurses kept checking me about every two to three hours. The next morning around 8:30am the nurses came in and checked me. They said that I had only progressed to about three and a half inches and about seventy five percent thinned. I chose not to have anything for pain because I wanted to try my best to have this baby all natural. My doctor decided to give me patosum, a drug used to make you dilate a lot quicker. If anyone has the choice I do not recommend getting induced because this drug makes it so much more painful. An hour later they came in to check me before they gave me an epideral and discovered that my baby was breech. That means she was coming out butt first instead of head first. This was making me be in so much more pain than normal. They rushed me over to the operating room and tried to give me a spinal to numb my lower body. The anestesiologist couldn’t get the needle between my vertebrae so he had to put me to sleep. This meant that no one could be in the room with me for the birth of my child, not even my fiancé. This made him upset because he really wanted to be in the room with me for her birth.
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They did the cesarean and Caydance Marie Funk had finally arrived at 10:36am January 30th, 2010. I didn’t get to see her until about an hour after she was born because they had to close my incisions and clean us both up. I had thirty four staples and couldn’t get out of bed that entire day. She was perfectly fine and absolutely beautiful so it was all worth it. We got to go home that following Monday. They put me on bed rest for two weeks but that’s kind of hard to do with a new baby. Any new mother would agree with me I’m sure. A week later I got my staples taken out. For the most part I was healed it was still just a little uncomfortable.
After six years, a million prayers, lost hope, and finally giving up I finally got my heart’s desire. I just had to let go and realize that it wasn’t up to me. I would have a baby when God thought the time was right and not any sooner. Now I have the most beautiful baby girl and I would willingly go through it all again because she was well worth the wait. So, to anyone out there who just wishes to be a mommy and feels like it will never happen. Take it from someone who has been through the same thing. Don’t give up and keep praying, when the time is right it will happen.
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