Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Day -2 after c-section

In the morning, my catherter was removed and I had my breakfast. After that I made my first move and tried to get up from the bed on my own. It was very difficult as my legs were swollen as well because of oedema. With the help of my hubby, I got up from bed. I don't like hospital beds they are just so uncomfortable. Went to take my shower. Such a simple activity felt like a painful task at that time. But I felt good that I am forcing my body out of my comfort zone at that time.

After that I went for a bit of walk in the lounge, again forced myself to step outside comfort zone. After walking I didn't feel like climbing on bed again as lying down, changing positions were the most difficult tasks at that time. I was taking panadol,Endol, voltaren,iron, vitamin C tablets throughout the day. Endol is a narcotic drug in the same family as PVC. It was abating the pain.

Prisha was sleeping peacefully and touchwood, she was better at breastfeeding compared to Aarav.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 1 after C-Section

I didn't have much of sleep in night after the operation. Was feeling so tired. Epidural was wearing down, I had started to feel bit of pain. Nurse came and told me about PVC, whenever I feel pain just press the button to get PVC. It's not strong like epidural but it will help with the pain. When I looked at my abdomen I got really scared. It looked so loose and saggy. I could feel the movement of blood and could hear the sound of gases, because of no muscles. Uterus had started to contract and it was painful. I was able to wiggle my toes and was feeling bit of sensation in legs. To prevent blood clots, the nurse has tied some simulator belt on half legs which was helping in the circulation of bloods.

I looked at my angel and I felt that I was paying the price of getting my angel which I didn't regret. If the angel hasn't arrived the whole life I would have missed her presence.

The whole night, kunal was changing the diaper and cleaning the vomit of prisha. He didn't get any sleep as well. I love my hubby for being there always. When he is around, I feel less pain. Anyways, the whole day I was lying on bed only. Doctor came around 8 am and she told me that I have to start walking soon then only real healing will start. It will be very painful in beginning but I will start feeling better after that. Anaesthesist also came to check me after that and told me the same thing. When midwife came and asked me if I would like to walk, I told her let the PVC on till evening and after that remove the catherter and I could take a walk then.

The thought of taking a walk at that time was scary but I wanted to feel better so I waited till evening. Evening nurse came and she removed the PVC and started giving me painkillers orally. It was awfully painful. She didn't want to remove the catherter at that time as it was too late and if I couldn't walk she wasn't in a position to put it back again.

I was missing aarav so much, he came in evening and in beginning he was looking scared and was very quiet. I think, he didn't like watching me lying on the bed with drips inserted in my arms. we gave him buzz and told him that prisha had brought this gift for him. After sometime he started patting her and became alright. I missed him so much in last 24 hours and just wanted to hug him. When he left , I started missing him again so much.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bub's arrival

On 10th march, I started feeling contractions at an interval of 7-15 minutes which started around 8 pm. By 11 pm they got worse and I called up Calvary Birth suite and they asked me to come for a check up. On reaching there, the midwife started the CTG. Then she took my temperature and blood pressure and found everything to be normal. Then she told me she would need to an internal examination to check the status of Cervix. Thinking that I did it so many times in the previous pregnancy it might be easier this time. The moment she started doing it , I started screaming. Gosh, it was so painful. I held kunals hand and started crying. I told her last time they had given me gas and it was bit comfortable. Anyways, Cervix was closed so nothing could be done and we came back home.

11th march:
I didn't feel much of pain during morning hours but again the contractions started during night. It was more painful than the previous night. I was scared to go to hospital because of the internal checkup. Somehow I spent the night in pain.

12th march:
Contractions became more intense, I called up midwife at calvary and she asked me to come over. We dropped Aarav at childcare and we went straight to the hospital. The midwife took us to the birthsuite and she started doing CTG and called up my obstetrician Dr. Rosy Ahuja. It was 10:30 am. My mucous plug had started discharging. Rosy came at 12:30 , gave me gas and did the internal checkup. Because of the gas I started to feel dizzy. Cervix was 3 cm dilated, she broke water. After some time anaethesist Monica came and she gave me epidural. Epidural at that time felt like the best possible thing on the world. After that they started antibiotics, and the labour inducing hormone in drips. It felt so relaxing after 2 painful nights. I took some sleep. At 5:30 Rosy came again and she found that cervix was 10cm dilated, she told me not to take more epidural and to start pushing in an hour. Aftern an hour when contraction got more intense I started pushing. Somehow I wasn't feeling the same pressue which I had felt during Aarav's time. Anyways, I continued pushing for an hour. Rosy came after an hour and she found that baby is no where close to cervix and had changed its position. She also mentioned that baby had developed some bumps on the head. She said C-section was the best option at that time. I started to cry hearing that. Anyways, they prepared me for the surgery and took me to the theatre and I think around 8, the operation finally started. I was so thirsty but I wasn't allowed to take even a sip as you are not supposed to eat or drink before surgery. Another anaesthesist came and he gave me a stronger dose of epidural. After that I shivered for next 2-3 hours continuously and felt very pukish. He kept on giving me some intravenous injections to help me with nausea. Kunal joined after some time. Though I was conscious but I wasn't fully aware of what was happening around. I was feeling very nervous and scared. I was just praying that God please keep my bub safe. Finally at 8:37 I heard the first cry of my baby and I became happy mom of my darling prisha. I remember seeing a glimpse of her over the screen. After some time, Kunal brought her to me and I couldn't believe that my angel has arrived finally. But by that time I had started to feel very weird. I started to feel oh God what's happening, it just doesnt feel alright. After taking out placenta, the doctor had started to stitch me but she had a tough time doing that because I didn't have muscles. In the process I lost blood as well. Loss of blood started to make me feel more giddy. The anaesthesist was really good, he kept on coming to me and offered verbal support that I am doing good and it will be over in 15 minutes. I think, it finally stopped by 9:50 pm. I was taken to recovery room. Where they monitored my blood pressure. I had started to feel very cold by then. I stayed there for some time and then was taken to my room. I was lying like a vegetable and the ward boy was shifting me from one stretcher to another. At that time nothing mattered, I just wanted to see my baby and hubby.

The ordeal ended and I entered my room where kunal was sitting holding prisha. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Week 39 of pregnancy

The average baby is about 51 centimetres long from head to toe and weighs approximately 3.4 kilograms at birth, but anywhere between 2.5 and 3.8 kilograms is a healthy range for newborns. 

Your amniotic fluid, once clear, is now pale and milky from your baby's shedding vernix caseosa. The outer layers of skin are also sloughing off as new skin forms underneath. 

 Membranes rupture in less than 15 per cent of pregnancies and when it does happen, the baby's head tends to act like a cork at the opening of the uterus. (If you lie down, however, you may notice fluid leaking.) You should stay calm -- it may be hours before you feel your first contraction -- and call your doctor or midwife right away. Your body will produce more amniotic fluid until the baby is born, so your carers may suggest you wait at home until contractions are under way or may suggest an induction.

Last night I was getting too much of braxton hicks, felt bit of cram as well in lower abdomen. Bub is moving alright, she is exerting too much of pressure in pelvis. I wanted to spend the last days with my hubby but he has become so busy now. I feel really bad seeing him this busy. But at the same time I am feeling very alone without him. Missing my mom dad a lot as well. Just feel like lying down in her lap.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Feelings before the D-day

Everyday I think is today the day :) Had this feeling during Aarav's time as well. Had a false alarm on saturday when suddenly i felt that I am leaking water but I didn't feel any labor like contraction. Called up birth suite at calvary and they said that it could be just a discharge. And it turned out to be that only. Getting cravings to eat my favorite things like paobhaji, sabudana bada, gratin toast. Waiting for my trip to parents house and then I will pour down all my wishes to my mom :) Right now my in-laws are helping me out with housechores which is a real help.

As the day is coming closer , so is my fear of post delivery period increasing. I just hope I don't have the same physical and emotional experience which I had during Aarav's time for 3 months. Regarding physical, I feel that it's going to get worse as the pain in my belly button is increasing day by day. Regarding emotional too I don't know what's going to happen this time. I just hope it's better this time. It's very important to be physically fit and be able to do things on your own, so that you don't become a burden on others. I have realised one thing, when you are in pain physically, bit of emotional comfort alleviates ur physical pain but emotional pain just doubles your physical pain. The biggest problem with me is that if I am not well I just keep quite and then no one understands what I am going through. No one wants to be sick.

Hubby can't be always with me as he has to work as well. His touch heals me the same way as my mom's touch. I love him so much. I just hope that I recover well this time.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Baby is half way down!

I went to see my obstetrician this morning and she told me that baby is half way down, which is a good sign. My bowel movement has increased since morning and feeling too much of pressure in pelvis. If anything happens on the weekend it will be good as my doctor is on call so she will be there for my delivery. Still have to finish my maternity bag packing. Feel happy that we had celebrated Aarav's birthday on time. My birthday is on 6th march and my hubby's is on 15th march, it will be interesting to see which day baby decides to arrive :)

Braxton hicks have increased a lot in last 2 days and at times I just start to feel giddy when that happens. Doc said it's normal , I just need to count baby's movement now. If she doesn't move for 2-3 hours even after stimulation then need to call up hospital. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Week 38 of pregnancy

Baby is now ready to greet the world. At this stage, your baby is still building a layer of fat to help her control her body temperature after she's born. All your baby's organs are well developed, though her lungs will be the last to reach full maturity. 

From this week onwards, the amount of amniotic fluid in your uterus gradually starts to decrease, although your body will continue to make fluid until your baby's born.

I went to see my obstetrician on 22nd feb and she said that baby's head is still floating. Uterus is still up because of the weak muscles. Have to wait till end to find out whether I will be having a normal or c-section.
Last few days have been quite busy as I am trying to finish up most of the pending work ( paper, housechore) before I go into hibernation for 3 months. I have registered with CellCareAustralia for cord blood and cord tissue banking. It's still controversial how useful its going to be. But I believe being parent we should do the best for our kids. The way cancer rate is climbing up, I don't see any harm in taking this step. The good think about the banking is that if the need arises the same cord blood can be used for the other sibling. For last few days, pain in belly button had increased which got me very worried. I didn't have a good experience with my first post natal period. The increasing pain in belly button means that with the other pain I have to bear this one as well this time. I wish I could fast forward this recovery period.

2 weeks more for my angel to arrive. I am waiting for the moment when she will open her eyes for the first time and will look at me and her daddy. I am waiting to see Aarav's reaction. I am hoping that he will get used to her soon. He is turning 3 on 28th feburary. I still have to finish packing my maternity bag.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Week 37 of pregnancy

Baby weighs close to 2.8 kilograms and may be about 50 centimetres long from head to toe. Your baby's head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity -- surrounded and protected by your pelvic bones. This position clears some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks. 

Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks maybe around 2.5 centimetres long. But don't be surprised if her hair isn't the same colour as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes taken aback when their children are born with bright red or blond hair, and fair-haired couples likewise can produce babies with dark hair. And then, of course, some babies don't have any hair at all. 

Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the whitish substance that also covers her. Your baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels. These will become your infant's first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium.

I went to see my obstetrician on 15th feb and she told me that baby's head is still floating. If it doesn't engage by the end then we might have to do C-Section. It doesn't sound good as I already got umbilical hernia and if it doesn't get fixed by exercise then that would mean I would be getting operated for it again. It's such an amazing feeling when ponyo/enyo stretches her body parts and I feel her tiny feet, hands, bum, face . Though it get's bit uncomfortable at night but I am enjoying it. I will be seeing obstetrician again on 22nd feb. For last 3 days my belly button has started to pain.

Aarav's bday party and baby shower was a success. Everyone enjoyed it and Aarav loved his inflatable dinasours. Got many pink dresses for Ponyo :)

Week 36 of pregnancy!

Baby is still gaining weight -- about 28 grams a day. She weighs around 2.7 kilograms and is 45 centimetres long from head to toe. 

You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little -- breathing and eating should become easier. However, walking may become increasingly uncomfortable -- some women say it feels as if the baby is going to fall out. Also, you may still feel as if you need to go to the loo all the time. 

The good news is that by the end of this week, your pregnancy will be full-term and you could give birth any day now. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term -- a baby born before 37 weeks is premature and after 42 is post-term.) At your weekly visit, your doctor or midwife may check to see if you've started dilating (when the cervix opens) and effacing (when the cervix thins). The midwife will also check what position the baby is in, in order to estimate how far the baby has dropped into the pelvis. This information will be entered into your maternity notes so that your midwife in will know the position of the baby when you go into labour.

Feels like baby has moved down as I feel too much of pressure in pelvis. Not sure if she has engaged as I got very weak muscles so it's quite possible that she will float till the end. On 16th february, we are having my baby shower and Aarav's 3rd bday party. His birthday is on 28th feb but we doing it early as 28th might get too close to due date. I have selected Dinasour as his bday theme, have ordered all party supplies, got his dino t-shirt, his bday cake is also in shape of dinasour. Feel so excited. I haven't prepared my maternity bag. Most probably will do it after 16th. My in-laws have come to help us during the delivery and it feels nice to have them around. Specially, we don't need to worry about Aarav a lot as someone is here to look after him.

Monday, February 11, 2013

35 weeks of pregnancy

Baby now weighs about 5.25 pounds/ 2.4 kilograms and measures approximately 18 inches/ 45 centimetres from head to toe. His elbow, foot or head may protrude from your stomach when he stretches and squirms about. Soon, as the wall of your uterus and your abdomen stretch thinner and let in more light, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles. 

This week, your little one is now sporting fingernails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys. His liver can also process some waste products. 

There's much less amniotic fluid and much more baby in your uterus, which has expanded to a thousand times its original size. You've probably put on between 25 and 30 pounds/ 11 and 13.6 kilograms and your weight gain has hit its peak. Even your belly button has got bigger and has popped outward. You may be feeling breathless now that the top of your uterus is up under your ribs. Try getting down on all fours to take deeper breaths. Although the pressure on your bladder will make the bathroom your second home, don't drink any less water -- your baby needs the fluids. But you may like to cut down on diuretic drinks like tea and coffee, which will make you have to urinate even more often.

Day by day it's becoming very tiring. It feels amazing when ponyo protrudes her body parts out. Just in couple of weeks she will be out in my arms. I feel excited the same way I used to feel during Aarav's time. No matter, you are first or second time mom, every pregnancy makes you feel more happy.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Week 34 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.


I went to see my obstetrician on tuesday(29th jan 2013) and we saw the baby happily kicking around. Her head has gone down but she hasn't engaged yet. Doc said as my muscles are very weak she might engage during the very last moment.
6 weeks more to go and my bundle of joy will be in my hands. Though I am excited about bub's arrival, somewhere I feel nervous about post natal recovery period. With muscles being so weak, it's going to be a tough time for me. My mom had an fracture in her left hand few weeks back and she got operated 3 days back. Hopefully in couple of weeks she will be fine. I miss my parents a lot, I really wish they were here to provide me emotional support.  My in-laws will be here soon , so that's some relief. Aarav will have someone to look after him when I will be in hospital. Don't know how will I stay without him in hospital. He sleeps with us during night and we both have become so much used to of it. I hope when bub arrives, he doesn't feel neglected.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Week 33 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs about 2 kilograms and measures approximately 44 centimetres from head to toe. Your baby should already be getting ready for delivery by turning upside-down -- his head should be pointing down. 

Your doctor or midwife will be paying careful attention to your baby's position in the coming weeks -- some babies do decide to turn back round again. 

Your baby's skull is still quite pliable and not completely joined, in part so he can ease out of the relatively narrow birth canal. But the bones in the rest of his body are hardening. Your baby's skin is also gradually becoming less red and wrinkled. 

If you're a first-time mother, your child's head may move into the pelvis this week and press firmly against your cervix. (This happens for about half of all first-time mothers.) If you're a second-time mum, you can expect this to happen a week before labour -- and for some this won't happen until the start of labour

You may notice that your feet and ankles are quite swollen by the end of the day. Water retention, also known as oedema, is often worse in warm weather and late in the day. Surprisingly, keeping hydrated helps reduce water retention. Your body -- particularly your kidneys -- and your baby need plenty of fluids, so drink up. If you suddenly feel swollen or puffy in your hands or face, however, call your doctor -- it may be a sign of pre-eclampsia

7 weeks more to go. For last 2 days, I have started feeling too much of pressure in my pelvis. Seems like, bub has moved down. I am seeing my obstetrician on next tuesday. I have to prepare my maternity bag now.
Ponyo's movement have decreased but she is awake during night time. Still not getting much of sleep. During day time, I feel very tired but by evening I feel bit energetic. I have to plan out Aarav's 3rd birthday and baby shower for next month.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Week 32 of pregnancy

Baby now weighs approximately 3.75 pounds/ 1.7 kilograms and is about 17 inches / 42 centimetres long from head to toe. Although his lungs won't be fully developed until just before birth, your little one is inhaling amniotic fluid to exercise his lungs and practise breathing. 

Some babies have a head of hair already, others have only a few wisps. Thick hair at birth doesn't necessarily mean thick hair later on but children with fine hair in childhood usually have thinner hair in adulthood. 

If your baby is a boy, his testicles should be descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes however, one or both testicles won't move into position until after birth. In two-thirds of all baby boys who have undescended testicles at birth, the condition corrects itself by the boy's first birthday. 

You're probably gaining a pound/ 450 grams a week, largely because your baby is likely to gain more than half his birthweight during the seven weeks before delivery. Make sure you are eating well in these last few weeks.

Feel so relaxed now as Monday was my last working day. For last 2 days, touchwood, I am able to sleep little bit and don't feel very tired. Saw my obstetrician last week and we heard ponyo's heart beats. What an amazing feeling to have two hearts beating in one body. My in-laws will be coming here end of january, that's   bit of relief.  It will be nice to spend some time with them before bub comes out. Aarav's new child care is starting from 29th jan which is bit closer to where we live, so that's a relief as well. In the next few weeks, I have to finish lots of pending house work. Feel really good now that I don't have to worry about going to work for a year:)

Week 31 of pregnancy

Baby's arms, legs and body continue to fill out -- and they are finally proportional in size to her head. She weighs about 1.5 kilograms and looks more like a newborn. She measures about 41 centimetres from crown to toe. 

You may notice your baby isn't moving around as much. Don't worry; she's just running out of space in your uterus. As long as you can feel her squirming, you'll know she's just fine. Believe it or not, she still has plenty of growing to do. You can expect her to gain at least 900 grams more before delivery. 

Your baby's organs are continuing to mature and she is passing water from her bladder: good practice for the urinating she'll do after she's born. Soon you can wonder what your baby is wishing for -- brain scans have shown that fetuses have periods of dream sleep around month eight. 

You've probably gained around 1.5 kilograms this month. Gaining 450 grams a week is quite normal during the last trimester as your baby has a final growth spurt before birth.

It has become very tiring now. For last few days , I have started getting mild pain around belly button which gets worse when I do little bit of exertion. My maternity leave is supposed to start from 28th jan but looks like I will be taking early leave. Seeing my obstetrician on thursday. I am not able to sleep now during nights because of heart burn . Ponyo gets very active during night time. when she goes to sleep, i too get some sleep :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pain in Belly Button

Since yesterday, I am experiencing pain around my belly button. The pain increases when ponyo starts to move. I just hope that it's not because of umbilical hernia and even if it is, it doesn't worsen in coming days. I am hoping that once bub comes out, with exercise it will become alright. Feeling bit low as well. My hubby is so caring and supportive and I really feel bad that I am not able to help him much with his busy schedule. He is busy with his things and on top of that when he has to do things for me, I feel very bad. Really, it's very important to stay healthy so that you don't become dependent on others for your needs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Week 30 of pregnancy.

Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. While your baby may soon slow up growing in length, (he measures about 40 centimetres from crown to toe by now), he will continue to gain weight until he's born. 

This week your baby continues to open and shut his eyes. He can probably see what's going on in utero, distinguish light from dark and even track a light source. If you shine a light on your stomach, your baby may move his head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow. Some researchers think baring your stomach to light stimulates visual development. But don't expect 20/20 vision when your baby is born -- newborns can see a distance of only about 20 to 30 centimetres. (Children with normal vision don't reach 20/20 vision until about age 7 to 9.) To complete the picture, your baby now has eyebrows and eyelashes. 

Around a litre of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby but that volume decreases as he gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and the baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air; it's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. At about 34 weeks (or just before delivery, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will move down into your pelvis as the baby gets into the right position for birth. That will make breathing and eating a lot easier.

Wow, finally completed 30 weeks today, 10 more to go. Office is opening from tomorrow, it's going to be challenge now going to work with the grown tummy and braxton hicks starting now and then. Last one week has been very tiring. Had 3-4 sleepless nights. 3 more weeks to go before maternity leave start. It' first day of new year, can't believe that ponyo will be in my arms in 2 months of time.

Week 29 of pregnancy

Your baby now weighs around 1.1 kilograms and measures about 38 centimetres from head to toe. In boys, testicles descend from near the kidneys through the groin en route to the scrotum. In girls, the clitoris is relatively prominent because it's not yet covered by the still-small labia. These will grow to cover it in the last few weeks before birth. 

Your baby's head is getting bigger, and brain growth is very rapid at this time. Nearly all babies react to sound by 30 weeks. 

Your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during the third trimester. You'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acidiron, and calcium (about 200 milligrams is deposited in your baby's skeleton every day), so eat foods rich in these nutrients. The skeleton hardens even more and the brain, muscles, and lungs continue to mature.

It has become very exhausting now. Finding it really difficult to cook something and eat. Though a week break has started but now it's going to  very tiring with Aarav at home. At times I feel very low and at times I feel fine. No one can understand these feelings. Find it very frustrating at times when I get the craving to eat something but find it too tiring to cook.

Week 28 of pregnancy

Bub can now open her eyes and will turn her head towards the source of a continuous bright light. Her fingernails are budding, and fat layers are beginning to form as she gets ready for life outside your uterus (womb). 

If you like the thought of interacting with your baby while she's still inside you, then singing and reading to her is a good way to do it. The nerve pathways to your baby's ears are complete now. Don't worry if you feel uncomfortable communicating with your baby in this way. It's not for everyone, and your baby already hears everything you say anyway.

It feels great to be in last trimester. Ponyo has started taking her small body parts out::) Looking forward to xmas break of 1 week which will start in 1 week of time.