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Pregnancy After Inversion: Birth Story for Baby #2

Baby RT is here!  He joined us December 11th via c-section and is perfect – all 9 lbs 2 oz of him (big baby!!!!).  It was very odd going into surgery in a planned fashion but nice being able to stay conscious through the whole thing.  That’s more than I could say for my first birth.

In many ways, this birth experience became the “Part 2” to my first birth experience.  I lucked out and pretty much had everyone (doctors, nurses) that I’d had when I delivered CJ and had surgery immediately following.  Considering CJ was born in Feb 2011 – that is pretty impressive!  It was great to have so many people involved who knew exactly how terrifying things briefly got after I delivered CJ and were very invested in a more pleasant birth experience this time.

Planning a c-section this time was the best decision I could have made.  All along, my OB felt very strongly that something wasn’t right about my uterus.  It was too malleable during the correction surgery, and he’d had other inversion patients to compare me to, so I put a lot of stock in his opinion.  This is a big part of why I wanted him doing my c-section, he knew my uterus and how it was unpredictable.

His instincts proved to be right.  During the c-section, while allowing the placenta to detach after delivering my son, the placenta once again tried to pull my uterus with it.  Thankfully, since we were already in a surgical situation, it was just a matter of manually placing my uterus back and manually separated the placenta.  The implications of this, though, being that had I attempted another vaginal delivery, I likely would have had another inversion (especially with a 9 lbs+ baby).

My recovery this time has been SO MUCH easier as a result of the c-section and, an added bonus, my doctor cleaned up my scar.  My incision from the first surgery was a vertical one, so they used the same incision line in order to prevent extra scarring and make things neater.  After 2 weeks, it already looks significantly better than last time.  I am already off of the pain meds and moving around really well, which was not something I would have even considered at this point after my first birth.

We did opt to have my tubes tied during the c-section (yet another bonus to going the planned c-section route).  I’m very content with our 2 healthy boys and, knowing that my uterus misbehaved during both births, I’m not wanting to have another situation where we play the guessing game off “Will my uterus try to jump ship again?”

I’m hoping to do a post comparing my new scar with my old one.  We are still adjusting to life with 2 kids and just trying to sleep on a regular basis at the moment – but I’ll get back to posting updates when I can!

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Pregnancy After Inversion: Touring the Hospital

We took CJ with us to tour the hospital this weekend in order to help him prepare for becoming a big brother and re-acquaint ourselves with everything again.  I think (well, I know) my husband was nervous about being back there and potentially having some sort of panic attack with remembering everything that happened.  I was more worried about any changes that had been made since I was there last time, mainly because I had a really wonderful experience with the nurses and staff and hoped they hadn’t changed how they handle everything with patients.

What we didn’t expect was the opportunity to offer reassurance to another family on the tour.  Another mom on the tour had Pre-E with her first child and, as a result of how things went the first time, she’d switched her practice and hospital.  We actually pulled them aside after the tour and said: Hey, not to be too personal, but here is what happened to me when I delivered and here is how well everything was handled.  I’m glad we met this family, it gave my husband and I a chance to remind ourselves of what a great experience with had with the hospital itself, knowing that they had made the best of a really scary situation was great peace of mind.

The tour, overall, was identical to the tour that I’d had when I was expecting CJ.  CJ did seem to get a little overwhelmed when seeing the baby nursery, which is completely understandable.  He will be 3 in February, so he is still trying to make sense of everything.

We also ran into one of my original nurses – it was actually the “old school” nurse who started my induction with CJ and then hugged me after originally hearing that I’d had a uterine inversion.  It was nice getting to see her again and she was telling our tour about how they are trying some of the “new” techniques with babies during c-sections, including skin to skin time with mom ASAP, which I’d been really hoping would happen.  My main reservation about having a c-section all along had been missing early bonding time with my baby again, since I’d missed that when CJ was born due to the inversion and surgery.

The tour was one of the last “to do’s” on our list, so now we are just tying up loose ends in preparation of Baby RT’s arrival!  I’m definitely ready to meet this little guy :).

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Pregnancy After Inversion: 35 Week Update

35 Weeks!  The end is so close and, yet, feels so far away.  I’m large, uncomfortable, and questioning the physical capacity of my belly vs. baby.  My 32 week ultrasound looked great.  Baby is growing about 10 days ahead of schedule and fluid levels are good.

I’m pretty certain I will wind up in labor before my scheduled c-section date.  Apparently, all pregnant chicks in their 3rd trimesters say that, so I guess we will have to wait and see.  Baby has already dropped though, which is earlier than CJ did.  The OBs don’t seem too worried about me going into labor earlier as far as potential risks from the inversion last time.  It will just be a matter of me getting to the hospital and them deciding when to go ahead and complete the c-section.

I’m definitely feeling “ready” to not be pregnant anymore.  I know the craziness that will come with having a newborn is exhausting, but I forgot how tiring the last month of pregnancy is too!  Oh, the things we forget :).

35 Week Belly Pic (plus a really cute photo-bomber):

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Pregnancy After Inversion: 30 Week Update

Wow, I managed to get a little sidelined with posting pregnancy updates!  Before I get rolling into what’s going on at 30 weeks, I want to hit on a few “milestones” that I’ve missed updating on.

20 Weeks: We had our anatomy scan and everything looked great!  So happy to see healthy lungs, belly, brain, bones, and all of that stuff they check (most of which I don’t know what we are looking at).  My fluid levels and cervix looked great too.  We are excited that we are having another boy – definitely makes prepping for baby much easier since we already have everything we need.

28 Weeks: Since my fluid levels dropped dangerously low with Little CJ, we are going to play it safe with Baby #2 and do ultrasounds every 4 weeks from 28 weeks to 36 weeks.  At 36 weeks, we are going to see if that needs to be upped to a weekly ultrasound or not.  The 28 week ultrasound went perfectly!  Plenty of fluid, healthy looking little guy, and enjoying a “normal” pregnancy so far.  Baby is already over 3 lbs so far (eek!).  It’s good to hear that everything is looking normal, though it still gives me pause since everything with CJ was normal up until this point as well too.

28 Week Ultrasound Pic:

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30 Weeks:  Now we are caught up!  I’m really happy to be in the “30s” for weeks, because I know every day just adds on to the chances that our little guy, whose name initials will be “RT”, will be healthy.  I’ve really been feeling the aches and pains of the third trimester though.  I know I look a lot bigger this time too.  I’m getting a lot of “Wow, you must be due SOON!” comments and I can tell that my belly is sticking out a lot more than it did with CJ.  I know that it is from my ligaments being stretched to the max with the inversion and just general “it’s a second pregnancy and everything is looser” things.  I’ve had to be careful with my tailbone too, which I know is a common third trimester complaint for all women.

I am starting to wonder if scheduling a c-section at 39 weeks is futile, because I really wonder if RT will try to come earlier.  Of course, I’m wondering this as 2 of my friends just delivered their little boys 2-3 weeks early.  This is the hardest part with the unpredictability of child-birth for me.  I like having everything “planned” as best I can and, especially since we are working against complications from the last pregnancy, I really want to mitigate against any risks.

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Pregnancy After Inversion: Week 14

I’m a bit overdue on an update, but it’s all good reasons.  My 12 week ultrasound went great – Baby #2 is looking great and healthy.  We’ve been busy with all of what summertime usually has in store (meaning, crazy weekends).

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My next appointment is for my 16 week check up and then, after that, is the anatomy scan!  All exciting stuff.

I’m still bigger than I was with Baby CJ, but, thankfully the weight gain has plateaued for a few weeks.  At least we are “out” now with this pregnancy, so it is less awkward when people guess that I’m expecting again.  I’m still having a lot of pulling and tugging pains and aches, but nothing more alarming than that and no more light spotting either.

Hopefully, I’m moving on to a happy 2nd trimester and will enjoy it!

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Pregnancy After Inversion: Week 11

I’m “officially” in week 11 this week and this week has been all about watching for blood.  I haven’t had any bad bleeding or cramping, but I have had some very light bleeding twice this week.  Due to having experienced a chemical pregnancy back in February, I know what the “bad” cramping and bleeding feels like.  None the less, it is highly alarming to see blood when you shouldn’t see blood, and worse, when it is red instead of brown (red=bad, brown=old, less worrisome).

Thankfully, the on call doctor was incredibly optimistic when she realized that I’d already had a great ultrasound at 9 weeks.  Apparently, after having a good early ultrasound, the likelihood of continuing a healthy pregnancy, regardless of spotting, is 90% or something.  Reason #3948347 why I love my OB practice, they give me data and facts and clear answers with every question or concern I have.  Given all of this, I decided to not rush into the office for a check up, especially since my next appointment is on Tuesday.  There is nothing that could be done to “save” the pregnancy if there is a major problem at this point, so we are waiting as long as I’m feeling good (and the light bleeding was very brief and has stopped).

Truthfully, I’m having an easier time not over-stressing this pregnancy.  I think it’s because I know that there is nothing that extra worrying will prevent or save.  I also feel like I have a better grasp on the difference between serious problems vs. problems that involve easy fixes.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue with that attitude as the pregnancy progresses, and as things continue to go well.  Now… I need to figure out a way to carry that attitude into all aspects of my life.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr

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Pregnancy After Inversion: Week 10

I knew that subsequent pregnancies tended to result in “showing” sooner than first pregnancies.  However, I was not prepared for just how fast that would happen post-inversion.  My doctor explains it well by saying, during the inversion, all of my ligaments were stretched to the max and way more than the average woman encounters.  It completely makes sense, and did result in many twinges and pulling pains much sooner this pregnancy as well (round ligament pains weren’t even on my radar until about week 16 with my first).

The other “fun” result of showing earlier is the awkward, “OMG, Congrats!  I didn’t know you were expecting” comments from people whom we aren’t ready to tell yet.  This actually first happened on Mother’s Day, the day before my first ultrasound.  Needless to say, I was caught off guard and nervous because I still hadn’t had a chance to see baby with my own eyes for my own peace of mind.

Thankfully, we had a great ultrasound, so if it comes up now, I just go ahead and tell people what’s going on – though we still aren’t “out” on Facebook yet.  Nothing is official until it happens in social media, right?

Here’s a nice little comparison for ya:

10 Weeks with Baby #1

10 Weeks with Baby #1

7 Weeks with Baby #2

7 Weeks with Baby #2

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Are we crazy?

I ask myself this question a lot lately.  Are we completely out of our minds for trying to have another baby?  There is definitely a part of me wondering, “You want to have another kid?  Did you completely forget how terrible your recovery was last time?  What about your poor husband who stood there in horror while everything happened?”

As I’m typing this, all of the cognitive, logical thought processes are kicking in, “You have a plan.  You know what to look for this time.  You already know what it is like when something goes wrong.  Your doctors are amazing, they will be right there.”

My husband has already confessed his fear of me going into the world’s fastest labor at home, where we would be 35 minutes away from our hospital and beloved doctors.  I would be lying if I said we hadn’t already worked out a game plan for him in the event that happens though.  We don’t actually think any of this will happen again, but, like most people who’ve been through this, you know the odds aren’t in your favor for it not happening again or something else going wrong.

On the flip side, I keep thinking, I have been given this chance to have another baby.  My doctor worked really hard to make that happen for me and, if nothing else, I’ve always envisioned my son having the opportunity for a sibling.  I thought we’d have to adopt for more kids when I was being rushed into surgery after the inversion.  I was 100% OK and accepting of it and we still aren’t opposed to it as an option after we have Baby #2 and I get my tubes tied.

Here we are, giving it a go.  Ignoring or trying our best to deal with the little voices in our heads screaming, “Why are you doing this again?  Have you lost your minds???”

I’ll leave you with this – which pretty much sums up our current state perfectly.

“Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.” 
– Bill Cosby, Fatherhood

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Pregnancy After Inversion: Week 9

We are still doing well this pregnancy.  I had an ultrasound 2 days ago and everything looked great with our little bean.  Our practice doesn’t typically do ultrasounds until 12-13 weeks unless there is a reason for concern.  Give the inversion and the chemical pregnancy, they opted to do one at 9 weeks.  I always have mixed emotions with these, I’m excited to see how things are going with the little one but I’m nervous there will be something wrong.  No issues to report this time though – so far so good!

I went ahead and told the doctor, who delivered my son, that we were opting for a c-section this time.  He fully supported our decision and I can already tell I am more relieved knowing that we have a game plan in place.  I’m also going to get a chance to get my scar cleaned up by a plastic surgeon and getting my tubes tied.  The over-planner in me is thrilled with all of this and making the prospect of having another baby far less scary all around.

9 Week Ultrasound!

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What’s next?

The biggest reason I started this blog wasn’t to educate people about what uterine inversions are.  It’s one of those complications that you really want whomever is helping you deliver your baby to know how to address, but really something you don’t want to know could happen unless it actually does happen.

I loved my state of ignorance to all sorts of potential birth-complications.  Unfortunately, after having a freak-only-happens-once-in-a-while type complications, I got to learn about so much more.  I also learned how crappy the information available to me was.  That aspect was tough for me, I like researching, reading, learning all I can about what I could be facing and there isn’t much out there for uterine inversions, nor is there much data for my doctors to rely on for me when I started asking questions.

My goal is to (hopefully) help others who’ve been through the same sort of experience by sharing my own journey of having an inversion and hopefully being able to have another baby successfully.  When I went into surgery, I initially was told they would not be able to save my uterus.  When I woke up, I was told they were able to save it and I should be able to have more children, but I still had my concerns.  Afterall, I’d just seen the “baby house” outside of my body, I think I was right to have my doubts.

We followed doctors orders and waited 2 years before we started trying for another child.  I got pregnant immediately in our first month of trying.  Unfortunately, that was short-lived (about 4 or 5 days) before I started bleeding and cramping.  I was told it was a “Chemical Pregnancy”, which is an extremely early loss.  The “positive” pregnancy test lines were getting fainter and fainter instead of darker.  Apparently, chemical pregnancies are super common, but most women only know about them if they are actively trying to conceive and testing early or watching the calendar closely to make sure their cycle is on track.

I was a bit frustrated.  Going through a chemical pregnancy was hard –  my hormones were all out of whack and I was hurting for about a week from the cramping.  We didn’t really try during that next cycle, I was disappointed and worried that my uterus would somehow prevent an embryo from “sticking.”

Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long at all.  The following cycle, I did manage to get pregnant again and, so far, it has stuck with me.  I’m only 5 or 6 weeks along at this point, but that’s further than I made it last time.  I also had a positive pregnancy test earlier too than I did last time, and the line was darker as I continued to test.

We are excited, but nervous.  My husband and I went through a rough recovery after CJ was born.  My joke is now, we know too much about general potential complications with me and/or with the baby.  We are being cautiously optimistic this go-around.  Aside from my boobs being sore, I haven’t had any other symptoms yet, so it is all a bit surreal at this point.  My first doctor’s appt is in a couple of weeks, which will hopefully leave me with a few more details and feeling more secure that this is actually happening for us :).

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