Although it was heartbreaking to have 2 unwanted miscarriages I knew this wasn’t the end of our journey yet. On September 11, 2001, our country faced a horrible tragedy I remember the fear I had and really thought to myself is it really safe to bring another child into this world? Needless to say, that day made so many stronger, and I know it made me believe more than ever our next child would be on his/her way.
It was about a month later that I found out I was pregnant and due in June. My husband and I were terrified something would go wrong again. The doctor watched me closely for the first few months, and I learned some things I did not know throughout the other pregnancies. I found out I had a bicornuate uterus which is a type of congenital uterine malformation or müllerian duct anomalies in which the womb appears to be heart-shaped. I couldn’t believe that in my first 3 pregnancies no one told me this critical information. I really was thankful though because the doctors could help me during this pregnancy. As you can see in the picture below, there is a lot less room in this type of uterus.
I was put on bed rest with this pregnancy, but I really had no problems, I actually enjoyed every minute of it. On June 8th, 2002 I had a healthy baby girl. She had jaundice, but otherwise, she was just fine and is now in 11th grade and working a job along with her studies.
We waited about 2 years to try for another baby, some may be thinking why would you try for another baby knowing the risk I could be taking. I felt my dream was to have 3 kids and to be a caregiver. I knew I was in good hands with the doctors and that they would continue to take care of me. I did not get pregnant right away it took about 3 years.
When we found out we were pregnant again the doctor put me on bed rest, but I did have some bleeding at first, so I tried to be as careful as possible. This was a complicated pregnancy for me, I had a lot of heartburn and had to be put on medication for it. My hip would pop in and out of place. From the time I was 6 months pregnant, the doctor ordered me to have physical therapy 2 days a week because the baby was laying on my sciatic nerve along with having to have my hip put back into its normal position.
I started having labor pains with my baby girl around 34 weeks, I was in and out of the hospital for about the next 2 weeks, and the doctor told us that it should be safe if she were to come this early. I was due Oct. 1, but on Sept 3 my daughter had other ideas. It was around 11pm Sept 2nd when I started feeling strong contractions. I had already planned for someone to watch my other to girls, so we were definitely ready to get this show on the road.
We got to the hospital around 12:30am on the 3rd, they gave me medication because I also had Group B streptococcus (GBS) which is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. I had it with all my pregnancies so what they would typically do is start an antibiotic drip for the safety of the baby. Group B could be very deadly to the baby if it were to come in contact with it.
I was given an epidural as well because I did not have any medication during the birth of my 2nd baby delivery as it was too late to get any meds. So I knew for this one I was getting the medication to take the edge off. It was around 7:20 am, when the nurse came in and checked me, she said well you are 9 cm, she then took a long pause. She had a fearful look on her face, “I will be right back.” I could sense that something was wrong. The doctor came in and checked me, her face was as white as a sheet and said: “someone bring me the ultrasound, please. They rushed in, she put the ultrasound on my belly looking and feeling around. She turned to the nurse and said we are doing an emergency c-section right away get ahold of someone in the operating room and get her prepped asap.