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27/09/2012 at 20:31
I had a very straight forward pregnancy with my first baby but at around 36 weeks I began itching severely and was diagnosed with OC which poses an increased risk of stillbirth and other things. I was induced, laboured for 36 hours, pushed for 3.5 hours and had an emcs. It was very hard for the first 12 weeks in terms of recovery as I had been so ill and sleep deprived to begin with.
Next time they tell me I will likely be sick again and possibly slightly earlier. I would be high risk, require monthly bloods and 'when' I get sick would need additional scans, more bloods and monitoring. The itching itself was horrendous and I didn't sleep for more than an hour at a time and constantly woke up scratching and breaking the skin.
Apprently I would need a c section at 37/38 weeks.
So lots to think about and not sure how I will ever feel ready but my hubby has mentioned he wants to try in 12 months. I am not really quite there yet so not sure what to say/agree to.
Has anyone else been high risk and had to contemplate more second time around?
Are there things you did to make it more comfortable/normal etc?
02/10/2012 at 22:01
Hi, i have a liver problem so i know how bad the itching can be. What is OC?
03/10/2012 at 11:18
Oh Tuliprose, I remember your rough ride well.
I've never had to deal with OC but I did have my own rough ride with Samantha, labouring 49hrs ending up on a drip when I stopped dilating, pushing just beyond the 2hrs 'supposed' max limit & ending up with 3rd degree tear & high bloodloss.
I initially thought after that 'NEVER AGAIN' but emotions do change. It is a scary prospect facing all the things that 'may' happen during your pregnancy but what I can promise you is you will feel more in control now. You've been through it once before & will remember the 'normal' as opposed to the 'not quite right' sensations, your MW/GP will be aware of your previous history so will also be watching for the signs & likely catch them a lot sooner helping you through them.
My 2nd time around with Hannah I was aware I could tear & bleed again (they offered me elective c-sec) but my MW was also aware & helped me feel more prepared when the time came that I managed a much shorter pushing time, a smaller tear & all without pain relief feeling more focused on what was happening.
It is you who will be pregnant facing all the ups & downs, yes your OH has said he is ready to face that with you once more which is a help but you now need to ask yourself which is your greater fear - being pregnant again or your LO being an only child...Best wishes & good luck.
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