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The End of My Pregnancy Journey

March 1, 2013

Teniecka Drake

Teniecka Drake

It has been about four weeks since I gave birth to my beautiful angel. Her name is Matasha and she is just a cutie baby girl. I wanted to give as much information as possible on what happened before delivery, during delivery, and after.

Going back to January 29, 2013, my husband and I arrived at the hospital. We did have to wait for a few minutes; my C-section was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on this day. After signing all the information for registration I was ready to have the baby. Of course, the hospital has to prep me first and monitor the baby. I actually did not get ready to have my baby until after 1:30 p.m. This was due to an error on the pharmacy's part, for not having the AZT medication for my IV ready. After the medication was in and the three hours had passed it was now time to have the baby.

Delivery Time

The nurse had me put on booties and a cap for my head. My husband was given his cap and his scrubs for over his clothing. He was told to stay outside while they prepared me and afterward they would bring him in. I went down a hallway with the nurse. My heart has beating fast and I was nervous and a bit scared. There were two anesthesiologists, and then there were two doctors, and a few different nurses around. It was my time to hop on to the small table area. I rolled my back down and I was given the spinal epidural. It pinched on the left side then the right then back again to the left for a few times. Then I had to wait for the medication to take full effect and as soon as it did the doctors were ready to go.

I was given oxygen to breathe in for the baby and I could feel pressure as I lay on the table awake. My body kept feeling nauseated and it was awful. My body did not know if it wanted to pass out or vomit. It was a very sickening feeling. My husband was finally brought in and he asked how I was doing and gave me a sweet eye-wink. I felt better he was there, but my body still kept giving me that awful disgusting feeling. I would let the doctor know and he administered an anti-nausea medication.

After what seemed like the longest minutes ever I felt a hard tug and almost a loss of breath. I heard for the first time my daughter crying. I was so happy to hear her voice although I could not see her she sounded healthy and strong. I could hear water and gurgling sounds as the nurses cleaned up the baby. My husband went over and he brought her to me and I gave her a little kiss. The doctors took a bit of time finishing since they had to also do a tubal ligation as well. After the doctors were done they wheeled me and the baby over to the recovery room.

After Delivery

In the recovery room I just laid there unable to move from my waist down. The doctors came and checked on me to see if I was okay. They let me know the medication would wear off after a while. After my time spent in the recovery room I was wheeled to the elevator to go to my room. It was hard the very first night since I could not move and I had a catheter in me. It was just not the greatest portion of delivering. The nurses pushed on my stomach to feel if my uterus was hard right after having surgery. That is another rough and painful part, but it has to be done to make sure no blood clots or other issues exist.

My daughter roomed with me except for the first night since I was paralyzed from the medication. I stayed in the hospital for three days and had my staples removed two weeks later. I am doing well, so far so good; and my daughter has gained pound since being out of the hospital. She weighed five pounds and thirteen ounces. She was also nineteen inches long. Just wanted to give my final update and I will continue to give updates in my regular blog.

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