I can still remember the sound of my husband’s voice when I told him we were expecting our first child. We were engaged, and it came as such a shock. Nothing even remotely close to a mistake, but a beautiful, exciting surprise. My pregnancy was fairly typical, aside from having polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid). When the doctor informed us of this condition, she had to go over all of the possibilities with us, from premature birth to possible birth defects. We were terrified of course, but we stayed positive and set up an appointment for a 3D Ultrasound to see if the baby was swallowing. Thankfully we were able to schedule an appointment for the following day, but it felt like years. That was the longest, most stressful night of our lives.
The moment we saw my son’s little face appear on the screen of the ultrasound machine, all of our fears washed away. He was beautiful! We weren’t even sure if he had any issues yet, but it suddenly wasn’t a huge concern anymore. It was the first time we saw his features, and the first time he took my breath away. Thankfully, the technician determined that he was completely fine, and I was just one of those rare cases of polyhydramnios with no clear cause. To keep an eye on the baby’s development, we continued to have 3D Ultrasounds every week for a couple of months. The rest of the pregnancy was a breeze – well, as “breezy” as pregnancy can be. I blew up like a balloon, and by the time I was 40 weeks along, I had gained 45 pounds since the start of my pregnancy. To say I was ready for the baby to “get out of me” (as I so lovingly put it one night) was an understatement. I was swollen, emotional, and gigantic!
My due date came and went, and before we knew it I was pushing 41 weeks gestation. I wanted him to make his appearance when he was ready, but he was just too cozy in there I suppose, and we scheduled an induction. I was so miserable from carrying around 45 extra pounds for so long that I wasn’t even scared about any of the complications that can come along with being induced. I just wanted to meet my sweet baby boy and be able to tie my own shoes again.
When we checked in to the hospital, they discovered that I was already 5 centimeters dilated, so they waited until the following morning to start the Pitocin. Once they did, it was pure insanity! One moment I was completely fine, and the next I was being told to push! After I had the epidural, I was finally able to relax enough to take a nap. As soon as I woke up, I started feeling pressure down there, but I was so loopy it didn’t cross my mind that maybe the baby was coming sooner rather than later! Thankfully, I mentioned it to the nurse, who was shocked to discover that he was ready. They called the doctor over, I pushed for 40 minutes with Bob’s Burgers playing in the background, and bam – my son was born!
I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such an easy delivery. I still can’t even believe it! I wasted so many sleepless nights obsessing over every possible thing that could have gone wrong, and once it came down to it, it was completely fine! Giving birth has been one of the easier things I’ve done in life, actually, and I hope my next delivery goes as smoothly. I know next time I may just have to give Stork OTC a try. Getting pregnant was harder for me than the pregnancy and even birth! Though we weren’t exactly “trying”, we weren’t being careful at all, and we were actually starting to think something was up. So I know Stork will be able to lend a helping hand in the process. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a Godsend. IVF is extremely expensive and isn’t an option for everyone. It’s over-the-counter and can be used at home. Whether you’re struggling with an unfavorable vaginal environment, or your husband has a low sperm count, the Stork OTC is worth looking into! You can order one on their website at www.storkotc.com, or pick one up at your local Target in the family planning section, next to the ovulation kits. My husband and I aren’t trying for a baby at the moment, but the company sent a demo for me to check out, and it seems like an awesome product! When I try it out in a year or so, I’ll write another review to let you know how it works out.
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This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.