Pregnancy and childbirth are unique experiences that can vary greatly from person to person. In this episode, I have the privilege of welcoming Emily, a member of FitNest Mama, to share her remarkable birth story and her journey towards recovery.
Emily’s story is a powerful example of the strength and resilience of mothers during the birthing process and beyond. Let’s delve into her journey, from gestational hypertension to a surprising birth outcome and her path to recovery.
The Planned Pregnancy and Gestational Hypertension
Emily’s pregnancy was well planned. However, her journey took an unexpected turn when she experienced gestational hypertension at 38 weeks. This condition, characterised by high blood pressure during pregnancy, can pose risks to both the mother and the baby. Emily’s experience with gestational hypertension was the first challenge on her path to motherhood.
The Induction Process: A Challenging Beginning
In preparation for the birth of her baby, Emily was induced due to her hypertension. Induction is a common medical procedure that helps initiate labour. However, Emily once induced, her cervix didn’t dilate as expected, despite experiencing frequent contractions and intense pain. The induction process can sometimes be physically and emotionally challenging, and Emily’s experience was no exception.
From Caesarean to Surprise Birth
The hospital then proceeded to book Emily for a cesarean section due to the slow progression of labor. However, shortly before the scheduled surgery, her waters broke, and laboyr intensified. This unexpected turn of events led to a shift in plans, and Emily adapted to the rapidly changing circumstances. She received an epidural to manage the pain and continued to labour on.
As the hours passed, Emily faced a long pushing phase during labor. While it was a physically demanding process, her determination and strength shone through. Finally, the moment arrived, and Emily gave birth to her baby through vacuum-assisted delivery. The gender of the baby was a delightful surprise to both Emily and her partner.
A Prolapse Diagnosis and Recovery Journey
Post-birth, Emily faced an unexpected challenge. She was diagnosed with a grade one anterior wall prolapse, a condition where the bladder protrudes into the vaginal wall. Emily initially struggled with the diagnosis, feeling upset and conducting extensive research to understand her condition. The constant awareness of the prolapse and its symptoms took a toll on her mental well-being.
However, Emily’s recovery journey was marked by resilience. Over time, her symptoms improved, and she focused on physical recovery through exercises. Emily embraced the guidance of her physiotherapist and even considered using a pessary to manage her symptoms. The gradual improvements in her physical condition brought a renewed sense of positivity, which has continued to grow.
Tips for Pregnant Mothers
Emily’s story carries essential messages for expectant mothers:
1. Invest in Your Physical Well-being
During pregnancy, it’s crucial to invest in your physical well-being. Understanding the changes your body undergoes and preparing for postpartum recovery can make the journey smoother.
2. Prioritise Postpartum Recovery
The postpartum period is a critical phase of your journey. Give yourself time and space to heal, both physically and emotionally. Seek guidance from healthcare professionals and support networks.
3. Continuous Learning
Stay informed about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences. Listen to podcasts, read books, and gather knowledge that will empower you on your journey.
4. Be Kind to Yourself
Remember that every pregnancy and birth is unique. Be gentle with yourself and embrace the journey, including its challenges, as part of your unique story.
Emily’s birth story is a powerful reminder that challenges can be overcome, and recovery is possible. With the right support, determination, and self-compassion, mothers can navigate the intricate path of pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.
Preparing for birth Pelvic health checklist