Yojji Peterson : I Am Pregnant
It was positive
I was 37 and I went off hormonal birth control. My boyfriend at the time had asked me to have his baby. It was something he said because it was something he thought women wanted to hear. I had never really considered it before but I was older and suddenly it didn't seem like a terrible idea. I was already being a step mother to his first child and discovered I was okay with kids on a day-to-day basis.
I am RH negative and I had had a few miscarriages in my past. I missed getting the rhogam shot the first time. At 37, I pretty much considered it unlikely that I was going to get pregnant and so I left it up to my body. I would be fine either way.
I was pregnant in a month. I was at the 99 cent store and I bought a test. It was positive. I was working freelance at the time but I put in an application for a full time job. I needed insurance.
How do you find a good pediatrician?
focus on the light at the end of the tunnel
I really hated being pregnant. I hated the attention, I was exhausted. I suddenly had to navigate work, doctors appointments when all I wanted to do was sleep. I felt sick, my sense of smell became insane and I struggled to eat. People started talking to me like I had a full frontal lobotomy and could only think about babies. I didn't glow and just tried to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. I would not always be pregnant and at the end there would be a new person. She might have my eyes. I could teach her stuff.
At 24 weeks my blood pressure started to go up. I was told I was at risk for pre-eclampsia. It became a waiting game. How long could I keep that baby in? My co- workers began resenting me because of all the doctors appointments and missed days. I called them the lizard ladies - no mammalian sympathy. I put up and shut up. They were not important.
At 36 weeks, I went in for my weekly checkup. My boyfriend was on a film shoot so I was on my own that week. I was having contractions and the doctor admitted me to the hospital. I had pre-eclampsia. They had me do a 24 hour urine test and gave me an ultrasound. My urine was brown towards the end. Specialists were called in.
It was determined that there was more risk keeping the baby inside and labor was induced. I was on some pretty unpleasant anti-seizure medication. The nurses were lovely people. I had been alone in the hospital for four days and they made it okay. My boyfriend left the shoot to make it to the hospital in time for the birth.
I took all the drugs. I don't know who gave me the advice to take them, but I bless them. They couldn't get an IV in my arm, so the IV was placed in my neck. The spinal injection thing sucked but it was just another sucky thing in the long list of sucky things that week.
My water broke right away but after 18 hours of labor, I still hadn't dilated. The baby was in distress. I told them to just take the baby. A half hour later I had a baby on my breast and a stitched-up wound on my abdomen.
Children's doctors, also called pediatricians, diagnose and treat ailments in infants and children. While many pediatricians focus on common injuries and diseases that affect younger people, others may diagnose and treat more serious medical conditions.
In any case, the most important steps that you must take to find the best doctor to treat your child when sick are the following:
Do your research. One of the best ways to start compiling your list is by asking family and friends. ...
5.4 lbs of grace
She was 5.4 lbs and perfect - with a full head of dark hair and the longest eyelashes I've ever seen. It turns out that she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck four times. I made the right call on the c-section. She is RH negative.
My blood pressure was normal within a day after giving birth. I felt 200 times better almost immediately and she was the snuggliest baby ever.. She's a big kid now.