Beautiful belly picture of the day comes from BFF Rachael
Today's Friend of the show is
Wisdom and Reassurance from
a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom
Today's featured birth story is actually an "unbirth" story.
This is Terry's story of her Ectopic pregnancy
After trying for almost a year, my husband and I found ourselves pregnant. We did a home pregnancy test but it was not a "for sure" positive result.
About three weeks after I did the test, I was home alone and started having some back pains. This wasn't something unusual for me; I had a lot of back pain since my first C-section. They started early, about 8:00 a.m. and steadily got worse. By about 10:30 a.m. it became a stabbing pain, I didn't even think about it being something serious. I took some Tylenol and tried to lie down. Suddenly I started to feel even worse; the pain was almost unbearable. My husband was gone out of town for the day, and I had no way of getting a hold of him. At about 11:00 a.m.; I started to spot. I decided that I was probably having a miscarriage. Since I couldn't get a hold of anyone, I decided to drive myself to the hospital.
On my way in the car, I started to vomit violently. The pain was still getting worse, and I realized that I couldn't drive. Lisa (my friend) got my message and she took me to the hospital. I vomited a few more times on the way, and the pain didn't stop at all. I was crying and so scared.
We got to the hospital and the pain was still bad but shortly after it stopped. I mean it just suddenly stopped. After a long wait, a doctor came in and examined me; he didn't come back for quite a while. When he did return, he told me he was sure that this was an ectopic pregnancy and I would have to have surgery right away. He wanted me to have an ultrasound immediately, so I went to do that.
Later, my husband got there and the doctor confirmed that it was indeed an ectopic pregnancy and he had already called in a surgeon for me. I was bleeding internally and I had to go to surgery immediately. I was just stunned.
I had to be put to sleep for the surgery, but it was over fast. What a rotten day this had been. I woke up with mild back pains, and by late afternoon, I was coming out of surgery.
While they were inside for the surgery, they noticed that I had large amounts of adhesions from my C-section and were able to cut those away. They told me later that those might very well have been the cause of my back pains since they started after I had the C-section.
It was fairly nonintrusive surgery, so I wasn't in a lot of pain and it didn't take long to recover. I was back to work in two days later. After trying so long to get pregnant, this was a tragic loss, but we were determined not to let this experience get us down. Happily, we were able to conceive after a few months.