So, remember my first pregnancy was without problems! My second pregnancy didn’t take the same smooth route as my first. At 8 weeks, I started to bleed, so in order to avoid a miscarriage, they put me on limited bed rest. I could go to work (sitting only) but that was about it! Very light activity. Basically, avoid doing anything if at all possible. I survived the limited activity. (Those who know me knew how hard it was for me to sit still! Yikes!)
Everything was going better until 32 weeks; I developed Cholestasis (liver condition where bile starts to build up and is secreted back into the system.) This side effects of this is major itching and vomiting. Now understand when I say itching, its not like a little scratch. It’s a full, head on, all over body itch that does not go away! My neck, my feet, my arms, my neck, my stomach… you name it – I had to itch it! (Oh, and do I have another story to tell you about Christian…. remind me later)
Now, I learned the only way to get rid of this condition is to deliver the baby so it’s a risk/reward. The longer I can tolerate it, the better off for the baby! I tolerated it until about 38 weeks. At that time, I went to my OB in tears and showed him how raw my skin had become from itching. They checked my blood and decided to schedule an emergency C-section the next day.
Brityn Alexis Paul, 8lbs 8 oz, 21 inches long was born!
We were now blessed with two beautiful girls! No matter how hard the pregnancy or the delivery was…. I wouldn’t trade them for the world!
My journey had only begun… when we started trying for our second child; I had what they called “Second Child Infertility”. Basically, the cysts were destroying the eggs before they could be released or when they were released. We tried for about 15 months before I started Clomid (infertility medicine), and then moved on to taking the shots (oh, BTW – those were in the stomach) to get my ovaries working. Listen to this…. Exactly 12 hours after the shot, we were to have intercourse in order to hit the “perfect” time for fertilization. Now, let me tell you, getting a shot in the stomach and having to have intercourse 12 hours after the shot made trying for a baby a lot less exciting!! And Yes, Christian would agree!
As an additional route, I also had a hysterosalpingogram, which sends dye through your ovaries and fallopian tubes. This allows the OB to see any problem areas and cleans out the systems.
After a few months of this unromantic process, we decided to take a break from trying to get pregnant! In lieu of infertility treatments, we choose to finish our basement! We designed it, signed the contract and paid for it! Well, to our wondrous surprise, within a month, we were pregnant!! I come to determine we needed to let a higher power decide when we should be blessed with our second child.
My life was going amazingly! I got married in 2001, graduated from law school in 2002, had a job, active lifestyle and was happy! In 2003 I was diagnosed with cysts and fibroids. We didn’t do anything about them until my husband (Christian) and I started thinking about having a family. We tried for about a year before we went into my OB/GYN to discuss options. We did ultrasounds to verify if/when the cysts/fibroids would rupture, then would track my menstrual cycle to find the opportune time to become pregnant. We ended up meeting with the doctor and decided to have Christian tested to see if he was maybe the cause of our inability to become pregnant!
Well Guess What? After he completed his test (That’s a whole different and humorous story…don’t forget to remind me to tell it), we ended up getting pregnant!!
My pregnancy went amazingly! The delivery on the other hand was a bit challenging. Well actually, it was long and it hurt! 52 hours after being admitted to the hospital, two epidurals (second one didn’t take), 5 hours of pushing, I ended up with an emergency C-Section.
Ella McKenzie Paul, 9lbs 1 oz, 21 inches long was born! Whoo – she was big!