This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
All I went through to have my children was worth every ache, every tear, every stressful and sleepless night. Everyone has a story behind the birth of their baby, and I have 3.
I wasn’t ready to be pregnant the first time. In fact, I went into my doctor’s office for birth control. She said to come back when I start my period and she’d prescribe Portia birth control. I didn’t make it. The feeling of panic began to overtake me. I was just 22 years old. I had no idea how to be a mom. And honestly, I was scared to death of the birth process.
Throughout the pregnancy, I didn’t have the feelings of surreal love with my unborn child. I felt tired, grumpy and just ready to finally get the baby out so I could start to figure out life with a new baby. I was so scared, and the pregnancy felt like it took forever.
Being totally clueless and overwhelmed, I hired a doula. I tried to prepare for the birth. When my pregnancy went longer than my due date, my gynecology doctor suggested we induce the labor with Pitocin. I just wanted the pregnancy to be over with and hold my baby, and I had no idea what that kind of birth would be like, so I agreed. I trusted whatever my gynecologist said.
5 hours into the labor, I hadn’t dilated at all. I was so miserable that I begged to be allowed to go home. My doctor agreed and I left the hospital, still very pregnant. Facing people at church that next Sunday was awful. I was sore, swollen, exhausted and terribly grumpy. People would jokingly ask, “where’s the baby? I thought you were getting induced?” I shot them sour looks and just tried to sit alone.
Finally, contractions started that Sunday night. I stayed up all night, waiting for them to get stronger and closer together. When they were finally 3 minutes apart, I went to the hospital. The doctor on call came in and after her check-up, she looked at me seriously and said, “the baby is breech. For the safety of the baby, I suggest a c-section.”
All the fear I had been carrying around with me just overtook my entire brain. I cried. I hadn’t prepared for a c-section! I had no idea what that was, what it would feel like! I tried to act calm and brave and went to the operating room. During the operation, I began to feel nauseous and panicked. They had to put me to sleep. I wasn’t even awake to hear my baby’s first cry! I don’t remember what she looked like when she first came out.
I was so groggy after surgery. Bonding with my baby wasn’t instant. I really regret not preparing for the possibility of a c-section. But you know what? It was worth it. I have had 10 years of beautiful, amazing memories with this child. She’s my darling baby girl and always will be. We might not have bonded while I was pregnant or even right after birth, but we are so close today.
I wasn’t ready to be pregnant with her brother or sister either. But each time, I knew they would be a blessing, and they were! They have changed my life in such a huge way. I wish I didn’t have to go through 3 c-sections, but I have 3 healthy children today because of them.
All The Pain, Worth It
Everyone has a story. The Stork is for helping make these stories happen.
What Is The Stork & How Does It Work?
The Stork is an over-the-counter product that is created to help couples who haven’t been able to conceive naturally.
It comes with a sperm-collection cup and a wand used to deliver the sperm to the outside of the cervix. This is best for couples who have received a diagnosis of low sperm count, sperm immobility, or unfavorable vaginal environment.
Where To Buy The Stork
Now available for $59.99 at most retailers! You can also get it from Target and online at www.storkotc.com.
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