What is the Scariest Part of Being Pregnant?

Scary Moments During PregancyThis week I was unable to find a partner for #ASKAWAYFriday, so I thought about doing something a bit different. I saw that a someone posted a question on last week’s post with Beth from Structure in an Unstructured Life. Patricia left the question, what is the scariest part of being pregnant and I wanted to answer this question for her.

Typically, on Friday I particpate in #ASKAWAYFriday, if you are unfamiliar with this blog hop, it  is where you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. I decided to take one of my fan questions and I turned it into a blog post. I realize that this post ended up fairly long and I hope that I answered Patricia’s question.

The Scariest Moments During My First Pregnancy

I remember finding out that I was pregnant with my oldest daughter at the time I was only 18 years old. I was scared and excited during my pregnancy with her. Due to gaps in insurance, I didn’t receive the best prenatal care until I was around 18 to 20 weeks pregnant. I skipped all of the genetic testing (in fact I didn’t have it done with any of my children). I remember one afternoon that I was at work and I started feeling weird. I got hot and started feeling dizzy. I remember calling my mom and my co-workers called my doctor. He suggested that I sit down and put my feet up. I remember going home and resting the rest of the evening. Thankfully, that scary episode passed. Then as I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I was always scared that I wouldn’t recognize the signs and symptoms of labor and that I would end up having my baby at home. Of course, my water ended up breaking just shy of midnight after we had spent some time out celebrating my mom’s birthday and shopping. My mom had to come pick me up and take me to the hospital. I remember being in so much pain and I immediately asked for DRUGs. The nurse gave me some medications in my IV so that I could rest. Later that morning, the dr allowed me to have an epidural and I remember being pretty scared. After all, they are putting a huge needle into your back. Her labor went fairly quickly after I got my epidural and pitocin to speed things along. While pushing, I ended up having an episiotomy (its where they cut you so that you can delivery your baby easier). I had no clue that the doctor even cut me because I was numbed up. The episiotomy took forever to heal.

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10 Responses

  1. I had scary moments during both of my pregnancies as well. With my first, my now 15-year-old daughter, I had morning sickness that lasted into the 1st month of the 3rd trimester. I lost more weight than I gained and I was worried about her getting all the nutrition she needed to be a healthy little girl. I need not have worried because she was the healthiest little piglet ever. With my second pregnancy, which my family swore to me would be oh, so different from the first, I was even sicker. So much so that my midwife put me on a safe medication to stop the nausea so that I could tolerate food and water. I was sick up until the end of the second trimester, but I was able to keep more foods down. Still not a lot of weight gain, but other changes in my body where much more conducive to the baby’s maturity. It was definitely a much DIFFERENT pregnancy, if not better. Both of my children are healthy, and I would do it again just to have them.

  2. Poekitten says:

    The scariest moment in my pregnancy with my Munchkin was when I fell around 21 weeks. I slipped down some stairs that has some ice and snow on it. I went to the ER and they couldn’t find the heartbeat right away. They finally sent me up to the maternity ward and they monitored me and everything was fine, thankfully.

  3. Tamara says:

    I had a moment in my first pregnancy in which I almost fainted at a mall. It was very early in and I was so tired and hungry and thirsty. I think that’s when I realized how carefully I had to treat my body.
    In my second pregnancy, my water broke and it was so subtle – a long and slow drip – that I didn’t catch it for over 24 hours. So then I had an immediate induction. It was scary!

    • Christy says:

      I remember getting grumpy during my third pregnancy when I waited too long too eat one afternoon. I got the shakes and ended up having to eat some peanut butter crackers to make my blood sugar go back to normal. I suggest that new moms carry some crackers, healthy snacks, or hard candy in their purse to use in case your blood sugar drops. If your blood sugar gets too low, you will feel hot, dizzy, get the shakes, feel nauseated, and many other possible symptoms. Also, make sure that you stay hydrated. 😉

  4. Jodi says:

    I suffered pre-eclampsia with both pregnancies and had c-sections at 37/35 weeks. My 1st was VERY scary! I lost a lot of blood and had to receive a couple transfusions. My second c-section was uneventful accept for my son needing some treatments for his lungs. In my heart I knew he was strong and would pull through. I debate about a third baby and it is largely due to being at risk for the pre-eclampsia again, but I have a great doctor whom I trust, should we decide to try! Knowing my history, he watches monitors very closely.

    • Christy says:

      Oh my goodness Jodi, you had scary pregnancies. Do you have any advice for new mom’s who are suffering from the signs and symptoms of pre-clampsia? It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your doctor. I know that during my last two pregnancies, that I saw a few different providers throughout my pregnancy. I was a bit nervous going into my c-section because my doctor was younger than I was but I had to trust that she knew what she was doing during surgery. She had an awesome assistant and they told me everything that was going on. It seemed like forever before I heard my son’s cry but once I heard that I was relieved. My doctor told me that he came out and peed/pooped on her. :)

  5. Sonya says:

    Pregnancy is always a little bit scary because you are always worried about you baby arriving safely. I’m glad to hear that all three of your pregnancies went pretty fairly smooth.

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