So, I have decided to do a weekly update on how we are all doing post birth. Sorry, this post is late but we’ve been working on adjusting to our new life. We have made the decision to not show pictures of Bella’s face at this time for privacy reasons and we hope you all will be understanding of this. I will try however to post a Postpartum picture of me each week.
I will have a dedicated post for my labor and delivery story but in order to understand some of this past week you need to know that I had a very serious complication when it came to birthing the placenta. Bella’s birth though was relatively uncomplicated and went smoothly.
Because of this complication with the placenta I was held an extra night to monitor my bleeding and other vital signs. It was during this extra time that Bella started to have problems with keeping her blood sugar levels up. The nurses even had to whisk her away to the nursery and give her glucose drops a couple of times. We eventually figured out that the energy it was taking for her to breastfeed was causing her sugar levels to drop. We therefore were forced to supplement with formula which was rather heartbreaking but it was best for Bella. Even so, she continued to struggle and one night they had me not feed her at all and took her to the nursery the entire night to feed her formula and get her sugar levels to where they needed to be. It was at this point that I was discharged from the hospital and she was admitted. They allowed us to sleep in with her that night and then it looked like they weren’t going to let us stay with her if she had to stay another night. However, they talked about it and decided to let us stay in that eventuality but we were able to establish a routine that kept her sugar levels where they needed to be and she was discharged that night.
We were admitted into the hospital on Tuesday in the afternoon and left on Friday night around 10 pm. It was an ordeal with much stress and tears from both mom and dad. Bringing her home from the hospital felt like a huge relief and victory. We had gotten her stable but now she is more dependent on the bottle than me for her food. I have struggled to get my milk supply up and it feels like we’re more supplementing with my milk than with the formula. However, she is still latching really well as she has been from day one and I am pumping every two hours day and night. As you can imagine there really isn’t a whole lot of sleep happening right now.
Saturday morning we took Bella to a doctors appointment. They weighed her and she had only lost 6% of her birth weight which was good and her sugar levels were perfect. She was given a clean bill of health at this appointment and now we will see the doctor again in two weeks.
As for me, I am still experiencing quite a bit of soreness and after birth pains. I am currently on two strong painkillers because of the severity of my pain because of the difficult after birth. I also have this awful postpartum rash on my thighs that is itching like crazy. My feet have also been extremely swollen this week. They are swollen way worse than they ever were through the entire pregnancy.
Emotionally, I am loving being a mama but I am also struggling with the fact that breastfeeding is not going as well as I had hoped it would. We went and spoke to a nurse about the situation today and she said that the trauma of having had the life threatening complication after the birth as well as the stress of having Bella be on the cusp of being in the NICU and taken away for a whole night for medical intervention and everything else that went along with that situation could be affecting how well my milk is coming in. It definitely is having an affect on my emotional health as I scored a 10 on their baby blues evaluation and a 12 is where they have the mama talk to a counselor but most of my answers were focused around how I am feeling about the breastfeeding situation.
On the bright side though, we got Bella weighed and she is back to her birth weight already. I also was weighed and I am now down to 162 lbs myself since giving birth. I had been at 171 before giving birth. I gained a total of 36 lbs during this pregnancy and I managed to get away with no stretch marks, yay!
I hope everyone is doing well! Shalom!