Angie Bothma, aged 25, shares her story of her pregnancy, week long labour and induction.
My husband and I spent two years trying to get pregnant. We moved and after three months I was expecting, we were in the clouds and counted down each day until our baby was due to arrive. We wished for a little boy and the scans and sonar showed it was a boy. Close to my due date, my parents took two weeks’ leave and came to visit. My due date came and went, and I was about 42 weeks pregnant by then. I was admitted into hospital to have an induction which was a pill. Most women go into labour after taking 2 to 3 pills, I already had 12!
Most women go into labour after taking 2 to 3 pills, I already had 12!
I was in severe pain, and they finally put me on an induction drip. I was almost bed ridden for three days, I wanted to die of pain. By then I was a week in labour. That Wednesday morning, the 8th of July I called my husband and I told him that I was booked for a C-Section. He could not be there with me. I was so emotional that morning, I was happy but also very afraid since I did not know what to expect! The lonely moments while you wait, praying that everything will be okay!
I was so relieved but I did not even have tears to cry, my tears have dried up after a whole week of pain and crying
The next moment I was in theatre and then I heard his cry for the first time. I was so relieved but I did not even have tears to cry, my tears have dried up after a whole week of pain and crying. They quickly showed him to me and then took him away for test, but after an half an hour, I was with him and everyone who came to meet him. Everyone cried of joy! Once everyone left, I was alone with my baby boy who weighed 3.68kg, the way he looked at me the very first time was priceless, it was as if he just knew I was his mother. I thank God every day for my healthy and beautiful miracle baby.
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