Share your labour tales: A galling time
A labour of love
It was my second pregnancy and we were so excited to be expecting again as planned.
Our first son was 18 months old so we were keen to give him a sibling.
It took no effort to get pregnant and this pregnancy seemed to be going along very nicely, no morning sickness as I had with the first. I was just tired.
At 10 weeks I started experiencing what I thought was extreme indigestion and morning sickness. My midwife prescribed some medicine for the indigestion but nothing was working.
One night I was in so much pain that I asked my husband to take me to the A&E at midnight.
I told the doctor a friend had mentioned gallstones to me and he was also of the same opinion. I made an appointment with my GP and midwife to get this confirmed.
At 17 weeks it was finally confirmed that I did have gallstones and nothing could be done until after the baby was born.
I was prescribed pethidine, which I hated taking but had no choice. I managed to suffer through this horrible ordeal to 38.5 weeks when my baby boy was born, after a short three hours labour, weighing a hefty 4kg (9lbs). He was absolutely perfect.
I lost 20kgs from the start of the pregnancy to seven weeks after I had my son when they removed my gallbladder.
While I was experiencing this horrible ordeal I could not find any information about whether other mothers had gone through the same thing and have often wondered how useful a book about my experience would be.
My son is now four and an absolute angel. It was a truly horrible pregnancy and I feel for anybody who has, at any time in their life, experienced gallstones.
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