Health & Parenting, Home & Happiness

October 7, 2017

Cystic Fibrosis and Pregnancy: My Pregnancy Journey

On Valentine's Day the hospital called and confirmed that I was pregnant and asked me to come up to be admitted since I was sick. I had irregular, somewhat heavy bleeding the first trimester. In order to gain weight I switched to a higher calorie formula and I had to restart Orkambi after experiencing bad side effects from withdrawal. Other than that, I had a lot of problems with hypoglycemia.

At 26 1/2 weeks I started having contractions and was admitted for my lungs and pre-term labor. They did an ultrasound and started steroid shots, as well as Magnesium and Procardia. I was having issues with partially collapsed lungs and pneumonia and had to be placed on bedrest.

At 30 weeks my water broke and I was given another round of steroid shots. They immediately started me on extra antibiotics so my uterus wouldn't get infected, but because of the antibiotics I contracted cdiff. At 31 weeks I felt like I was going to have the baby within a day or two.

I had contractions all night and day. I was exhausted, in pain, and frustrated that I felt like I was in labor but nothing was happening. I finally hit the nurse's button to ask for something for pain thinking I still might not be dilated even though I felt the baby move downward. The doctor came in and told me he thought I was in labor and would have the baby within a few hours and when they checked me they could see his head. At that point I was 7-8 cm dilated 100% effaced and 0. I was immediately rushed to labor and delivery and as they were setting stuff up I was checked again and I was already at 9.5 cm. They started magnesium immediately which slowed down my contractions significantly and gave me an epidural. Our baby got stuck and they had to use forceps to help pull him out. I was running out of energy, but after an exhausting 21 hours of labor, at 6:15 PM, Aiden Oliver made his entrance in to the world at 31 weeks and 2 days weighing 4 pounds, 3 oz and measuring 15 1/2 inches.


Pregnancy has been the most important, horrifying, anxiety-ridden, and exciting journey of my life so far and now that will change again as I learn to navigate through Motherhood. Despite all of the fear and doubts I had, we made it through and I'm amazed by all of the feelings that encompass childbirth. There is no way to truly prepare for what it feels like to become a parent, and even though it may be more challenging for us than usual I'm still grateful we got to where we are and I consider him our little miracle.

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