Distress in the labour room

We were thrilled after being married for almost three years when I found out that I was pregnant. We had only been really trying to conceive for a few months when it happened. Being a first-timer I was apprehensive and worried at first. All I could remember of me being pregnant in my early stages was my constant need for food and sleep, and not necessarily in that order!

Amazingly, I did not suffer too much from morning sickness, having only thrown up probably twice during the whole time.

It felt really weird for me as my tummy got bigger and my clothes got tighter. But, I took it in good stride. My husband bore the brunt of my displeasure - when he was home late with my dinner or when I could not sleep on our bed anymore as the baby kept kicking and no sleeping positions were working for me, and I sometimes ended up sleeping sitting down or lying on the living room sofa.

Finally the time came for me to deliver. I went into the delivery room on Feb 25, 2010, wanting a normal delivery but that was not possible as the gynae informed me that my baby appeared to be in distress (this after a few hours). Finally, I was wheeled into the operating room and my beautiful baby boy came out at 5.15pm on the same day. I thought that was the end of it until my tummy started filling up with blood after I came out of the operating room.

I had to be given blood products and my gynae did not know what was the matter until an anaesthesiologist pointed out that my abdomen was filling up with blood (what else could it be?) and my gynae had to call a general surgeon to operate and rectify the mistake.

I ended up in the ICU (intensive care unit) for a few days but my son was healthy and fine. Thank God for that!

Now my son is almost 18 months and he is a lovely and cheerful boy (almost all the time!) and we love him to bits.

Kathleena Thambyraja

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