We are so excited to share with you the birth story of one of our dear clients from earlier this year. Ramya was so dedicated to preparing, both physically and mentally, for her birth and it really paid off in the end! She showed so much strength, dedication, and trust in her body and the process of birth. Ramya and her husband were such a wonderful team and it was an honor to be part of their journey as they welcomed their son into the world! Enjoy their story below:
I and my husband planned almost everything around pregnancy a year before planning to get pregnant! Both of us were very excited since this was going to be our first child. We got a medical examination done a year in advance. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and it was well under control within a few months after starting medication. Both of us were also very keen on being active and fit. After being married for three years and thoroughly enjoying each other's company, we decided it was time to have a baby. We started trying and I was very excited that my menstrual cycle did not start on the day it was supposed to. I was sure that we were pregnant. I took a test at home but the result was negative. For no reason I felt dejected, we had after all only tried for a month! So a week passed by but I still did not get my period. So I and my husband decided to make a trip to the pharmacy at midnight because apparently waiting until the next morning seemed too long!
I took another test to find out that we were indeed pregnant! We were surprised and very happy. Nine months seemed like a long time at the start of pregnancy, the first 14 weeks especially seemed never ending because of nausea but time flew by. We did a lot of research and read a handful of books about pregnancy and child birth. We also attended the classes at our hospital. I was quite scared of childbirth, I have seen my sister have a very difficult postpartum recovery since she had a c-section. I was determined and obsessed to not end up requiring a c-section so I did everything that was under my control to try to avoid it. For me, the fear of childbirth kept reducing as I gathered more information about human anatomy and medical procedures related to pregnancy. Knowing what to expect at every step helped me a great deal to cope with whatever was going on. I also listened to a lot of podcasts which discussed positive birth experiences. One of my favorite is a podcast named birthful.
I think the best thing I did for myself was to stop working and make time for myself. Up until 28 weeks, I managed to run for 2 miles, practice yoga and walked 2 miles back home. After 28 weeks, my lower back started to hurt and I would walk 4 miles