I had 4-5 what I thought were “back spasms” over the next two days and bad constant back pain, and I realized on Thursday that the back pain was actually my kidney. I was in quite a bit of pain at work of varying degrees that day and at about 7pm that night I had to go lay down it was getting so bad, I was just hoping to get through the night and call the doctor in the morning. The pain progressively got worse and contractions began around 10pm. I laid in bed for a awhile until the pain was so bad that I got up to let Eric get some sleep around 1am. I went downstairs and attempted to time the contractions, but combined with the kidney pain it was too unbearable to even time, I went and woke up Eric at 1:30am and told him we have to go NOW.
Luckily my hospital bag was mostly packed from the other day because there was no time to do anything, we grabbed that and Alexa and left for the hospital. Eric asked me if he wanted me to blow the lights to which I yelled “yes.” I didn’t think the baby was coming anytime soon, but the kidney pain was unbearable. We checked into triage and it took forever for the on-call doctor to come down from “upstairs.” The nurse checked my cervix and I was still only 1.5cm dilated. At this point I wasn’t even thinking about being in labor even with contractions 2 minutes apart, I was too concerned with the kidney pain and getting that figured out. I thought I probably had a kidney infection or kidney stones but my urine culture came back negative. By the time the doctor finally came down, I was nearly passing out from the pain and put on oxygen and the nurse was hooking up an IV. It was the one doctor in my huge practice that we didn’t like. We had just met her a couple weeks prior and neither of us were fans, nor was the amazing triage nurse we had. The doctor ordered an oral pain med (which I don’t remember what it was) and said she would come back in an hour. The pain med made me sleepy for about 5-10 minutes but didn’t even touch the pain, I think it only relaxed my body enough for the pain to worsen (probably make the contractions stronger) because by now I couldn’t bare it anymore. The baby’s heart rate was also going from the 170’s-90’s and back during this time. The nurse checked my cervix again at this point, I think with the pain increasing so much we were both hoping that my cervix had done its job and that I was in the transition phase of labor, only to find that I was still at 1.5cm due to the blottable head.
The doctor finally came back in, and at this point I am now throwing up from the pain. She said she thought that my kidney was backed up with fluid from the pregnancy and the only way to correct it was to have the baby. Eric rushed Alexa off to daycare, luckily only 5 minutes away, and I was given a dose of fentanyl to relieve some of the pain until we got into surgery, which started to wear off quickly. I never thought I would be so relieved to get a spinal in my life, but it felt amazing for the pain to be gone. I was so warm and comfortable I just wanted to take a nap, but there was a baby to be delivered! At 8:32am Kenley Faith come into the world with Eric announcing that, “Alexa has a baby sister!”
Everyone in the OR kept commenting on her size so I was expecting to hear that she was just huge, but she was completely normal at 7 pounds 14 ounces and 21 inches long. Then came the comments about how much water there was. Turns out I had undiagnosed Polyhydramnios, excessive amniotic fluid, which occurs in 1% of pregnancies, and was the likely cause of the kidney issue because I was carrying around so much extra water. Kenley was basically swimming in my belly and would have never engaged in the birth canal, which is why after so many contractions I still hadn’t dilated past 1.5cm. They measured over 5 quarts of amniotic fluid from me, and a normal amount is 1-2 quarts. My belly had felt so differently with this pregnancy and so much bigger that I had a feeling something wasn’t right for a while. I had thought that they would maybe discover a fibroid or an unusually large placenta or something of that sort, so it is interesting that mother’s intuition was right and that there was something wrong. Had it been detected earlier that probably would have performed the c-section a couple weeks earlier to avoid potential complications like cord prolapse and placental abruption. A lot of things could have happened so I am thanking my lucky stars for a healthy baby and healthy delivery. At this point the main concerns regarding the Polyhydramnios is to watch for digestive issues in Kenley and her skull not being very fused, which will change in time. Delivering cured my kidney problem, thank god. I was worried that I would have this beautiful newborn and still have this pain to sort out. I was so bitter for a very long time after I had to have a c-section with Alexa, but I think I can honestly say there is no bitterness this time, I am just so blessed that everything turned out ok.
Our happy family of four