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12.16.2017

Unexpected: Aidan's Birth Story (Part 2)

After consulting with my ob-gyn, we decided that I would be induced on Saturday right on the Week 34 mark, since I had nearly no amniotic fluid left and the risk of an infection would outweigh the benefits of keeping him inside me once we went past the date. 

On Wednesday night, after two nights in the hospital, my sense of calm had given way to restlessness and I had to get up to use the toilet every hour. By the time morning broke, I had zero sleep and was completely exhausted. While I felt the pressure on my pelvis intensifying, the monitor never picked up any contractions, which was confusing. The doctor suspected I could have a urinary tract infection and ordered a urine test as well as a bowel ultrasound to see if something was amiss, but both tests came back negative.
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