The Story Of How I Gave Birth To Our Son

The story of how I gave birth to our son. It was early Thursday at 2 am when I woke up and could not sleep. I had my usual pregnancy discomforts, and my body felt perfectly okay. On this day, I did not bother going downstairs to study or do other things as I usually do when I wake early. Instead, I chose to stay in bed, as I knew I would spend the entire day writing a 24-hour essay.

Before Axel left to work at 6 am, I told him that I was experiencing mensuration like cramps, but it did not cause so much alarm. I wanted to take a nap since I planned to wake up at 8 am and prepare myself to write the essay. The cramps kept annoying me and thirty minutes after Axel drove to work, I decided to wake up. For some reasons, I packed my hospital bag, took a shower and even put a small amount of makeup. I did all this to keep myself busy and forget the annoying cramps that were now spreading around my lower back.

At 7:30 am, I had a quick toilet visit, which was part of my routine as I started to pee quite often during the third trimester. I noticed that I lost my mucus plug. My first reaction was “sh*t I am giving birth now.” I called Axel and told him what happened and promised him to call the delivery ward to ensure that things were ok. The midwife on the phone said to me that labor doesn’t necessarily have to begin right away after losing the mucus plug. It can take hours, a day or even more days. While still on the phone, my water broke at 8 am. She advised me to drive to the hospital as soon as possible. Axel rushed back home from work and off we drove to the hospital.

I was admitted immediately as our little guy had pooed before my water broke. They had to keep an eye on his heart rate and ensure that he did not get an infection. During labor, I got a fever and was on antibiotics for hours. Suddenly, his heart rate fell, and the room was full of doctors. One of them took a blood test from his head. They had to find out if he had enough energy to survive a vaginal birth or if they had to schedule me for a cesarian. And luckily, he could.

It was at 7 pm when I started to have an overwhelming urge to push. My vagina felt as if it was burning, as the head was now on its way out. At this point, my screams were getting louder. I was beyond exhausted and also starting to have zero faith in myself. I felt like I was unable to push due to pain. And, instead of pushing like I was having a bowel moment, I strained my upper body and ended up with blood shots on both my eyes. After pushing for what felt like the longest time of my life, Leo Bastholm was born at 20:45. I still remember how shocked I was, when I first saw him. I was in denial that he was finally here with us. Due to the fever I had, we got hospitalized for a few days.

Leo is now one month old today. Axel and my mom are helpful, and I can get small breaks from breastfeeding, as it takes longer to breastfeed him. I also go for short walks on my own or take long baths when necessary. The biggest challenge so far for me, is trying to be a mom, be there for my husband, write semester project and avoid growing grey hair and wrinkles. There is so much to learn and get used to as a first-time mom. But, we are taking one day at a time.

Thank you for reading! Talk soon, again.

Pictures takes by Axel on his phone

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Birth - Twenty7bymichelle
Birth - Twenty7bymichelle
Birth - Twenty7bymichelle
Birth - Twenty7bymichelle
Birth - Twenty7bymichelle
Michelle Bastholm

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  1. Florie
    May 2, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    wow congrats mama and wish you well with the baby

    • Jessica
      May 2, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      I remember the feeling of pushing like it was yesterday😂😂 Reading you while my son is playing here in front of me, make me feel like doing all this over again (without the pain) but it’s also the biggest part and you better clap yourself on the shoulder mama💪🏾
      Oooh I could keep writing for sure, but I just want to say welcome to baby Leo and congratulation to you parents.

      • May 3, 2019 / 9:16 pm

        I’m reading your comment and I’m just here thinking that I’m not ready for doing this all over again. Still in pain and I’m not fully healed, so I guess it will take time to say the same thing like you do. I feel proud of myself and every other woman out there for being a super mom. Thank You! 😍😊

  2. Wanjiku
    May 3, 2019 / 11:00 pm

    Aw Michelle what a handsome little man!. I mean look at that little face😍😍. Omg his birth story when i read the fever part my heart skipped abit!, oh my you are such a strong woman. I am happy you did not have CS and that you are having a great support system. I can’t believe he is a month old already 😍😍. Congrats once again ❤️

    • May 4, 2019 / 11:00 pm

      Oh, Thank you so much! Labor contractions are not a joke but I’m glad that I was surrounded by a great team of doctors and midwife. I’m also glad that I did not have CS. Time flies away. I can’t believe he’s one month already ❤️❤️

  3. May 4, 2019 / 11:25 am

    This post put a smile on my face. I was literally feeling the pains as I was reading your birth story. Well done mama, you did it. I have no idea how but you did. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. I have no doubt that you will be an amazing mum.x

    • May 4, 2019 / 11:02 pm

      Birth is painful! The kinda pain that I know it’s all worthy it. I don’t know how I did it but I am happy I did it. The woman body is capable of many things, and I appreciate it so much. Thank you for the sweet words 😍

  4. Judy Mbaha
    June 13, 2019 / 10:54 pm

    I have read this post with this expression 🤯🤯 I have not yet experienced this and every time I think about it🤔🤔🤔 hehehe I find myself postponing 😱😱😱

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