In September of 1993, I found out I was expecting my first child. I was only 20 at the time, but this was truly the happiest moment of my life.
Unfortunately, my OBGYN was a whole nother story. I had always been overweight and the first few months of my pregnancy, I was a bit careless about watching my diet.
My doctor told me that if I continued to gain weight, I would need to have a cesarean section because I could not naturally give birth to a baby that weighed more than 8 pounds. My cervix was too small and it just wasn’t happening.
He would even yell at me during my appointments and this brought me to tears every time I walked out of his office. Finally, he put me on an 1800 calorie diet and I stuck to it from month 5 until I gave birth.
I was originally due to give birth on May 24th, 1994, but that day and several more passed right on by with no signs of labor. My OBGYN scheduled me to come in early in the morning on June 1st, 1994 and that day my labor was induced.
I was induced with a Pitocin IV from 7AM until 4PM and never felt a single contraction. The contractions could be seen on the monitor, but I felt nothing.
The next day they started inducing me at 8AM and within an hour or so, those contractions hit full force. However, I had only dilated to 4 several hours later.
At 3:30PM, the nurse broke my water. The contractions were horrible by now and I was so ready to get this baby out! Still, I could not dilate above 4 centimeters.
The decision was then made to give me an epidural and deliver my baby by c-section. At 4:24PM on June 2, 1994, I officially became a mom. My beautiful son weighed 9 pounds and 12 1/2 ounces and measured 22 inches long.
Being pregnant was not so fun for me because I constantly worried that I would gain weight and my doctor would hand me my records and tell me to find another doctor. He had made that threat, so I was very afraid he would do it. But, once my son was born, the only feeling I knew was absolute joy. He was my first true love and he still is now 25 years later.