Like a scene from an ’80s romantic movie, Amy Mclennan, 34 weeks ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, stands at the ᴇɴᴛʀᴀɴᴄᴇ of Kmart, water running down her feet and filling her shoes. In utter sʜᴏᴄᴋ, the mother-of-one ᴛʀᴏᴛᴛᴇᴅ to the nearest barn, the water continuing to drip and her mind reeling. Amy knew it was too early to have a baby.
Like a scene from a movie
After an eventful ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, Amy Mclennan hopes the final weeks will be smooth sailing. Already a mother to a three-year-old, Amy and her husband Khy had to go through a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ, as well as ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴇɴᴅᴏᴍᴇᴛʀɪᴏsɪs. Ovulation pills helped them get ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ a second time. But Amy was ᴘʟᴀɢᴜᴇᴅ by ɴᴀᴜsᴇᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜʏᴘᴇʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴠɪᴛʏ.
She has been on crutches for 20 weeks and was even forced to use a wheelchair at one point. But after 34 weeks, Amy could see the finish line. Until her water ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ prematurely. “My waters ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ 34 weeks before Kmart. When the books say “the water ʙʀᴇᴀᴋs like in the movies” I’m sure it is,” Amy told Mum’s Grapevine.
“Walk 100 meters to the toilet with water running down my feet into my shoes, lacing back like I was the ugly little sister from the Cinderella prom!” Arriving early while her early labor had stopped, that means Amy is now just in a hospital bed until her due date. “They explained that this could last 24 hours or five weeks. It was difficult and emotional knowing that I would be away from my daughter for a long time.
“On the fifth day of my confinement in the hospital, I was allowed to go out on a ‘trip’ with my family for three hours. Within an hour, I was back in the hospital feeling ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴀɴᴅ sɪᴄᴋ. The nurses put the monitors on for four hours (I knew something was wrong) and then my ᴏʙsᴛᴇᴛʀɪᴄɪᴀɴ walked in and said, “Rightio, we’re having a baby tonight – let’s get started”. Amy and Khy prepare for part c, but this quickly turns into an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ with the baby’s ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʀᴀᴛᴇ sᴏᴀʀɪɴɢ.
But the brave mother overcame it all in her walk.
“Honestly it was the best experience of my life. So calm and peaceful (apart from the spinal block). Even knowing who would be in intensive care at 35 weeks, Khy and I both felt very calm and comfortable with the ᴏʙsᴛᴇᴛʀɪᴄɪᴀɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴇᴅɪᴀᴛʀɪᴄɪᴀɴ. Before long, our beautiful Pippa was pulled from my belly.
Amy said that despite the difficult ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ and birth, she still feels lucky and happy. And she also has some sage advice for other expecting moms. “PACK YOUR BAG! My hospital bag was not packed due to second baby sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ!”
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