After three months of waiting following her miscarriage, Elizabeth Salton was ready to get pregnant. "I was a little more serious about trying again. I had read some more books. I found out by taking a pregnancy test at 2 in the morning because I couldn’t wait and I woke up my husband, he was not so excited to be woken up but I couldn’t sleep the rest of the night. I was very excited."
For Elizabeth, pregnancy after a miscarriage brought a lot of uncertainty. "Everyday can be scary and something can happen that makes you think the worse has happened."
Nurse Midwife Dawn Heaberlin says patients can call early if they are concerned. "We know mentally it is difficult, so maybe an early ultrasound to reassure them that everything seems okay at that point, but normally they are seen for their first visit at 10 weeks."
Elizabeth said she needed the reassurance. “The first loss, they determined the baby stopped growing at 8 weeks 6 days, so I was on pins and needles wanting to get past that point. I sent an email via mychart and they responded via 3 hours tops and scheduled me an ultrasound about a week out and that was really helpful so I could countdown a week from now getting my next ultrasound as opposed to, almost a month from then when I had my next appointment.”
At 19 weeks, Elizabeth found out she was having a boy. She started feeling more confident about setting up the crib and buying baby clothes. "Even still at 40 weeks, I get worried, maybe he isn’t moving enough or what if something is going wrong, you never know."
Elizabeth’s bag was packed by the door and ready to go. At 40 weeks and 40 days, it was it was almost time to meet her son. "Because of every emotion going on, it was sort of surreal, we really excited because we were going to get to meet our boy, but at the same time, I was really scared of all the work I was going to have to do. I had a really great team. I had the midwife, a nurse in there and my husband. They were all cheering me on and made me feel like I was doing a good job with every push and made me feel like I was giving it my all."
Her son Nolan was born a happy, healthy little boy. "You never know until you are actually holding your baby if everything is going to be ok. So when he came out and started screaming and everything I was holding him against me and it was a really cool feeling."
Whether you are looking to start or expand your family, McFarland Clinic can help you with the entire process. To learn more about McFarland Clinic’s OB services by visiting the obstetrics & gynecology specialty page.