A mom shares her story of motherhood. After trying to become pregnant for five years, the glorious day finally came. But soon after, some worrying news from a doctor made for an extremely anxiety-ridden pregnancy and birth. This is Ashley C’s tale of motherhood.
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Community member Ashley C. writes:
Finding out I was pregnant was the best day of my life. My husband and I tried for 5 years. Surgeries, procedures, and medications. Nothing worked. We were looking into IVF and had just met with the IVF doctor. To our surprise we were pregnant! We were so excited!!
We were getting ready to move (military). I couldn’t wait to get to our next place and see the doctor! We had to wait until I was 10 weeks for the first appointment. The day finally came! We got to see our little miracle baby! Baby looked perfect.
They sent me for blood work after. A week later I was asked to come back. I found out I was a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis so they needed to test my husband. He went and got tested. They told us it would be a week. I went home to visit family. While I was home I missed the call from the doctor. Of course, she left a voicemail telling me to call back Monday… it was Friday. That weekend was horrible. I couldn’t sleep because i needed to know.
I called Monday and the nurse couldn’t tell me anything. They said the doctor would call back. She didn’t until the next day. My husband was positive with the same mutation. I was devastated.
We had to be sent to a maternal-fetal specialist. I denied the amino because no matter what we would love our baby. They told us our son had a 25% chance he would have CF, 50% chance he would be a carrier, and 25% chance he would be negative.
Fast forward a few months, the movie Five Feet Apart, the Cystic Fibrosis movie, is about to come out (March 15th my due date). I was depressed. Thought it was a bad sign.
I went in on the 14th for my induction. It was rough. Needed an emergency C-section after 21 hours due to a prolapsed cord. Baby was perfect at birth. But now we had to wait for blood test results on him.
It took 2.5 long weeks… but his tests came back negative! Our baby boy was perfect. The stress was worth it. But sadly he will be our only child due to the chance of Cystic Fibrosis.– Ashley C.
Thank you so much for sharing your story of pregnancy and motherhood with us, Ashley C! We hope other moms find it as inspiring, relatable, and helpful as we do. Lastly, we wish you the best of luck on your continuing motherhood journey.
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