It was my "due date," a Sunday. I was relaxing on the couch, watching YouTube videos about birth when I felt water trickling down my pants. I went to the bathroom to check, and there it was - amniotic fluid. To my surprise, unfortunately, the fluid wasn't clear; it was a bit green. I knew this meant that there was meconium in the water (the baby had pooped inside, indicating he had been in some sort of distress at some point). This also meant that any expectations of a normal birth were out the window. When there's meconium in the amniotic fluid, certain protocols need to be followed: antibiotics every 8 hours, regular CTG scans to ensure the baby is okay, and an induction if nothing starts on its own within the next 12-24 hours. So, in that moment, I knew I had to fully surrender to what it was (even more than I had planned). I told my husband to call the hospital and let them know we were coming to get me checked. I took a shower, made sure I had packed everything I would need, and 30 minutes later, we were off to the hospital.
My birth story
Updated: Aug 6