AGAINST THE ODDS

Your Baby & Toddler - - Your Voice - TANYA DE BEER

Af­ter our first son was born we thought that fall­ing preg­nant again would be easy – but only af­ter seven years of try­ing did we get that pos­i­tive preg­nancy test. Sadly, eight weeks into the preg­nancy the baby stopped grow­ing and died. We were heart­bro­ken and just couldn’t be­lieve that this was hap­pen­ing af­ter wait­ing so long for a baby. But we kept on try­ing and eight months af­ter los­ing our lit­tle baby I was preg­nant again. Our hap­pi­ness was cut short when at eight weeks I ex­pe­ri­enced bleed­ing. Af­ter con­sult­ing the doc­tor I was put on bed rest, as he did not know what was caus­ing the bleed­ing. At 11 weeks the bleed­ing started again and we thought we were go­ing to lose this lit­tle baby too. Af­ter more bed rest all the prob­lems stopped, and ev­ery­thing started go­ing well un­til 31 weeks. Dur­ing a baby care sem­i­nar it felt like I had wet my­self, but when I went to the bath­room it was blood – and a lot of it. I called out for my hus­band that some­thing was very wrong and the peo­ple at the sem­i­nar helped us to get to hos­pi­tal. I was in preterm labour and it didn’t look good for our tiny baby. They man­aged to stop the labour and I spent a week in hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing sent home for more bed rest. We made it to full term be­fore our baby boy was born, but he was im­me­di­ately put into the NICU be­cause he had fluid on his lungs. It was a mir­a­cle when we took our boy home af­ter four days in the NICU. Af­ter a bout of neona­tal jaun­dice at three days and an al­lergy scare at four months (he’s al­ler­gic to eggs, which he was ex­posed to through my breast­milk), we can fi­nally say that our lit­tle boy is a happy and healthy eight-month-old to­day. We truly be­lieve he is our an­gel sent to us from above.

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