Things were not getting any better and on that night Nicole woke up as she couldn’t sleep. Her entire bed was drenched, and she realized her water had broke. This was more than four weeks before her due date. What was going on?
Her due date we January 30th and they were still a few days before the new year. Nicole was uneased and Matt called their midwife.
Things Were Going Downhill
A few days before Christmas, Nicole started to feel unwell. She wasn't sleeping properly and was down with the flu. She was heavily pregnant and this was the last thing she needed. Talk about bad timing!
Nicole thought how unfortunate she was for catching the flu just weeks before planning to give birth and never in a million years could she imagine how things were going to change. The flu she was suffering from was going to turn into the last thing on her mind.
The regular pregnancy body changes she went through didn't worry her. She felt nauseous and tired and suffered from severe stomach cramps. All this didn't bother her as she knew it was normal and that most women go through these things.
A few days later on the Friday of that week, Nicole felt really bad. It wasn't just regular pregnancy symptoms and knew that something was going on.
A Change of Plans
Nicole comprehended that the pain she was going through the last few days was in fact contractions. She was 36 weeks pregnant and although she was planning on giving birth in a natural environment in her home, she knew she had to change her plans and go to the hospital.
They decided to go to Gerber Hospital in Fremont. Their midwife was familiar with the place and overall it had a good reputation. They were also known for encouraging natural births as much as possible.
Preparing for the Worse
Giving Birth is indeed one of the greatest wonders of life. No matter how many lectures you listen to or how many books and articles you read, when it's money time, you can never truly be prepared. There isn't a manual for being a parent, and there are no easy ways or shortcuts along the way.
Labor is one of those times when your body is stronger than your wishes and you have no choice but to go with the flow and listen to what your body needs. Nicole was apprehended, however, still concerned and worried. She didn't know what was ahead.