Posted: November 3, 2013
Throughout pregnancy, you try and take extra precautions to make sure your baby is safe and healthy. You exercise, eat right, eliminate caffeine and alcohol, get plenty of rest, drink more water, etc. You prepare for your baby’s arrival by setting up the nursery, purchasing clothes, installing the car seat, and having a baby shower. You think you are doing everything right and you are ready for your baby’s arrival… until the unexpected happens.
My unexpected event was pretty scary. I was 34 weeks pregnant and on my way home from work. I was stopped at a red light and once it turned green, I started crossing a big intersection heading south. Just as I was almost across the intersection, another vehicle coming from the west, T-boned me on my front passenger side. My seat belt instantly tightened around my pregnant belly, my air bag went off, and my mind started spinning. Was my baby OK? Did she break a bone? Did she snap her neck? Did I bruise the placenta? Am I bleeding? I was in so much pain around the lower part of my belly that I was certain something had to have happened to her. Then I started to worry about if I was going to need to deliver her! Yes, her nursery is ready, clothes are washed and in her dresser, car seat bases were in the vehicles… but are we really ready?
Fortunately, I had so many wonderful people stop to make sure I was ok, check on the other vehicle, and call in the accident. Before I knew it, there were five Sheriff vehicles, two ambulances and a fire truck at the scene in no time. The other two passengers needed to be taken out of their vehicles via stretchers and taken to the hospital by ambulance. My husband was a few minutes away when the accident happened, so he drove me to the hospital to check on our baby.
At the hospital, they ran a pre-term labor exam, checked to see if I was dilated, took blood, did an ultrasound and monitored me for almost five hours. My exam came back negative, I was dilated to one, they didn’t see any infant cells in my blood, and everything looked good in the ultrasound. She didn’t break any bones, she passed her stress test, and the placenta looked healthy as well. After being monitored, I was clear to head home. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were!
I was very sore after the accident and continued to be for quite a few days later. Dark bruises started to appear around my belly from the seat belt, my neck was very stiff and I had a hard time moving around. I just kept telling myself that it was all worth it because my baby girl was still kicking. Within four to five days, I was starting to feel like myself again. I had a routine checkup a week after the accident and our little girl was still measuring on track and had a very strong heartbeat. We were so blessed!
I am still very emotional about it as I sit here writing this exactly two weeks later. It was such a scary time and we truly had God’s hand over us. It was a miracle that our little girl was unharmed and that I was able to walk away from it all with just some bruises. I will admit we have better prepared ourselves for her arrival and I now double check both ways as I cross a road on a green light!
Needless to say, we can try our best to make sure our babies are safe and healthy. We can prepare for their arrivals as best as we can. We can create a birth plan and envision how our delivery is going to go. But all in all, we truly have no control over when or how they are going to come. And honestly, will we ever truly be ready?