Sunday, December 3, 2017

Birth Story

Two years ago John and I decided we wanted to extend our family with another little person. Being diabetic I knew I had to seek medical advice to prepare myself and my body for the long journey ahead. Each appointment filled with heartache it broke me to think of the impact my illness could have on our baby. Not to mention the risk of miscarriage and still birth. The first we had to make sure was my hbA1C came back below 8 that was my target to get the go ahead to start trying and maintain a healthy pregnancy. After a month of healthy eating and exercise I manged to get a reading of 5.3 which my consultant said was amazing. While trying to conceive I worked relentlessly at maintaining low blood sugars. I had a very small window of 5.3-7.8 before and after meals.

Up till 31 weeks pregnant I had a textbook pregnancy, everything was going perfect every scan the baby was measuring perfectly and everything was right on track for delivery at 37 weeks. Then came my 31 week scan and appointment. My scan was perfect she was measuring a little bit smaller than expected. After sitting down and going over my blood sugars for the past two weeks my consultant noticed I was having hypos, which straight away raised red flags with the diabetic team. They agreed I could go home as long as I rang the nurse if there was any change. Monday came around (my appointments were on Friday) and I started passing out blood sugars of 1.2 after every meal. Why was I so sensitive to insulin when my body should need more? I was admitted into hospital and given steroids to prepare to deliver baby at any moment. After 4 days in intensive care, I was allowed to go home on bed rest with my insulin reduced by more than half. I had CTG every day to make sure baby was doing okay. The many concerns at this stage was that my placenta was giving up and would stop working and god forbid our baby would not make it. I then went on to experience reduced movements some days taking hours to get her to move. I couldn’t tell you the amount of tears I cried, the times I felt so helpless and at fault. My body was doing everything it shouldn’t be. I was booked a scan to check placenta and then told to go on CTG while the doctor reviewed it. I remember this day like it was yesterday, when I saw my consultants and diabetic nurse walk into my room I knew something wasn’t right. They simply told me a c section had been booked as Olivia was better out than in her chances of still birth were over 50%. (at this stage my body was too weak to delivery naturally with so many hypos) The plan was to admit me into hospital and I would have a section three days later when I turned 34 weeks. Over the next couple of days I was faced with so much guilt, I kept thinking what did I do wrong why was my body doing this? I couldn’t help but become more and more anxious as the day became closer. I burst into tears every time I spoke to a doctor. I met with the baby doctor had a tour of NICU where I was told to expect her to stay for the next four to six weeks.

On the….
25th October 2017
At 12.11pm
Olivia Rose Ribeiro
Entered this world screaming by planned section
Weighing 5lbs 8oz and 45cm of perfection.

Our little miracle overcame every obstacle quicker than expected at 24 hours old, her and me were reunited and in our own room. She didn’t need her four to six weeks in the NICU. The team of nurses up there are amazing I put my heart in there hands for 24 hours and every time I wanted to go see her or know how she was doing, they were always there to reassure us. On Sunday 29th October we came home and started our new life as a family of four.
Our hearts are so full, she’s perfect worth every single tear and bit of pain.
I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

Hope everyone is well I cant wait to get back into blogging, what’s everyone been up to?



  1. Oh Tania. Literally laying here sobbing. Olivia is so beautiful. I am so glad you’re both ok. Love ya xxxxxxx so glad you’re back blogging I have missed your posts!!!

    1. She really is a stunner!

      Thank you, feels so nice to be back to writing! xxx

  2. Oh my I have tears in my eyes! She is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy every minute and welcome back to blogging lovely!

    Sarah | xx

  3. Oh god, this story gave me goosebumps Tania! I'm so sorry that you went through all that upset and stress but I'm so glad that little Olivia is well; she's so beautiful and precious and I'm sure you feel tremendously lucky! xx

  4. Oh my god Tania, I'm so glad everything was okay and worked out well in the end. I was so nervous reading this but it sounds like it was completely worth it, congratulations! She is absolutely gorgeous! Xx

    Kristy |

  5. Olivia is such a beautiful little girl! I can't imagine the worries and anxieties that you went through in the latter stages of your pregnancy, but this little superstar has obviously pulled through and is a really happy and healthy baby! I'm sure you couldn't be prouder of her and that Emma is delighted to have a little sister to spend Christmas with!

    Abbey 😇


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