Brian and I are so happy to announce the birth of our precious little girl, Adaline Elizabeth Sicher. She was born at 10:52am on Saturday July 8th, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 19 1/2″ long. I might be slightly biased but she is simply the most beautiful little girl I’ve ever seen. While we couldn’t be more in love with this little nugget, I find it hard to share our happy news without reliving the last month that has gotten us here.
After a month of unrelentless itching in my hands and feet, I was diagnosed with Chloestasis of Pregnancy on June 26 at 34 weeks. Chloestasis affects the bile acid levels in my liver, causing them to back up in my blood. This back up causes the most intense itching you could ever imagine all over but mine made its home in my hands, legs and feet. This back up then can be transferred to the baby through the umbilical cord. The elevated bile acid levels cause stress to the babies liver and can result in fetal distress and stillbirth after 37 weeks.
I was admitted to the hospital that day. Countless nights in the hospital, three OBGYNS, two sonograms and one high risk specialty OBGYN later, we were set to plan an early delivery at 36 weeks and 4 days. I hung out in the hospital with constant fetal monitoring that last Friday. Our poor baby didn’t pass her non-stress test and wasn’t moving very well. Our team of doctors decided for me to be immediately induced into labor.
After a whirl wind of 23 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, our little premie was born. We feel so lucky that she only had to spend the mandatory minimum of 6 hours in the NICU before being allowed to be with us. She spent 5 days in the postpartum unit before being transferred to pediatrics for another 3 days. Other than nice case of Jaundice that had to be treated with the photo light therapy, Adaline is a happy and healthy little girl.
The last month of pregnancy has probably been the most stressful, nerve racking experience of my life. We were faced with tons of scary information, lots of decisions and stressful unknowns. I could not be more thankful for the endless love and support from our friends and family.
Knowledge is power and hopefully by sharing our birth story we can help save a baby from a very scary disease. My doctor didn’t address my itching for over a month, and simply put me on a low dose allergy medicine. You must advocate for yourself- no one else will. Do not let your instincts be brushed aside. I did tons of research trying to figure out what was wrong with my body. I demanded my doctor take my symptoms seriously. If you experience intense itching in your hands and feet, especially at night while you’re pregnant please bring it up to your doctor. I can’t imagine what could have happened if I waited any longer to fight for myself and Adaline. We came so close to a very different outcome.
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Also a giant ‘THANK YOU’ to Natalie from White Elm Photography. Natalie is so talented and captured the days after Adaline arrived perfectly with her Fresh 48 photos! If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, I couldn’t say enough good things about her! A special thank you to the entire labor and delivery team at Genesis Healthcare. I felt like I got to know each and every one of you during my month long stay with you guys. I’m not sure we would have made it through our journey without your love and care. Room 2156 almost felt like home after a while! Check out more of White Elm’s photography with my Pink Blush Maternity photos and the GE Maternity giveaway!
We feel so lucky to have a wonderful little girl in our lives. Welcome to the world, little Adaline!
Until Next Time,