New mother who suffered five miscarriages reveals joy of giving birth
New mother, 24, who battled depression after suffering five miscarriages reveals joy of fulfilling her dream to become a parent after giving birth to a healthy baby girl
- Danielle Wilson, 24, from Peterborough, battled depression after miscarriages
- Was devastated as she struggled to become a mother after losing five babies
- When she fell pregnant again she was ‘expecting something to go wrong’
- Was overjoyed to welcome her daughter Georgia into the world on March 16
A new mother who went through the heartbreak of losing five babies in her desperate journey to become a mum finally has reason to smile – after she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.
Danielle Wilson, 24, from Peterborough, was left battling depression after she suffered five devastating miscarriages as she desperately tried to fulfil her dream of becoming a mum.
When the mortgage underwriter fell pregnant for a sixth time, she and her partner Edward Painter, 32, prepared themselves for more heartbreak.
But she was overjoyed when she gave birth to daughter Georgia on March 16, saying: ‘If I hadn’t gone through all that, I wouldn’t have had her today so it was all worth it.’
Danielle Wilson, 24, from Peterborough, has revealed her joy after welcoming a baby girl after suffering five miscarriages (pictured, at her baby shower with her partner Edward Painter, 32,)
The new mother battled depression after suffering five miscarriages (pictured, a baby grow for ‘rainbow baby’ Georgia
Danielle had her first miscarriage in March 2016, at almost six weeks and says the doctors weren’t alarmed as it was only her first one.
Sadly, a few months later, in October 2016, she experienced the second one and although she was devastated she still didn’t have any medical explanation.
Danielle fell pregnant again but in July 2018 she had another miscarriage- it was then when she started getting worried and decided to look more into it.
Danielle said: ‘The first time I was only about six weeks when I started bleeding- the doctors weren’t worried because it was my first miscarriage.
Georgia revealed how she was left overjoyed after giving birth to baby Georgia in March of this year
Danielle said her daughter is now ‘doing great’ and described the little girl as ‘very sassy and clingy’
‘I had only known for about a week when I had the pregnancy test so it was quite a wild ride from being happy to ‘this has happened’ – It was very hard for me.’
Danielle explained: ‘The second time it was the same scenario again, I got all happy when I had the pregnancy test, I didn’t really learn from my past mistake and I told all my family because I didn’t think it was going to happen again.’
But she was left devastated and disappointed by the reaction of medical professionals.
She said: ‘Doctors don’t run any tests until you have three miscarriages- I was just told “It’s common, one of those things”.
Danielle and Ed dreamed of becoming parents together, but were left devastated by five miscarriages
The couple were left feeling lost after Danielle suffered five miscarriages in a matter of a few years, and were desperate for answers
‘At that point I started to notice a pattern and I was apprehensive – apparently it’s quite common to happen the first time but surely not common to happen again and again.
‘The next time I took the pregnancy test at four weeks and at six I miscarried again so I knew there was a problem with me.
‘My miscarriages made me feel like a complete failure as a woman, like I could not do what I should be able to do.
‘Especially as Ed has two lovely little girls from a previous relationship, although he knew what I had been through as we had been friends for years, it still devastated me that I may not be able to give him what another woman could.’
Danielle ended up taking over 20 pregnancy tests after falling pregnant for a sixth time, and said she was terrified of miscarrying again
Danielle was amazed when she fell pregnant again, but said she started to feel more calm when they found out they were having a girl
Danielle revealed how she relaxed as she passed the six week mark and her pregnancy continued
Danielle asked her GP to refer her to the miscarriage clinic at her local hospital but she says it was ‘disappointing’ and got told she is young and ‘it’s just one of those things’.
She said: ‘The doctor asked me some questions and followed up with “You’re young and healthy, there’s no reason to believe there is anything wrong, it’s probably just one of those things-you may not have even been pregnant, they could have been false positives”- I just sat there, mortified.
‘The miscarriage clinic was in the maternity ward so I was surrounded by pregnant women as well, which was awful.
‘I felt so lost, I thought we were going to get the answers we so desperately wanted.
Danielle revealed how it ‘finally hit her’ that she was pregnant as she reached the 35 weeks mark (pictured, nearing the end of her pregnancy as her bump grew)
‘In a way I was hoping something was wrong with me so they could fix it, it was frustrating seeing all the results coming back fine. ‘
After a long research she ended up booking her first appointment, at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Birmingham Women’s Hospital a charity that helps people who have experienced miscarriage and stillbirth – meanwhile she has had yet another miscarriage in October 2018.
Danielle and Ed had their first appointment in December 2018 and after several tests, scans and participation in trial research, they were prescribed progesterone and Danielle got pregnant- unfortunately it resulted in the fifth miscarriage in February 2019.
A few months later after more scans, progesterone from a positive ovulation test was what actually worked.
WHAT IS PROGESTERONE?
Progesterone is a hormone that is secreted by the corpus luteum, a temporary endocrine gland that the female body produces after ovulation.
It prepares the body for the possibility of pregnancy after ovulation.
It causes a thickening of the uterus lining to allow for an egg to embed into the wall.
After a woman’s cycle is completed and they are not pregnant the gland breaks down and the menstrual cycle begins.
If a woman does become pregnant the chemical continues to be produced to maintain the layer and provide oxygen to the developing fetus.
Said to be ‘oestrogen’s cousin’ or the ‘relaxing hormone’, is thought to help to maintain pregnancy.
It is not typically prescribed on the NHS in the UK unless a woman has three or more miscarriages in a row.
If progesterone levels are too low with regard to estrogen levels, a woman will experience sleep disturbances, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, breast swelling, breast tenderness, and itching, bloating, sweating, loss of memory, and loss of libido.
Despite its widespread use in pregnancy the hormone has also been shown to promote nerve, blood vessel, and bone tissue repair.
This has therefore brought around applications in tissue regeneration.
The couple was hesitant to believe they were going to become parents after a positive pregnancy test in July 2019.
Danielle added: ‘Dr Craciunas was amazing, he was determined to find out what was going on with me and he did.
‘The first weekend in July, Ed and I had a wonderful mini break in London of which Ed proposed and for a while everything else that had been going on didn’t matter, we were in our own little bubble.
‘That bubble was popped when I got a positive pregnancy test a few days later We were just waiting for bad news again.’
She said: ‘We were past being excited when we saw those two lines, all we now felt was heartache of what could happen again’
Danielle said she felt an ‘overhwelming feeling of love’ as soon as her daughter was placed on her chest (pictured, with Ed)
‘When we went for a scan and we heard a heartbeat, we knew she was there.’
She explained: ‘I started feeling more calm after the 20 week scan when we found out she is a girl. When I got to 35 weeks I think it hit me, it was finally happening.’
But amazingly, little Georgia entered the world on March 16, weighing 7lb 10oz.
Danielle said: ‘The overwhelming feeling of love when she was placed on my chest is something I simply cannot describe, it’s a feeling like no other.
Danielle said she had never expected to experience welcoming a baby after suffering five miscarriages (pictured, Georgia in hospital)
Danielle continued: ‘It’s something I never knew if I would get to experience. It was quite nerve-wrecking because when I got to six weeks I was expecting something to go wrong.
‘And even my family couldn’t get excited anymore because of all the miscarriages before.
‘It’s a horrible feeling when you take a pregnancy test and as much as you want a baby, are dreading what’s coming because you end up thinking it might happen again – the paranoia never leaves you.
‘We are just so happy that we finally have our little family.’
Danielle said she was so proud of herself after giving birth following her five tragic miscarriages
She revealed how her daughter already ‘loves cuddles’ and is a ‘sassy, clingy’ baby (pictured, Ed with his daughter in hospital)
Three days later, Danielle and Ed welcomed their new baby home to join their family.
Danielle said: ‘I can’t describe the feeling when I saw her for the first time, I had this overwhelming feeling of love.
‘I was so proud of myself especially after everything we’ve been through.’
‘Taking her home was amazing, putting her in the car seat just didn’t seem real, I was so happy.
Danielle revealed how her daughter ‘loves food’ and is ‘doing great’, with the new mother saying she’s happier than ever
‘She is doing great now, she is very sassy and clingy but I don’t mind because that means I get more cuddles.
‘She is over 9 lbs now, she loves her food.’
She added: ‘My advice to other couples struggling would be to make sure you speak about it and don’t give up hope- there is always someone who will help you, I was lucky to find that someone.’
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