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  • My Birthing Story: Maggie Wilson-Consunji

    Maggie shares her bout with post-partum depression and underscores the importance of preparing one's body for a baby.
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  • Maggie Wilson-Consunji

    Maggie Wilson-Consunji, 24 years old
    Model, host, beauty queen
    Wife to Vic; mom to Connor, 1 year old

    SP: Tell us your birthing story.
    Maggie: At around 34 weeks I was already having premature contractions so up until the 37th week I was bedridden and on medications. At 37 weeks we stopped the medications already, pero hindi pa sya lumabas. Parang tumigil na talaga 'yung contractions.

    One night on my 39th week, I woke up at around 1:30 in the morning and I thought I peed a little bit, so I went to the bathroom. When I thought I had finished, I stood up, walked a few steps, and I dripped. I thought, maybe I’m not done yet, so I go back. I stand up, and I’m still dripping. That’s when it dawned on me that my water already broke. I called my husband and he started to panic, but I told him to relax. I took a shower, knowing that I won’t be able to take a shower for a few days.

    I didn’t feel any contractions until two hours later. There was so much pain! I’m sure any woman who has ever given birth would know that. However, I was not dilating -- apparently you’re supposed to dilate a centimeter every hour -- so they gave me medications, but it wasn’t working. Ayaw nya talaga lumabas! Halfway through, they had to sedate me because I was in so much pain already.

    Twelve hours later, the doctor tells me that they have to do an emergency C-section because I’ve only dilated 3 cms thus far and my water was running out. The baby was positioned to come out, and he was trying to push down, [but the passageway wasn’t ready]. The baby’s head was swollen already, and his heart rate was dropping, stressed na sya.

    They put me on epidural. I was numb around that area but I could still feel the tugging and the pulling. When they finally took the baby out, I was worried because he didn’t cry for a while. I remember saying, “I don’t hear him crying,” and it felt like the longest minutes of my life. Finally I heard him cry, and I gave a sigh of relief. They put him on my chest to breastfeed and then I passed out.

    I gave birth to our son Connor Wilson Consunji on February 28, 2012, a leap year. He weighed 8.3 lbs and measured 23 inches in length. He was a big baby. The doctor even said, “bakit parang 1 month old na sya?”


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