Last Chapter

Natasha had planned to work till the last day and often joked that she might need to go to the hospital from office itself. They would laugh it off. She was tired of answering questions from all the people in office about when is her D-day. She was 36 weeks pregnant and still attending office by taking regular rest and diet.

14 September,2015

Natasha had just had her lunch in cafeteria when she felt a sudden abdominal pain. She drank water and practiced her meditation exercises.

The pain came and went at regular intervals through the next 20 minutes, by then she could no longer tolerate it. Natasha informed her friends to take to her to the hospital and feared for the worst.

Thankfully, her doctor was consultant at the hospital near the office. She was taken to the hospital in the stand-by office ambulance. The blaring siren was causing her dizziness and she was feeling short of breath. She could also feel irregular contractions. The baby’s movement also seemed irregular.

By every passing second the contractions felt stronger and painful. She was wheeled into the emergency and taken straight to the labor room. The doctor examined her and Cardiotocography(CTG) was started to monitor baby’s heartbeat and her contractions. 

Her ambulance was followed by a trail of cars with her friends in them. They were excited and were sure of baby’s arrival on the same day. By this time, Ananth had also arrived at the hospital and was greeted by super active friends. He was worried and looking for answers.

‘Doc, the term is not complete. Baby is not supposed to come today. Are they fine?’, asked perplexed Ananth.

‘We are monitoring Natasha and will let you know when we have an update. You can visit her in the room. But, ask your friends to stay quiet. ‘, said the doctor.

The minutes turned into an hour and Ananth was getting impatient. Meanwhile, in the labor room Natasha was equally worried.

‘I can’t feel the baby kicks.’, Natasha told her attendant.

‘The CTG shows regular movements and heartbeat. Relax and take a deep breath. Do not stress so much.’, advised the attendant.

After an hour, Ananth met Natasha and by then she was feeling better. The contractions had subsided and she could feel the baby kicks again. Her health was monitored for four hours and then declared fit to go home.

‘But why did it happen?’, asked Natasha.

‘It was a case of Braxton Hicks contraction. You were in false labor, pretty common so far in pregnancy. You were stressed and thus unable to feel the baby’s kicks. You and baby both are fine.’, explained the doctor. 

Natasha had read about it but had not expected to experience it herself. She chuckled as she looked back at the day. Ananth and Natasha were tired by the time they reached home and slept early.

Natasha took the next few days off from work because she could no longer answer people’s question about how many ‘X’ days left to go!

——–To be contd.——–

I am participating in #AtoZChallenge and this is twenty-third part of the series that I will be writing this month. You can read my theme reveal here. Tune in tomorrow to read what future holds for them.

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