Journey Through Pregnancy with Twins and Preeclampsia
Posted On Monday, June 24, 2013 by Courtney
Well my name is Courtney and at the time I was 19 years old and found out January 2012 I was pregnant, later in January when I was 8 weeks pregnant, I found out I was pregnant with fraternal twins. I used to be a very small person but as the weeks went by I grew very fast. When I was 28 weeks pregnant I was the size of a single birth mother at 40 weeks. My pregnancy went great never had any complications at all things were going very smoothly. Oh and at 18 weeks I found out I was having two girls.
By the way my doctor never told me anything about preeclampsia at all, never read anything about it, I was completely unaware of it. On Friday August 9, 2012 I had my weekly regular check up with my dr, they told me I had some protein in my urine and I had high blood pressure, but they didn't tell me anything was wrong and they knew I was going to the hospital after my visit for my reg bi physical tests and such. I was just going along everything was normal. I went to the hospital after they did my tests and sent me home, they were unaware of the protein or my high bp.
The next day I woke up and I started having some blurry vision which I was no used to I had 20/10 vision. Well my dr office was closed so I called my mom, she told me it could have just been because of my high bp, so I thought nothing of it.
Well Sunday morning I wake up at 11:30 am, I could not see a thing, not even my hand in front of my face. I wake my husband up and tell me something is wrong and we need to go to the hospital ASAP. I get to the hospital around 12p and they check me out in the er dept first because I just thought it was my vision, they checked my bp and rushed me up to the maternity ward. The nurse checks me out finds both babies heart beats and they were both fine. At this time I was 37w and 1 day pregnant, well of course my dr was out of town for the weekend and won't be back until Monday so they call the on call dr. He checked me out I was not even 1cm dilated yet. He tells me I have severe preeclampsia and that we need to do an er c section right away, I was on the verge of having a seizure at any moment, of course getting an iv in my arm was hard enough because of how swollen I was, the day of my delivery I was 221 pounds. But the girls were delivered successfully and weighed in at 6.5 lbs and 6.11 lbs. The largest set of twins the hospital had seen in 17 years. Both babies came out fine, baby b did aspirate some fluid in her lungs during the delivery but was taken off ventilators 2 days later.
Me on the other hand still have extremely high bp of 170/130 and sometimes were even worse. Also I was anemic from the pregnancy and lost alot of blood, my blood count after was a 3. So they put me into ICU where I would have 24/7 monitoring. I could not have anyone see me at all but my husband, for risk of seizure from any stimulation. Even after they gave me the magnesium I could still see no one for 3 days, it took me 3 days to see my twins, to see anyone but my nurse and my husband. They said I could have been very close to dying from the blood loss, in total I was given 4 blood transfusions to even get my count to 11. To get out of the ICU my nurses said my bp had to be at least 140/100 to go to the regular maternity ward. On day 4 I was taken to maternity and for the most part everything was fine. I was still getting bp medication and such but recovery from the c section was longer because I could not move for the first 3 days. But everything was fine and after 7 days in the hospital I was sent home with my girls.
I was still on bp medication for 4 months just to get it back under control. Having preeclampsia was a very scary time for me and my family, I always keep thinking if my dr would have warned me about it I could have it taken care of in time before it got that bad. Oh and my vision did get back to normal after 5 days, it was really hard the first time I held my girls I could not even seen them. But I am hoping my story will educate other pregnant women and that they know what to look for so they can avoid all of this.
But it has been 10 months now and my girls are thriving and I am doing excellent so at least there was a happy ending to this story.