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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby laura » Thu Jan 01, 2004 11:25 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Jan 01, 2004 11:25 pm

Yup, Catherine, I sure do understand the desire to quit while ahead with these little ones- I hit 33 weeks, and I was like- aren't we done yet? I KNOW she can get oxygen on the outside. The idea that I was chronically depriving my baby of oxygen really upset me. That oligo is not something I'd like to repeat.

It is especially distressing to me to consider how much trouble hypertension can cause our little ones.

Pregnant readers out there- don't let it spook you, though. Different people react differently to different levels of pressures, and the whole thing is influenced by all kinds of different things- like how the placenta forms, how much your blood volume increases, etc.

These are things that CAN happen, but doesn't necessarily mean that they will. True oligo, I think, is in less than 4% of pregnancies and oligo severe enough to deliver (less than 5cm) is less than 1%. Catherine, Nancy, and I are just plain lucky, I guess. I only wish that luck carried over to lotteries, raffle tickets, inheritances, etc...[:p]

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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby season » Fri Jan 02, 2004 07:56 am

by season (1416 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 07:56 am

Oligo can be due to things other than Hypertension, as well. I have a friend who had low fluid in both her pregnancies, but all else was fine. Her first was also worse than her second. She had a scheduled c-section because due to the low fluid her daughter remained breech the whole time.

Also, a warning to all of you who I've noticed saying (not just in this thread either) that oh by 33 or 34 weeks the baby will be fine. While some babies do great, and breathe on their own, not all are ready for this. My son was not fine at 34 weeks. He was put on a repsirator, and as a result transferred to a different hospital. Fortunately 2 years later he's doing great, but his start was far from easy. If your child is still doing well inside then it IS best that the doctors choose to keep waiting, even though the waiting is hard.

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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby catherine » Fri Jan 02, 2004 08:54 am

by catherine (2832 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 08:54 am

SueAnn is dead right! My pediatrician friend always says that by 32 weeks you can expect a good longterm outcome... HOWEVER.. that comes at the end of a protracted and scary time in NICU, lots of heartache and money.

It is kind of ironic don't you think. Bedresting mommies fall into two categories, the preterm labor/cerclage ladies, crossing their legs and praying to keep their babies in, and then the folks like Laura/Nancy/Catherine, dying to get their babies out because they'd rather trust an incubator than their uterus to take care of their kids.

If I haven't mentioned it before... preeclampsia is cruel!

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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby laura » Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:44 am

by laura (5139 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:44 am

SueAnn- I absolutely anticipated that if I'd had DD at 33 weeks she'd have been on a respirator.

But, by that point- she'd almost entirely stopped moving, she was starting have non-reactive NST's, cord compressions and decels with every movement and we did near hourly kick counts out of fear of cord accidents.

You see, we thought the possible alternative to prematurity was stillbirth. We weren't ignorant of the potential complications of prematurity, we just preferred them to death.

If my manner suggests flippancy, I would submit that it's in the interests of keeping the chatter of the boards upbeat and not unduly scaring our pregnant members- rather than any implications that what we went through to get Camille here was anything other than a nightmare.



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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby paljane8 » Fri Jan 02, 2004 08:27 pm

by paljane8 (1416 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 08:27 pm

Amanda,

Hey, I just had to get in on this. It is so scarey to face another preg with htn already. You can do this. There are a lot of miracles that happen here. Keep us updated. Even though my htn didn't start until 22 wks but, I remember being really scared. Hang in there and those of us who have travelled that road are on the sidelines cheering you on.

Laura-Camille is WHAT?!...crawling!!!!!!

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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby laura » Sat Jan 03, 2004 00:06 am

by laura (5139 Posts), Sat Jan 03, 2004 00:06 am

Oh, Nance- that baby is wild and wool-y. I'll post on your board, because I'm nosey about how our dearest Janie's doing[:D]

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Re : Pregnant again- High Risk

Postby paljane8 » Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:04 am

by paljane8 (1416 Posts), Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:04 am

Unbelievable!!!!!!

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