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SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby sdg241976 » Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:16 am

by sdg241976 (2 Posts), Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:16 am

HI! I AM IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION WITH A HARD DECISION AHEAD. THOUGHT THIS MIGHT HELP IF I SUBMITTED A QUESTION.

I JUST HAD A SON IN JUNE OF 2003. I HAD AN UNEVENTFUL PREGNANCY AND DELIVERED MY SON AT 41 WEEKS. I WENT TO EVERY DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT AND THERE WAS NEVER A SIGN OF PRE-ECLAMPSIA. I WENT HOME AND A WEEK LATER WAS ADMITTED INTO THE ICU WITH SEVERE ECLAMPSIA. I HAD 2 SEIZURES, SWELLING ON MY BRAIN AND HEART, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH FEVER AND MY LUNGS WERE FILLED WITH FLUID, I SLEPT FOR 2 DAYS AND COULD REMEMBER NOTHING WHEN I WOKE UP.

NOW WITH MY SON ONLY 6 MONTHS, MY BIRTH CONTROL DID NOT WORK AND I AM PREGNANT AGAIN. SINCE MY CASE WAS SO RARE WITH NO FOREWARNING OR SIGNS I CAN'T FIND ANY STATISTICS TO TELL ME THE CHANCES OF IT HAPPENING AGAIN? WITH SUCH A LARGE STRESS ON THOSE ORGANS ONLY SIX MONTHS AGO, I DON'T KNOW IF I DO GET IT AGAIN IF MY BODY WILL HANDLE IT? I AM TOTALLY AGAINST ABORTION BUT DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE OF LEAVING MY SON WITHOUT A MOTHER. I FEEL LIKE I AM HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MY SON AND THIS BABY? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME INSITE ON THIS OR STATISTICS THAT I CAN RELATE TO? PLEASE HELP!!! I AM DESPERATE AND DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO MAKE THE DECISION OF HAVING THIS BABY OR NOT.

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Re : SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby mada » Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:50 am

by mada (4081 Posts), Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:50 am

Shannon,
I am so sorry you are faced with this. I do know that because of your previous experience, doctors will be very watchful and I doubt they will have you go to 41 weeks. Maybe the best route to take before having to make a decesion is to have a consultation with a perinatologist. This is a high risk OB. They should be able to give you a good plan and good information. Again, I am sorry you are going through this I am sure it's really scary. Hang in there!!

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Re : SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby kim » Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:28 am

by kim (555 Posts), Fri Jan 09, 2004 08:28 am

Shannon,

I am the TX chapter president, (noticed you are from Houston). I just sent you an email...



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Ainsley Kathryn 11/26/02-36 Weeks Preeclampsia
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Re : SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby akemt » Fri Jan 09, 2004 10:35 am

by akemt (4961 Posts), Fri Jan 09, 2004 10:35 am

Shannon,

I agree with what Mada said, I would talk with a perinatologist before making any decision. You can find one near your area by looking here:
www.nasshp.org/address.htm

If you need someone to talk to, please call the preeclampsia foundation directly and hopefully Kim can be of some assistance too. (being one of 2 people from my state, I'm not quite sure how chapters work just yet)



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Re : SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby mariabiswell » Wed Jan 21, 2004 07:00 am

by mariabiswell (4 Posts), Wed Jan 21, 2004 07:00 am

Hi Shannon, I had exactly the same problem as you when my daughter was born.I to had no sign of pre-eclampsia right up until I was admitted at 41 weeks with servere eclampsia. I was worried too about becoming pregnant again but am now 25 weeks and have had no problems at all. although I have regular bp check ups, the rest of my pregnancy and antenatal care is more relaxed than when i had my first baby. I too was worried about the chances of getting such severe eclampsia again with no warning signs but my midwife and consultant have both assured me that the chances of the same thing happening again is very low and it is even more unlikely if you are still with the same man.
Hope this helps in some way, email me if you need any support at mariabiswell@aol.com

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Re : SEVERE ECLAMPSIA

Postby aimeejane » Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:55 am

by aimeejane (589 Posts), Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:55 am

Shannon, I agree that checking with a perinatologist would be a good idea. I had my seizures at 28 weeks, and I was able to carry my second son to 36 weeks with only preeclampsia. (And 6 weeks of bed rest.)

GOod luck, and let us know how you're doing!

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