Brief background : First pregnancy ends at 37 weeks with an emergency c-section due to fast onset of pre-e and HELLP (BP was 230/110 according to my husband I was pretty out of it by that point) Second pregnancy went perfect, no BP issues at all. Repeat c-section at 38 weeks. Third pregnancy husband and I decide will be our last, 3 kids sounded great to us! BP starts going up around 20 weeks. Hospitalized on bed rest by 28 weeks. She had stopped growing, so given an IUGR diagnosis and c-section at 29 weeks 6 days. Due to the need to deliver so early we were transferred to the nearest hospital that had a NICU capable of handling a baby that would be less than 2 lbs. Unfortunately it was a Catholic based hospital and they refused to do a tubal since they saw no medical need to this. Birth control it is! After her birth the OB that covered me the week I was in the new hospital comes in to let me know why she was pretty sure the IUGR was caused by the major clotting they found all throughout my placenta.
That brings us close to up to date. Birth control failed =( 21 weeks pregnant with an unplanned 4th child. We were shocked and scared when we found out but it has slowly given way to excitement over the months. The older children are all 3 over the moon excited!
Last Friday at my first appointment with a maternal fetal medicine specialist my regular OB referred me to she finds "restriction in the blood flow to the placenta" I am unsure what this means other than what she told me, which was that it puts me at higher risk of having the same problem I had with my youngest. I was obviously upset and scared. She send me to get some labs done up with no explanation other than that she wanted to check for "clotting disorders."
Then today at my regular OB appointment my BP is high =( 141/91 so not too awful as of yet but definitely higher than it should be. Normal for me non pregnant is 115/60 or so. I am terrified and overwhelmed. I should have asked more questions but my mind just did not seem to be able to get past the thought of "oh no, not again." I did call and ask after I had some time to digest the information more but was just told by the nurse that I need to relax and not worry about it for now till all the blood work and the 24 hour urine analysis come back.
I spent the afternoon trying my best not to freak, when that didn't work I decided to see what I could find out. I tend to be more calm about things the more information I have, but I am having terrible luck finding the information I would like to know. So that leads me to this post. Where would I find information about clotting disorders? The information I found myself was confusing and most of it had to do with bleeding profusely, which does not sound like something they would even be concerned about. How the heck can I manage to remain calm and relaxed when I am terrified? I know being stressed tends to make my BP rise so I need to try my best to be calm but I can't even seem to get involved in a book, something that normally works well for me. Thank you for any help you might be able to give. I do hope this post at least makes sense. I have been having a hard time not panicking at this point