Welcome to the forums. I am glad that you found us and hope that you can find some answers and support from our fellow PE sufferers. Your story sounds very similar to my own. My husband and I had moved half way across the country and settled in our new town less than a year before I had my daughter. PE struck in mid-October of 2010. I was hospitalized for 5 days and then had my daughter at 30 weeks 0 days. She was in the NICU for 8 weeks. She received Synagist throughout her first winter and I was terrified that she would end up re-hospitalized. Up until she was about eight months old, she only went to a handful of places outside of home (I can still count them: the pediatrician, the cardiologist, the bank, the post office, and the local pizza joint- I was just starving one day, we ran in, bought a slice, and ran out
So, I can totally relate to your feelings of isolation. It was a hard winter for me. I was isolated and recovering from the worst experience of my life, one that is incredibly difficult to explain to anyone who hasn't lived through it. So, please know that you are not alone. You have found a community of people who have lived through very similar experiences and are willing to listen to you and answer any questions to the best of our ability.
I am so happy to hear that Meadow is home with you and a healthy 15 pounds! Many of our members have questions about risks during future pregnancies. The statistics show that most woman who had PE/HELLP in a first pregnancy, will not have it again in a subsequent pregnancy. And if they do get it again, most times it is later and less severe. But there are exceptions to every rule. We have members who only got PE in their second pregnancy, or had it earlier and more severe in a second/third pregnancy. The best way to get an idea of you own individual risk, based on your medical history, is to see a high risk OB, also called a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist or MFM. MFM's are trained to deal with high risk pregnancy and should be up to date on the latest research regarding PE and HELLP. I understand that your financial situation might make you hesitate to seek an opinion from a specialist but at least for me, meeting with an MFM greatly reduced my anxiety about planning for future pregnancies.
Good luck over the next few months. And again, I'm glad that you found us.
Diana, happily married since 2007.
Miscarriage at 10 weeks (June 2009).
DD at 30+0 weeks weighing 2lbs 9oz (October 2010) due to PE and IUGR. Today, a happy and healthy toddler.