I joined this group last night and thought I would introduce myself. My name is Heather and have had pre-eclampsia 2x's. With my daughter Kaylee, it developed out of nowhere and got severe very quickly. I had her by emergency c-section on 12-1-99 at 27 wks. weighing l lb. 12 oz. and 13 1/4 in. long. She stayed in the hospital for 6 months and 1 day before coming home. She has Short-Gut Syndrome from losing at least half of her intestines to NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) at 21 days old. She is now 3 1/2 yrs. old and started special ed preschool this past January and is still getting ST 2x's a week. I think the preschool environment has helped her tremendously just from being around more kids...They learn so much from each other (good and bad...lol!) With my son, my doctor had me take a baby aspirin every day, as I guess it's supposed to reduce the risk of getting pre-e. I did end up developing it again, but luckily it was mild and had him at 37 wks. weighing 6 lbs. 2 oz. We did have a scare about a heart murmur, but the doctors think that it's an innocent murmur. He is now 14 months old and growing like a weed! He weighs almost 26 lbs. and is about 30 1/2 in. (my little chubby baby!) Kaylee is still small for her age, partly because of her Short-Gut. She only weighs 28-29 lbs. and is about 36 1/2 in. tall. I don't believe that she was to be very tall even if she was born full term, but her intestinal problems have definitely put a damper on her growth. At around 5 yrs. old we have to get her hormone levels check, since Short-Gut patients supposedly tend to lack in a growth hormone. Hopefully that isn't the case, but will take it in stride if need be. I hope to get to know all of you and hope this finds you well. Thanks for listening.
Heather--Mom to Kaylee (27 wks. severe pre-e...3 1/2 yrs. now)
& Felix Jr. (37 wks. pre-e...14 months now)