New prospective father

Are you worried about your partners pregnancy? Has your partner already had preeclampsia? Do you have advice for other dads who could be going through similar experiences as yourself? Post here!
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Re : New prospective father

Postby akemt » Wed Mar 03, 2004 02:32 pm

Does this baby boy have a name? How great that everything turned out well.

Is Sarah getting back to normal? I know that can take quite a while so if that is the case for her, try to reassure her that she's on her way there even if not "normal" yet.

Big Congratulations to your happy family!

Catherine (22), Moderator (pregnant again)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo
Baby #2 due August 11, 2004

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Re : New prospective father

Postby julie f » Wed Mar 03, 2004 02:26 pm

Paul,

Congratulations to you and Sarah!! I am so glad that they were able to get her in and him out prior to it getting even worse. 5 1/2 lbs. is great!!

How is Sarah doing now?

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Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe

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Re : New prospective father

Postby catherine » Wed Mar 03, 2004 02:22 pm

Congratulations Paul and Sarah, that is wonderful news. I'm sure that your baby boy will do very well now. All of my kids were born at almost 36 weeks and have grown like weeds.

It sounds to me like Sarah might have had HELLP syndrome. It is pretty scary when all of a sudden things start moving so fast.

Please ask her to stop by so we can congratulate her in "virtual" person [;)]. I'm pretty sure that she already knows she caught a good husband in you but we'll be happy to add our recommendations.

We're also not adverse to pictures we can coo over... hint.

Catherine
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Re : New prospective father

Postby paul1968uk » Wed Mar 03, 2004 02:07 pm

Update !

On Monday we had a check-up with the midwife, Sarah's blood pressure was through the roof, and there was protein in the urine again - it had been clear for a couple of weeks.

We went straight to the hospital, where[url][/url] the admitted her for observation. I went home at about 7pm, and at about 8pm, received a call from the hospital to say that the bloodwork had come back from the lab, and they were not happy so were going to do a c.section that night.

I hot-footed back to the hospital, briefly saw sarah before they took her to surgery, and then waited around for a couple of hours.

It seems that sarah's platelet count had dropped to dangerously low levels (below 40) - I'm guessing that this is a sign of pre-eclampsia.

The midwife said later that they had come very close to losing her.

Anyway, Baby boy was delivered at 9:38pm on 1st March weighing 2.45kg (5lb6oz for you non-metric types), and both mother and baby are doing fine, despite the delivery being exactly one month early.

Baby was kept in an incubator as a precaution for the first day, but is now in a normal cot.

Thanks for all your support guys - it was great to be able to post here when I was at my lowest and get some friendly words from people who knew what I was going through. I was able to sit and wait for the delivery prepared for what was going on, and could remain perfectly calm (actually, I think my calmness bothered some of the hospital staff :) )

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Re : New prospective father

Postby akemt » Tue Feb 24, 2004 04:44 pm

So your wife is about 36 weeks pregnant now? That's fabulous. I had low fluid (oligo) with my last pregnancy and it was an *interesting* go round. My fluid levels fluctuated from dangerously low back up again (while on bedrest) then slowly fell again the farther along I got and the higher my Blood pressure krept. It's great that you're so close to the finish line. LEt us know how things go!

Catherine (22), Moderator (pregnant again)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo
Baby #2 due August 11, 2004

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Re : New prospective father

Postby paljane8 » Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:51 am

Hey Paul,

I am glad for the good news. Did they tell you what her fluid is measuring? A nice number to be around is 15cm. How often are doing ultra sounds? The very best to both of you! We love good news around here!

Nancy Eastwood
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Scott-4yrs (PE)
Janie-5/12/03 (PIH, oligo and low blood flow)
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Re : New prospective father

Postby sandy » Tue Feb 24, 2004 08:50 am

Hi Paul! Thanks for checking in. I was about to send you a "how's it going?" message. What a relief that things seem to be calming down for now. Keep us posted.


~Sandy/DD born via emergency C at 35 wks. June '03 due to Severe PE/chronic HBP/asthma

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Re : New prospective father

Postby mada » Tue Feb 24, 2004 06:32 am

That's wondeful!! Let us know when it's time for that baby to come!! Goodluck!!

Mada Harpster

Sam 6-29-00 36weeks P.E.
Ben 11-03-01 No P.E.

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Re : New prospective father

Postby paul1968uk » Tue Feb 24, 2004 04:02 am

Well...

it has been a hectic couple of weeks, but the consultant decided that all the symptoms had pretty much disappeared, and sent my wife home !

We have been back to the consultant twice since, and he is still happy - it looks like we will get a little closer to 39 weeks than we anticipated. it will still be a c.section because of the extended breach, but the nearer we can get the better.

We are seeing the consultant twice a week at the moment, and he is getting a specialist ultrasound consultant to take a look later this week at the fluid levels for a second opinion.

fingers crossed !

Paul


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Re : New prospective father

Postby annes » Wed Feb 18, 2004 08:11 am

I have been smiling so much while reading about you and your wife, hopefully all of the good thoughts on the pages are helping you get through this tough time. Modern medicine is amazing and with a fun/loving husband like you I am sure your wife and baby will do just fine! I delivered at 33 wks and had to say to my nurse, "I didn't get to this part in the books, so I have no idea what is going on!" It all turned out fine, after a little scariness. My husband really kept my spirits up! Good luck![:I]

Anne
Parker 7/6/03(severe pe)33wks


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