Today I am overwhelmed with emotions. Today I was suppose to be 40 weeks pregnant and deliver my precious baby girl. Today was taken away from me by a horrible pregnancy disease called Preeclampsia that stole Mallory's life and risked my own. Today we planted a tree in memory of Mallory. Today I cry just like most other days.
I haven't officially introduced myself on the boards, but I've been around reading since shortly after I lost my baby girl on 7/21/10.
Here's our story:
I went to the dr. on Friday 7/16. My blood pressure was high and I had protein in my urine. The dr. ran the usual blood test for preeclampsia. The blood results came back on Monday and they were fine so she had me scheduled to come back in on Wednesday to check again. I heard the baby's heartbeat on Monday around noon since I had my own heart monitor at home. It was a good strong 160. On Tuesday 7/20 evening I started to feel sick and have lower back cramps. I couldn't hear the heartbeat on my heart monitor I had at home so I called the dr. and she told me to get to the hospital. When I got to the hospital they confirmed that her heart had quit beating. They tested my blood again and by then I had severe preeclampsia and was starting into hellp syndrome. I was induced and delivered Mallory Gail on Wednesday 7/21 at 6:21pm. She was born at 29 wks gestation. She was 2lbs. 7oz. 15" long and perfect in everyway. Turns out my placenta abrupted and I clotted instead of bleeding. I didn't have any other symptoms. It came on strong and fast for me. I was in the hospital for 2 days before they took me off the mag and my blood pressure came back down. They released me on the 3 day. I have 3 healthy children that were born prior to Mallory and never experienced preeclampsia with any of those pregnancies, but I did have a miscarriage last fall two months prior to getting pregnant with Mallory.
Preeclampsia sucks! I'm so sorry for everyone that has had to go through this horrible experience similiar to mine. I hope that I can find some friends here that understand and can help support me through this. Thank you for reading our story.