by tanechap (3 Posts), Thu Jan 05, 2012 01:42 pm
My first son was born at full term with zero pregnancy complications. A few months after he turned 3 we started trying again. In January of 2011, I found out I was 8 1/2 weeks pregnant. I had taken a test in December that was negative and had continued to have what I thought was a period. I bled all the way until 15 weeks and passed massive clots the whole time. At one point, it was so large we were sure I had miscarried. I really never felt good the entire pregnancy. I lost 7lbs pretty quickly. In the start of my second trimester I did start to gain some weight back. Around 23 weeks, I started getting a cold so I went to see my OB. My BP was up a little, but not enough for concern yet. Three days later at work, I started feeling very sick. I ended up throwing up all night and had severe chest pains. The next mornging I saw my OB. My BP was up even more. He decided to do bloodwork and then sent me home to wait. He called a couple hours later and asked me to meet him at the hospital. They reran blood work and I found out that my results were worse than they had been a few hours earlier. My OB diagnosed me with Preeclampsia and HELLP (class II). I was transferred to an OB/ICU at a near by hospital. They immediately began inducing me as my bloodwork continued to get worse. A day later, my counts all stabilized as did my BP. They still were not good, but stable. The OB was stunned that I was somewhat better. I still ended up delivering at 24 weeks and 3 days. My son was 1lb 2oz. (side note, I weighed one pound less at delivery, than I did when I found out I was pregnant in January). He spent 6 months in the NICU and miraculously is home with minimal problems. My OB said it was very rare to have a first pregnancy with no complications and have a second with so many. Anyone else experienced anything similiar? I've thought about testing for underlying issues, but I don't have any symptoms of anything to be concerned about.