Hi. Thought I'd post in here to introduce myself and say how pleased I am to have found this forum.
I had my first child 6 weeks ago. I'd had a perfectly normal pregnancy until week 35, when I had what I thought was just a migraine - albeit a really bad one. It turned out to be pre-eclampsia. They first tried to get my BP under control, but couldn't, so then they tried inducing a natural birth, but this caused abnormalities in my baby's heart rate. Meanwhile my BP just kept rising, even though they were giving me medication for it. After the failed induction, they did an emergency c-section. Despite being almost 36 weeks, Eleanor weighed 3lb 11oz at birth and was rushed to special care. I spent just over a week in hospital while they got my BP under control. I couldn't see Eleanor for the first few days and was unable to produce enough milk to breastfeed her (I have just this last week given up trying - I was getting about 2-3ml each time I pumped, every precious drop being given to my little girl - but in the last few days my milk seems to have completely gone). Eleanor was in special care for 3 weeks, but luckily never had anything wrong with her - they kept her in because she was so small for her dates and needed help feeding.
Eleanor now weighs almost 6lb and is doing really well (she seems to want to be at least 7lb by the time she is 2 months old!). I'm still on reasonable doses of labetalol and nifedipine, but am doing well too. It's been really tough, but we definitely count ourselves lucky. The pre-eclampsia came as such a surprise and there wasn't much info/advice on complications in pregnancy during antenatal classes etc. or how complications could affect breastfeeding. I think there needs to be far more info available.