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Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby leeann34 » Wed May 02, 2012 03:41 pm

by leeann34 (137 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 03:41 pm

Well, it has finally happened. My husband and I are pregnant with our second child after loosing our first child (Olivia) to preeclampsia almost three years ago. I am 12 wks and everything looks fine for now. I am being monitored much more closely by a MFM specialist and a high risk OBGYN. They way they have my appointments scheduled, I am seeing a doctor about every two weeks. I am very nervous about this pregnancy. After such a tragic loss with our first child everyone I am sure can imagine the hope and anxiety that another pregnancy brings. I was hesitant to even post my pregnancy, but I need the support that only this site can offer. I truly pray for an uneventful pregnancy with a wonderful outcome!

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Mother to Olivia Kaylee born 23wks 6 days and severe IUGR
Born June 9, 2009 Died Sept 1, 2009
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby Petunia » Wed May 02, 2012 05:20 pm

by Petunia (60 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 05:20 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. We're in a very similar situation, my son was born sleeping at 33 weeks with my last pregnancy, pre-e diagnosed at 32 weeks. I'm now 16 weeks pregnant and it's a daily struggle to keep my anxiety at bay. I just try to focus on the differences in the pregnancies to remind myself this is a NEW baby, a New pregnancy. We did just find out today though that we're having another boy. I think it would have been easier to separate the pregnancies with a girl, but I'm just trying to remember this is not Peyton, this is his brother.

I hope we can get through this together and have photos to share of our beautiful, healthy rainbow babies!
Married the love of my life 7/11/2009
Our first child, Peyton Mark, was born sleeping at 33 weeks on Oct. 25th 2011. Developed pre-e at 32 weeks.
Pregnant again with what I pray is our rainbow baby, due Oct. 14th 2012. Will induce labor no later than 38 weeks if we make it that far!
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby kerisue » Wed May 02, 2012 06:57 pm

by kerisue (623 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 06:57 pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I hope this pregnancy is long and uneventful and baby arrives safely.
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born June 2010 @ 24 wks. gestation due to my severe PE and CHF
lived 25 days, loved and missed
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby amjon » Wed May 02, 2012 07:32 pm

by amjon (62 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 07:32 pm

I also lost my first at 27 weeks. The one OB I went to highly suspects HELLP syndrome.
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby aajatwins » Wed May 02, 2012 10:13 pm

by aajatwins (476 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 10:13 pm

Congratulations! I hope and pray you have a full, healthy pregnancy that results in a cuddly baby you get to take home :)
glad you are leaning on the support of this forum - these ladies are amazing at support!!
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Aidan & Jordan - 7.2.09 at 36 weeks. Induction turned emergency c-section due to eclampsia. big healthy toddlers today!
Asa - 10.23.11 at 39 weeks. NO hypertensive issues!! successful VBAC :)
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby angieb » Wed May 02, 2012 10:14 pm

by angieb (1192 Posts), Wed May 02, 2012 10:14 pm

Congratulations!

I remember you! Our stories were so similar (our DD was also named Olivia and I also delivered at 23 wks.) I am 11.5 weeks pregnant for the third time now so our due dates aren't very far apart.

I will be praying you have a healthy, uneventful pregnancy! Are you on low dose aspirin or anything?
Me (29) DH (30)
#1-Olivia Caetlyn-9-28-09-9-28-09, 23+2 wks, emergency classic c-section, class I HELLP, IUGR
#2- Lucas Oliver (rainbow baby)- April 2011, 36+2 wks, HELLP and pre-e free! (lovenox and LDA pregnancy)
#3-Matthew, late October 2012...mostly normal, 37 wks, (lovenox and LDA again)
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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby jean » Thu May 03, 2012 10:34 pm

by jean (675 Posts), Thu May 03, 2012 10:34 pm

Congrats and here's to a healthy happy pregnancy!
Our first son was born and passed in Feb of 2010. Born at 29 weeks due to HELLP and passed due to NEC. We miss him every day. :~(

Our second son was born at 39 weeks gestation in Nov of 2011. No HELLP or pre-e! Took LDA starting at week 12 and went off of it at week 38!

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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby leeann34 » Tue May 08, 2012 07:35 pm

by leeann34 (137 Posts), Tue May 08, 2012 07:35 pm

Thanks everyone. I am on low dose asprin and also I am on THREE blood pressure medications (labetolol, clonidine, and procardia). I am currently 13 wks and my blood pressure today is 138/85. Definately the highest it has been since my pregnancy. I sent a message to my doctor to see if she wants to adjust some of my dosages. She did tell me that this will be a mind game for me because everytime it starts to raise a little I start to panic and think the worst. But part of that is because during my last pregnancy I felt the doctor took a "Lets wait and see approach". I don't want that to happen this time. So... this afternoon I am resting in bed and hoping that tomorrow morning it will be better (it usually is in the am). Thanks everyone for your support because I am going to need it :D


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Re: Second Preganacy after loosing my first to preeclampsia

Postby kbielec » Thu May 17, 2012 08:48 am

by kbielec (254 Posts), Thu May 17, 2012 08:48 am

I can relate to your anxiety - I too have that problem with panic some days. I am trying to just take it one day at a time, rest when I need to, eat, sleep when I need to...hang in there! Looking forward to supporting each other.
Mom to Annabelle born at 26 weeks due to HELLP (2008) I found out I had Factor V and MTHFR after delivery.
(12/2011) miscarriage, twin boys 8 weeks, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
(02/2012) Pregnant - praying for beautiful take home baby due Nov. 3, 2012, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
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