Hello, this is my first post on the forum after reading many posts since the birth of my son over 2 years ago at 29+2 weeks. Here is a little bit about my pre-e story: at 28 weeks I did a 24hr urine test at my monthly exam when I gained 12 lbs in one month. it showed mild pre-e levels of protein, and when I went back to the obgyn to discuss the results, I was hospitalized at 29 weeks due to increasing bp's and protein spillage. After 2 days in the hospital, I delivered my son via emergency c-section, my son was 3lbs. He had a relatively event-less 8 week stay in the NICU (although NO NICU stay is event-less), and is now a happy and healthy almost 3 year old. I stayed in the hospital to get my bp under control, was released on bp meds and readmitted 2 days later with seizure-level bps and got mag sulfate again to bring my bp down.
a year ago my husband and I decided that if we were going to ttc again, that we'd need to be in better shape, I was 50lbs overweight since the birth of my son. So we got healthy and I lost almost all of the weight, met with the MFM and was told that our chance of recurrence was 20%. Then we got hit with shocking news - my husband was diagnosed with a rare terminal illness. 6months later, a couple of trips to Mayo clinic and 40lbs of weight gain on my part later, we discovered that he had been completely mis-diagnosed and does not have a terminal illness but is in fact a healthy 36 year old man. Whew!
And here I am. Still wanting to ttc, and seeing this as my only chance to do so because I am now 37 years old, I was 35 when I delivered my son. I am determined, frightened, hopeful, discouraged and very teary about the whole thing - so kind of a big mess! I still get concerned about my son occasionally, even though I get reassured at every pediatrician visit that he is completely healthy, I am still on the look-out for developmental problems from being born early. I even enrolled him in speech therapy despite my pediatrician telling me it's not necessary.
I guess I'm posting this EXTREMELY long post because I started reading posts on this board all of the time since deciding to consider ttc again, and I gain so much comfort in reading other's experiences. I just want to say hello, and that I'm in on this pre-e thing too. I am very grateful for this board and the support and information it gives!
Son born by emergency C-section due to severe preeclampsia in August 2009. Born 29wks2days weighing 3lbs, he is a healthy toddler now.