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Re: new to the boards and very anxious

Postby alviarin » Tue Jun 11, 2013 06:23 pm

Hi and welcome to the forums! We are a US based organization but we have posters from around the world. There is also a UK based organization you might be interested in:

Sorry to hear you had such a scary experience with your first pregnancy. Although there are no guarantees, if preeclampsia does strike in a subsequent pregnancy it tends to be later in gestation or less severe. Here are some general odds of re-occurence: ... f=19&t=331

Would you be able to schedule a consult with a doctor specialzing in high risk pregnancies? They should be able to give you more individualized odds of a successful future pregnancy based on your individual medical history.
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new to the boards and very anxious

Postby jamiewarren » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:14 am

Hi there, my name is Janice, Im in Ireland, not sure if this is a world wide forum but I found through internet searches..
Anyway in 2010, i was taken into hospital ay 31 weeks with mild pre eclampsia, after 2 days, it went to severe, i was 22, had no idea about the condition and was so scared at the thoughts of delivering my baby so early. doctors told me on a thursday they had to deliver my baby or i would die, i had severe epigastric pain, and blood pressure was going to 220 over 120 throughout the night. after meds, it would relax a bit and my doctor left on friday saying we would wait til monday.
throughout friday night and saturday bp again was very severe and i complained of headaches and nausea. by saturday afternoon, the only way i could describe how i felt was like i wanted to give up, i was so so weak, couldnt even drink a sup of water. i was in high dependency unit and mam and partner were taking it in turns being by my side as only one left there at a time. my partner had just left to leave my mam come down and say bye before the night. as my mam came in the door i begged her to get the doctors to do something, as she went out of sight, all i could see were flashes of light dropping around me and i knew something was wrong. i had of cup of water in my hands and 2 tablets and just dropped them, thats the last thing i remember until days after having an emergency section. turned out i had a pre eclamptic fit.
as you can see, this was an extremely traumatic birth and i suffered post traumatic stress for months.
I had a legal case settled with the hospital for negligence when they clearly should have delivered days early by the extreme signs. i have lost all trust in the health system in my country and am so afraid of what can happen with next pregnancy should there be one.
my own local gp tried to get me to drop the legal case (turned out she was a friend of the doctor involved) so i have lost trust with her too. She tells me I will be grand for another one but from my own research it looks like i would be taking a high risk. my boy is great now, 3 next week and is a star!
im really hoping you might be able to tel me your experiences with 2nd pregnancies?? or anything at all, i have the same partner, and we would love a brother or sister now for our lo,
thank you so much for reading

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