by jenchar (423 Posts), Wed Jan 04, 2006 06:34 pm
Welcome Kara! We're so happy to have you here with us Wisconsinites. I'm sorry you had PE land on you though. I went to UW from 90-94 so I LOVE your hometown. GO BADGERS!
I'm Jen (33) from Milwaukee, and I'm married to Charlie (34), my college sweetheart. I'm a 2 X severe PE survivor. I have 2 daughters, Grace & Meghan. I'll share my story. Sorry if it is long.
Gracie was born at 34 weeks weighing 3 pounds, 14.5 ounces. My swelling set in around 26 weeks, IUGR/modified bed rest at 28 weeks, BP spiked/complete bed rest at 32 weeks, Mag at 34 weeks, +6 protein, emergency C-section due to fetal distress at 34 weeks, 5 days. Grace had CPAP and nasal cannula for 12 days. She stayed 23 days total...left at 4 pounds, 9 ounces. I got much worse with my PE post delivery. BP crept up to 220/180, I had uncontrollable "twitching" epidsodes (aka "this close" to seizure), I suffered from hypertensive retinopathy so I couldn't see very well until 4 months post partum. My BP returned to normal at 6-7 months post partum. Yikes, this is a long list. Sorry.
With my 2nd pregnancy, I started swelling at 17 weeks off and on. By 20 weeks, I had pitting edema, but BP was still okay. At 25 weeks, my BP was 160/110 on my left side. I was put in the hospital on complete bed rest that day. I actually did pretty well with resting. My swelling got better, my BP dropped to a better set of numbers, but I was hyperreflexive...they would hit my knee with a hammer and I would practically kick them in the head. Tee...hee... I also received shots to mature Meghan's lungs. Anyway, Megs got into distress and on ultrasound had reverse blood flow from her vital organs to her brain. Time to be born...I had another C-section. Meghan was born at 27 weeks 0 days weighing an unbelieveably small 1 pound 9.5 ounces and 13 inches long. She was on vent for 1 week, and then went to CPAP, and then cannula until about 4 days before her discharge 79 days after birth. Again, I got extremely ill post delivery...almost identical to what happened with DD #1 so I won't reiterate that.
Welcome aboard. Maybe you can join us at our Feb meeting? Denise, I think, will be announcing the date.