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Post On Sunday, July 15, 2012 By Amy
I had a great pregnancy. I didn't ever get sick or have any real limitations that stopped me from doing anything. I even helped my husband when we moved into‚ our second floor‚ apartment at 8 months along. My back hurt sometimes and I had heartburn real bad to where I ate a lot of tums, but still can't complain.
About‚ 6 to‚ 7 months into my pregnancy I started having‚ RUQ pain. I went to the ER about it once and OB triage once. The ER did nothing and triage kept me for about 6 hours, did blood work and sent me home. Then, around 8 months I couldn't sleep or lay on my right side. I was almost paralyzed by the pain if I laid on my right. It hurt so bad. I told the nurse and doctor at my check ups, but I guess they thought nothing of it and just said sleep another way.
Not long after that I started having high blood pressure that was anywhere from 135/90 to 160/105 while at work. I worked in the ER so I frequently checked my BP, especially if I felt a tingling in my head. Once around 9 months a nurse saw my pressure and made me go to OB triage. I had before not thought anything horrible of it because again I had told my doctor but it seemed to only be high at work. I do patient transport so I guess being on my feet all day pushing stretchers, beds, and wheelchairs could have been the cause. That visit to triage they did blood and urine but found nothing and sent me home to do the 24 hour urine. It also came back fine. My pressure continued to be high at work and I just sat down when it got really bad and my coworkers were fairly understanding, especially given how close I was to my due date.
At 39 weeks on a Monday morning at 4am I started having true labor contractions. I waited until my 11am, regular weekly appointment and when my doctor noticed the amount of swelling (which was pretty bad anyway those last few weeks), combined with my BP being a little high (only second time at an appointment. the first time it was chalked up to the discomfort from BH contractions) and the fact that I was at least 2 cm and having strong contractions, he called to see if there was a room for me at the hospital. There wasn't, so he said to come in at 6 pm and there would be.
We showed up at 6:30ish. I walked all the way from the parking garage to OB and still felt just fine. They hooked me up to everything in my room and the first BP was 180/105. Everyone started freaking out. They called the doctor, started an IV and gave me BP meds and Mag (which makes you feel so crappy). They also got a urine sample and when that came back confirmed it was preeclampsia. When the doctor came in he broke my water, had me on pitocin (even though I thought things were going strong enough already! lol) and in 7 hours, no epidural and‚ only some stadol at 8 cm,‚ I had my little girl. We were both just fine, thank God.
Before this I had no clue what preeclampsia was. A few weeks later I read about it and it was scary to think that I had something that could have gone so much worse. I am so lucky and thankful. I do wish that it was discovered sooner on the chance it could have been worse and I hope that when we get pregnant again that‚ it will be looked at more carefully if I have the same things come up. I guess they just had to have the protein in the urine to confirm... which they finally got that day, after I was already in labor anyway.
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