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Post On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 By Stephanie
We found out we were pregnant on October 6, 2012, my wedding anniversary. Even with the surprise I was mentally prepared this time. However, I was constantly worried about preeclampsia reoccurring. I was seen in a high risk pregnancy clinic and my doctor was so concerned about the preeclampsia but I was in denial that I would get it again because I felt like I was doing things different. But the truth was I was already at risk since I had it in a previous pregnancy at 23 weeks. When I made my 24th week without any symptoms I felt blessed. Then at 31 weeks pregnant my pressure went up. By the time we got to the hospital it was 181/102. I was rushed through triage. I met with so many doctors ensuring me things could be different this time. I was still in fear of my unborn babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life. They gave me steroid shots for the maturity of the babyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lungs and we waited. Eventually the doctors and nurses were able to stabilize my blood pressure. Still, they would not release me. I spent the next four weeks in the hospital. At 35 weeks my pressure went up again. The headaches were so bad and my kidneys were having issue. I was told we were delivery. At 8:54 pm on May 15 2012, Livia Angelica was born via c-section at 4lbs. 15oz. She came out screaming and perfectly healthy. She went straight to the well nursery. We are blessed.
My name is Antonella Bartow, I am a pre-eclampsia hellp syndrome survivor, and this is my story. I... Read More