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Post On Monday, September 10, 2012 By Lori
Hi my name is Lori. My and I husband tried for months to have a baby. After a couple of pregnancy tests, one came out positive! I couldn't believe it: I took two just to make sure. Then we went to the doctor's and was told that we were having a baby!!
We were so happy! My pregnancy was pretty normal, though I did end up having gestational diabetes. In the middle of my pregnancy, I got really bad headaches and started seeing spots, so went to my doctor.. They told me there must be something wrong with my brain for me to go to an eye doctor. So I went... Nothing was wrong. Headaches went away but at times I still saw spots. Months went on; I did have some swelling in my right foot but it never got too bad.
A couple days before my due date, they said they wanted to induce me because of me having gestational diabetes (they didn't want to wait too long). So the day of me being induced I had a headache the whole day and nothing made it feel better. We went to the hospital to be induced and they said my blood pressure was high and they didn't know why...
The next day it was ready to push. I pushed for an hour and a half and he wasn't coming out so I told them I couldn't do it. I was in a lot of pain, so they did a c-section. My son was 8 pounds 6 ounces. In the recovery room with my dad and husband, I held my son for the first time. I remember touching his cheek... then something felt wrong my eyes turned and I knew something wasn't right, but I couldn't say anything I just knew I had to move away from my son or I might somehow hurt him. I somehow turned away and remember jerking back and fourth and remember my husband asking me what I was doing; and my dad saying to the nurse something is wrong with her and to grab the baby.
Next thing I know my head is in the nurse's hands and she asks me do I know what just happened. I couldn't say anything, so I just shook my head no. She told me I had just had a seizure, and she called people in for help. My blood pressure got up to 200. My doctor told me he thinks I have preeclampsia so they put me on mag.
Thank god my son is okay and is very healthy. I spent a week in the hospital and I was afraid to hold my son; was scared I would hurt him somehow. One day, while I was still in the hospital asleep, I couldn't breath, I couldn't open my eyes. I somehow squeezed my husband's hand and I woke up and he called the nurse. They wasn't sure what it was, so they put the IV back in. Happened a few more times and stopped. I saw different colored spots for couple days while in the hospital. I still have health issues, though not sure if it's from having preeclampsia/eclampsia.
I am scared to have another baby. I probably won't have another one even though I do want one it's just too scary. Was told I have a 15 percent chance of getting it again. I'm thankful that I'm still alive and here for my son and family. I'm thankful that my son is perfectly healthy. Just wish I knew more of what preeclampsia was when I had it; I didn't know what it was til I got home and Googled it. And the first time I got to really hold my son... It was the best thing. I can't even describe how happy I was. Everything that happened I'll never forget it.
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