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Post On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 By Sibusiso
I discovered I had hypertension when I was pregnant on my first visit to Ob/Gyn, I was already 14 weeks pregnant. Then my blood pressure was 140/90. I knew nothing about blood pressure and pregnancy and I was not on any hypertension medication. Just because I was feeling fine, I just thought everything was okay. As the pregnancy was progressing at 26 weeks my feet suddenly started swelling. A part of me knew something was wrong but on the other hand I was on denial telling myself everything was okay. On the 27th week I went to see the Ob/Gyn and my blood pressure was 160/110. I was admitted to the hospital for bed rest where the baby was being monitored and she was okay, I could feel her move. I was discharged after spending two nights in the hospital when my blood pressure had stabilized. I went back home but the swelling did not go away, the Ob/Gyn prescribed that I do a Doppler scan at 28 weeks and my baby girl was fine. I went back home and the Doctor had stressed that I needed to take it really easy. My husband was so supportive cause I was literally doing nothing at home, he would do everything for me. At 31 weeks my face started swelling and when I went to the Ob/Gyn, my BP was 140/90. I started getting the steroids to speed up the functioning of my baby's lungs cause he was planning to do a Caesarian on week 34. I could not feel my baby move that weekend and I thought that maybe I was just panicking. We went to see the Ob/Gyn on week 32 and the scan confirmed that my baby was gone, there was no heartbeat. I just broke down into tears and a part of me just wished I could die too cause I couldn't think of facing the future without her. The baby was removed via a C-section. Five months after this incident, I am 9 weeks pregnant again and I am really scared cause I cant bear the thought of going through that again.
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