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Post On Monday, October 15, 2012 By Megan
My name is Megan. I was 21 when I had my baby girl. She was due in March and pregnancy was going great. When I was 30 weeks along I noticed swelling, but thought it was just part of being pregnant. My checkup came and I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. That very day I was admitted to the hospital because my blood pressure was high. They checked my urine and the next day my doctor came to see me. She said my protein count was high, but if I stayed on complete bed rest, I could go home along with my prescription of blood pressure medicine and very low sodium diet. So I went home and did everything I was told. A couple days later, I felt bad and decided to check my blood pressure. It was high so I went back to the hospital and was admitted again. They hooked me up to a magnesium I.V. to help control my blood pressure.
That night I began having mild contractions. Early the next morning I had excruciating pain. It almost felt like the worst gas pains. The nurses called my doctor in and she said it was the swelling from the preeclampsia. The pain was causing my blood pressure to rise to stroke level. My doctor knew the only way to stop it was to deliver the baby, but that hospital didn't have a NICU. I was transported to another hospital where there was a NICU. They did an emergency c-section and my baby was born at 33 weeks! She did very well in the NICU but I didn't even get to see her for 4 days because I was still doing bad. That 6th day I got to go home and 2 days later she did too. We were blessed everything went ok when it could have been a lot worse!
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