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Post On Monday, December 03, 2012 By sharon
I suffered from preeclampsia and was officially diagnosed with it at 33 weeks,was concerned about it as midwifes picked up high blood pressure and protein in urine at 28weeks. At second check-up, blood pressure was still high and they decided to send me for blood tests. My gynecologist said I should consider a c-section and natural birth may no longer be an option.
When I was 32 weeks was sent to hospital to have steroid injections and had my urine monitored; was released the following day. A week later at check-up, we realiszed baby wasn't growing and my doctor said I would have to have to have a c-section the following day. I had another steroid injection: this was to help my baby lung develop. I never imagined how scary the road ahead was...
My little girl was born at 34 weeks weighing 1.67kg and got an apgar score of 9/10. I thought and was told by many not to worry and she would be home in a matter of weeks. I visited the hospital daily and she was getting stronger every day. I was released 3 days after giving birth to her and she died 8 days later: she got a horrible infection in the hospital and had multiple kidney failure after fighting for over 24hours and mutliple blood transfusions. The doctors did everything in their power, but it was in g-d's hands. No other baby in the hospital got an infection. When we were called into the hospital, the pediatrician said she got an infection and she wasn't sure what type, so she treated her for viral, fungal and bacterial, butnothing helped. The blood transfusions kept her stable and so did the ventilator but after 24 hours she was brain dead: we had to let her go. It was the worst day of my life.
It's 7months later and I am 4 months pregnant and terrified. Still mourning the loss of my little girl and am so fearful of the preeclampsia coming up again. Been put on ecotrin and being more closely monitored. Doctor said before 20weeks not even worthwhile to monitor blood pressure. I miss my little girl every day and am still suffering from the trauma of it all. I am on antidepressantsÂ which is safe in pregnancy and see a councillor and pray everyday, but the fear and anxiety is awful. I am Â trying to take it easier work wise and have moved to part-time.
I have read it is more common in first-time pregnancies, but that if you've had it once, your chances of getting it again is 25% higher.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I am a physician and the mother of a 2 year old daughter born after a long struggle with... Read More