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Post On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 By Margie
I was working in the local hospital as a Radiographer when I got pregnant. Â During the time that I worked there, there were at least 2 others that were pregnant... Â The ob-gyn practice I chose was across the street, and I knew all 4 of the doctors.
Due to morning sickness I gained too much weight, but my Gestational Diabetes test was negative and all my other checkups were okay. Â About a month before my due date I had early labor, so I went in the hospital overnight and received hydration/drug therapy.
In my first trimester I saw the other ladies in the department with swollen ankles, and I said "I'm not going to get those." Â They said 'oh, sure.' Â Well, I did get swollen ankles, and the doctors said to monitor my blood pressure, if I didn't feel well. Â That was not a problem, since I worked in a hospital and had friends in the ER.
The Friday of my 2nd to last week of pregnancy, I wasn't feeling so hot, but I thought it was because I had worked hard that day, so I went to bed early. Â The next morning I looked down at my ankles, and they were still swollen. Â They usually went down overnight. Â So I laid in bed most of the day. Â That afternoon my ankles were still swollen, so I dragged on some clothes and drove to the hospital to find someone to take my blood pressure.
I went in the hospital by way of the Radiology department and saw a fellow worker. Â She said "You look awful," and got a wheelchair and whisked me over to the ER. Â My favorite ER doc took my blood pressure, and told me to get up on a stretcher (gurney). Â He called the OB on call, and they put an IV in. Â The OB was miffed that I didn't call him first, but of course treated me anyway. Â They suspected pre-eclampsia, but took a 24-hr urine to confirm.
The results were positive, and the doc told me a little more about pre-eclampsia. Â He explained that the cure was "getting that baby out of there." Â A current herpes infection ruled out induction, so a Caesarean was scheduled for the next day. Â My son was healthy, and they kicked me out of the hospital 4 days later.
I had absolutely no idea that seizures could come about after the baby is born, until I saw Downton Abbey Sunday night.
This took place 22 years ago, so I'm pretty fuzzy on the details, and I don't know what treatment I was given in that community hospital in Western Massachusetts.
But I want to iterate why I was lucky. Â 1) I was a health care provider, so I knew a bit about anatomy and physiology, and why X-rays are ordered. Â 2) I had friends who could take my blood pressure, and who recognized that I didn't look well. Â 3) My doctors knew what they were doing. Â The OB practice had 4 doctors, and the newer ones gained from the older ones knowledge. Â The ER docs knew what they're doing. Â They had Residents there, but they were well supervised.
I write this to those of you who have lost babies and want to try again. Â Find out as much as you can, and quiz your doctors in your early months, or better yet, before you get pregnant.
My son also breast-fed for 2 years. Â I'm a proponent of that as well!
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