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Post On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 By Indira
My husband and I started trying to have a baby for 5 years. Â During this time we visited fertility specialists and ran countless tests. Â We finally became pregnant naturally and were so ecstatic!! Â Unfortunately, the happiness did not last long as I miscarried at 12 weeks. Â After miscarrying my husband pretty much gave up but I was 39 and I felt like we still had a little more time to try. Â Luckily I conceived and was super happy and careful. Â Monitored everything I ate, did light exercise and rested whenever possible. Â At 26 weeks I went in for my check up and I had elevated BP readings 145 /90. Â My GYN was concerned sent me home on bed rest for the remainder of the week and gave me a 24 hr urine test. Â I returned Monday for my test results and when she took my blood pressure it was 180 / 100. Â She told me I was preeclamptic as they had also found protein in my urine. Â She sent me straight to the emergency room. Â I was devastated and cried the entire way there. Â Little did I know that she had just saved my life and the life of my Noah. Â I was very lucky and spent 30 days on complete bed rest in the hospital on labetalol and hooked up to an IV with other blood pressure meds. Â My urine was monitored every 24 hrs and the baby was monitored every 3 hrs. Because my doctor diagnosed me early she began treatment immediately and no matter how much I begged she did not send me home. Â I was given two shots to help his lungs develop. Â On December 19th, my feet and face began to swell. Â I was weighed every morning by the nurses and had put on 10 lbs in one day. Â My GYN told me I would not make it thru the weekend without delivering and she was right. Â On the night of the 19th I could not sleep as I kept hearing this rattling with every breath I took. Â One of the nurses told me I was catching a cold and gave me claritin. Â Turns out I had developed pulmonary edema. Â That morning my blood pressure sky rocketed to 190 / 100 and my face had swollen so much that I could not see because they were almost swollen shut. Â My GYN prepped me for immediate surgery. Â Noah was born by emergency c-section that morning at 2 lbs and 12 oz. Â I heard him cry as soon as he came out which I knew was a good sign. Â But I did not see him for three days as they kept my in ICU to control my breathing and high BP. Â He spent two months in the NICU and came home at 6 lbs and 7 oz on his original due date of February 28th. Â I know now how lucky we were and how the immediate actions of my GYN saved our lives. Â This disease needs to be diagnosed quickly and early in order to help save more lives. Â Noah is now a happy, healthy and normal 1 year old and I give all of the thanks to my GYN who acted quickly to save our lives.
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