I was 21 when I found out I was pregnant. I was elated. For 7
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I was 21 when I found out I was pregnant. I was elated. For 7 months everything went smoothly. I had no signs of pre-eclempsia. Since this was my first pregnancy, I was ignorant to the symptoms of the condition until one day I read an article about it while I was in the waiting room of my OB-GYN. The only thing that related to me was swelling and, boy were my ankles huge. I talked to my doctor and he called it "gestational hypertension".
He had me take off work and rest for the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy. My due date came and went. My feet were so swollen I couldn't wear shoes and had a hard time walking. Finally, when my blood pressure hit 190/98, and I was 2 weeks overdue, he decided to enduce me. Unfortunately, my regular dr. was on vacation and had a substitute who had no idea of my history. That was Monday morning.
I was in the hospital for 28 hours before they finally started the drip. I finally went into full blown labor on Tuesday. I pushed for 2 hours straight. Finally, at 4:44 am Wednesday, Ethan was born and under severe respiratory distress. He weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long. He looked like a monster lying there in NICU.
We finally got released Saturday morning. I was extremely lucky and feel that I had angels with me. I was pre-eclemptic and noone ever diagnosed me as such. I feel that if there were more awareness about this condition, my beautiful baby would have been spared the 4 days he spent in NICU.
He is a rambuctious 3 year old now and I am pregnant again. I have been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia again, and this time I have a very aware doctor who is seeing me every 3 days. He is wonderful and I am confident that I will not have to go through what happend with my first child.