I gave birth to my son 18 years ago. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia 2
I gave birth to my son 18 years ago. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia 2 weeks before my due date. I was hospitalized for 5 days and then went home to bed rest. At another Ob appointment I was put back in the hospital to stabilize my condition and then induce labor. I was full term by then. During labor I had a high fever, my kidneys failed and I had double beating reflexes which, I was told, indicated the risk of convulsions. My son was now in fetal distress. When he was born he had blue feet which disappeared after they cleaned out his lungs and let him breathe.
He was later diagnosed as gifted/learning disabled. I am not sure that this was an affect of the preeclampsia or not. His disabilities are sensory processing disorder and sensory integration dysfunction. He does not feel pain very intensly which led to numerous injuries in his preschool years which required stitches and a broken leg at age two. He doesn't perceive certain sounds well even though there is nothing wrong with his ears. There are many other aspects of the disorder that cause challenges in his life. Now in college, the disability is even more challenging.
I was never able to conceive again. I don't know if that had anything to do with the preeclampsia either.
I am very grateful to a skilled doctor and a knowledgable staff that got me through. I don't want anyone to go through it. Even with a happy ending like mine, it was stressful and difficult.
Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all...