My name is Laura Pollock and I am pregnant with my third baby. I
|My name is Laura Pollock and I am pregnant with my third baby. I have been a Type I Diabetic for almost twenty years, and I have had two healthy children and had preeclampsia both times. My daughter, Annika, was born at 33 weeks after I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. I was well taken care of at a major medical center. I was on magnesium for 24 hours, and Annika was healthy, 6lbs. 10 oz. with just a little jaundice. She is a healty 4 year old today. My son, Orrin was born at 34 weeks. I also had preeclampsia at 33 weeks. Being experienced with the disease, I knew what to look for. I started swelling at 33 weeks, my blood pressure was rising, and I had protein in my urine and headaches. I tried to call attention to the doctors. They insisted that they do a "24 hour urine" test, where I collect urine for 24 hours. They lost my entire jug of urine. I went in to labor and delivery for an ultra sound, after a failed NST, and my blood pressure was 165 over 110, I could not walk on my feet as they were so swollen, and they finally admitted me, only because they had lost my urine, and wanted to reapeat the test. When it finally came back positive for preeclampsia (duh!) they still waited 3 days to allow me to deliver my son. They did not have me on any medication like magnesium to prevent stroke, and let the situation get out of hand. Luckily, my son was born, a healty 9 lb. preemie, also with jaundice, while I had to fight swelling and high blood pressure for almost a week post partum. That was at a different. I am now 13 weeks pregnant with my third, and last, child. We are stationed in Pearl Harbor, and I am recieving care from another medical center. I am seen once a week to keep an eye on my blood sugars, but I am expecting that once again, my body will have preeclampsia at 33 weeks. I only hope that this time the doctors listen to me and my concerns, and that we are healthy one more time. If you are concerned about your health, speak up! No one knows your body like you do!|
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...