I just wanted to share my story with everyone who comes to this site.I was
Posted On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by Leah
I just wanted to share my story with everyone who comes to this site.I was very lucky with the circumstances of my pregnancy and delivery. I didn't realize back then how dangerous preeclampsia could get.
I was only 18 years old when I conceived. I had been off birth control for several months. It wasn't a planned pregnancy but the situation was supposed to be, if it happens it happens. I should have thought more about that at the time although I would never trade my daughter in for anything, still, when you're 18 you're still just growing up yourself and then some. Plus I was not married.
I didn't know I was pregnant for about 4 months. I know I should've figured that I was but it was not unknown or uncommon for me to vomit periodically for no reason. I had problems my junior and senior year with my stomach and was diagnosed as having a "nervous stomach" and there really wasn't anything they could do except stick me on prevacid and send me on my way. I didn't get sick that often that I remember, I mean I would throw up a good bit in the mornings but I just tried to brush it off. I started bleeding about two months in and of course thought I was having a period, something that also wasn't uncommon for me to go a month and a half to two months without a period. I didn't gain any weight until I found out I was pregnant and started prenatal vitamins. Even at the doctor's appointment I had before I found out, when the physician checked my cervix out she said it wasn't raised or anything like that of a pregnant woman's and here I was 4 months pregnant.
So I continued for a month being okay but I had other complications. It was also discovered I had pre cancer of the cervix and sometime into my fifth or 6th month of pregnancy, I had to have surgery to remove the pre cancerous cells and such. I don't know if this was a contributing factor that led to the preecamplsia or not. I am not sure exactly when the swelling started but I don't think it was too long after the surgery. I was swelling up with fluid so bad at one point it looked like I had a sack of fluid "growing" (that's the only way I know how to explain it) off the bottom of my belly. Then my blood pressure started to increase. At some time into I think the 32nd or 33rd week of pregnancy the doctor put me on bed rest and limited my salt intake. I had to start urinating in a jug for 24 hour testing. I think I did this twice and the second time that I did the doctor said that based on the test, my kidneys were starting to fail and they had to take the baby as soon as possible. I pleaded with them to give me another week but she said it was best for me and my baby. So they started me on a drip and the sydatec ( not sure how to spell it), overnight, however, I wouldn't dialate and only had a few contractions during the night so that next day, I was put in for a c-section. I remember my grandmother had her pastor come in and pray over me before I went in. Bless him because the c-section winded up being successful and my daughter is now a healthy 7 year old little girl. She's still small, she only weighed 4 lbs,3 oz at birth, but she came out screaming like a banshee, only having to be on a feeding tube for a day and a half. She was never on any oxygen she breathed on her own from birth. She was under a heat lamp for a few days then they transitioned her to the incubator. She was in the hospital for 10 days. Now she's about 43-45 lbs, it fluctuates, and is almost 4 ft tall. I recovered not soon after, my blood pressure was still high for about a week or so but I think after that it went back to normal. I want to have another baby, here within the next two years but that fears still there that the same thing will happen again. I'm hoping not as my situation is a little different, for one I'm older, and for two I'll be in a married more supportive relationship. I just don't want another c-section and hope I can be a candidate for a VBAC. The c-section experience, to me, was horrible. It felt horrible I could feel some of what was being done and I hated it. The recovery time was longer and my stomach still looks like a deflated basketball, something the doctor said would be hard for me to lose because of the circumstances of my pregnancy ( I'm assuming al the fluid retention I had remember the "sack" I mentioned earlier?) But I am very grateful that me and my daughter were both as lucky and blessed as we were to pull through it like we did. And I didn't mention earlier, but she was born at 34 weeks, 6 weeks before her due date. Thank you for listening to my story. May God bless you and Jesus Christ, have a wonderful day.
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