I was pregnant at 19 years of age. My first two trimesters were a breeze.
Posted On Sunday, November 22, 2009 by Kristen
|I was pregnant at 19 years of age. My first two trimesters were a breeze. I only had a few experience of morning sickness, five at the most. I was gaining weight at a good rate and everything looked great. All the normal tests came back with excellent results. I went in for my routine biweekly check up on my 29th week I believe and the doctor noticed my blood pressure a little high and sent me to the lab for some tests. A few days later I was in labor and delivery for bleeding and minor contractions. They sent me home that day and I was scheduled for an ultra sound to check the placement of the placenta a few days later. Everything looked okay but they continued to monitor my blood pressure. The next week, my 30th, I noticed a lot of swelling in my ankles, face, and hands. I had already gained 30 pounds which seemed odd since I had been putting it on at a good rate thus far. My blood pressure was still not getting any better. My OB said to take it easy but I did not need to be put on full bed rest just yet. The weekend before I hit 31 weeks, August 28th, I noticed I was getting major headaches and what felt like severe heart burn only at night. It occurred for only a few hours before it subsided so I didn't think much of it. The next night, August 29th, it happened again, this time it lasted a bit longer. Sunday, August 30th, very late at night I was in extreme pain. The headache was pounding and unbearable and the heart burn was at its worst. I was up all night and there was no getting rid of the pain. Finally the morning of August 31st at 8 am I had to go to the hospital I couldn't stand the pain any longer. When I was admitted in Labor and Delivery the first thing they did was check my blood pressure. It was 200/115. My OB and nurses were scared I was going to seize at any moment. I was given Magnesium to help my BP and a shot in my rear for the baby's lungs. It was no doubt that the baby was coming that day. St. Mary's Hospital was no equipped for a baby so premature. I was taken in a helicopter to another hospital. I arrived by 10 am. They were giving my the necessary drugs to induce. The doctors were hoping to have the baby out by the next day, September 1st. Later that evening I was getting my epidural when things started going downhill. My kidneys had began to fail and something was off. As I was hunched over getting my epidural my blood pressure, and the baby's, were dropping and a severe rate. The doctors had me get on my hands and knees but it didn't seem to help. I was unplugged from the wall and being pushed down the hall to the OR before I could realize what was going on. I was having an emergency C-section. I was put completely under. Next thing I knew, I was waking up in ICU, where I stayed for 2 days before I could see my son. He was born 3 lbs. 9 oz. 15 3/4 inches long. He had to remain in the NICU for about 4 weeks. He only remained on oxygen for 2 days, had a minor brain bleed on the left side which corrected itself, jaundice, and a heart murmur. He was transferred to a different hospital for two more weeks before he was able to come home. He came home at 4 lbs. 10 oz and 6 weeks old. Now at 13 weeks, he is 9 lbs and 4 oz and growing very fast. I am very lucky that we both made remarkable recoveries. While at the hospital I signed a release to be in a case study. The doctors explained that I had an extremely severe case of preeclampsia that came on very fast. I hadn't known anything about this disorder and didn't know what to expect. The fact that the doctors told me I have a 40% chance of getting it with my next pregnancy makes me a little uneasy, but glad that I now know what to expect and what to watch for.|
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...