Up until about 30 weeks my pregnancy had been wonderful. Correct amounts of weight gain
Up until about 30 weeks my pregnancy had been wonderful. Correct amounts of weight gain and healthy looking baby. My problems started around 30 weeks and it consisted mostly of headaches that would not go away and a constant upper right quadrant pain. The pain became so intense to the point of not being able to sleep an living off Tylenol. I had had a touch of bronchitis before and my doctor believed I was having some pain from that.
At my 35 week checkup at the health department I was not feeling well at all that morning and when they took my blood pressure of course it was 150/101 and way too high so they sent me straight to the local hospital and from there my OB decided it was best to send me straight to a University hospital. At the University hospital they said I had preeclampsia and that I had something called HELLP Syndrome as well. I had never heard of either of those things until that time. They tried for a very long time to induce me about 12 hours of labor and only 5 cm dilated, they decided that since my blood pressure wasn't going down in response to the medications they were giving me for it that they would have to do an emergency C-section. So after entering the hospital at about 2:30 on a Wednesday I was given an emergency C-section at 4:21 am on Thursday morning.
My son was 35 weeks and even though he spent a few weeks in the NICU he was quite healthy and his weight began to pack on quickly. I however had the worst of the issues. Not only did I keep the high blood pressure for another 3 days but they also found a blood clot in my renal vein. Renal vein thrombosis I believe it was called but I was on blood thinner injections that I gave to myself for 6 months after my son's birth. I still to this day have enlargement of the Pituitary gland and the reason for that has not been determined. The blood clot has went away but I am at high risk for clots now. I often wonder about having a second child but am scared of possible complications involved.
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...