Dealing with a pregnancy conceived by an assault, I was having minor complications from the
Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Siddhartha
Dealing with a pregnancy conceived by an assault, I was having minor complications from the begining. I knew something else was going to happen early in my pregnancy but I was praying I was wrong. I had scheduled my shower in August, 3 months before my due date because three of my cousins were also pregnant but nothing prepared me for what was going to happen 3 days later. I had already began to swell in the ankles and had been to the emergency countless times that week with no signs of anything wrong.
Three days after my babyshower, I awoke with a major headached that had started the night before as a slight ache in my temple. I called the doctor on call and she put me on hold to check my test results from the previous week and told me get in there asap. They still had not told me what was wrong but I had an idea of what was going to happen. I called and made arrangements for my two older daughters because I knew I wouldn't be returning home for a while. In my mind I thought they were going to say I had to stay until my due because my test results showed I was high risk for preterm labor due to how low she was sitting. When I arrived at the hospital, the triage nurse called LD and told them I was there and checked my pressure. She noticed it was a little high but nothing too bad. By the time I got up to the delivery floor, my pressure had doubled and my head was pounding. I got the medicine and they admitted me to be watched. Their plan was to help me make it to 34 weeks and I was only 29 weeks. They kept me for two days and Friday morning I awoke and felt like normal. I got up ate breakfast, and was expecting my family to come see. I sat at the window beginning to feel my head throb and began to rub my temple as the nurse seen me from the hallway. She came in and told me to get in the bed so she could check my pressure just to be safe. My pressure had shot back up to very dangerous level. They rushed to get me the medicine and called the doctor in to see what he wanted to do. Within an hour I watched my pressure slowly rise into the 200's. The attending doctor just happened to have to come back to his office when he ran into a resident that told him what was happening. When he seen my veins standing out my neck and they gave him my chart to see my kidney and liver functions were changing, he orderd her delivery. They tried to enduce me but her heart rate began to drop with every contraction. They got my epidural to see if that helped with her distress but it did not. As my doctor stood at my side, with my family watching and talking about my options, the BP bell rang this crazy sound. My pressure was over 200 and she ran out to get the OR team ready. I was wheeled down to the OR and given an emergency C-section to save me and my baby's life.
She was born 11 weeks premature weighing 2 pounds 13 oz.
After the traumatic delivery and recovery and baby's 1 1/2 months in the hospital, baby girl and I are finally home. I still have bad headaches and swelling from time to time but hopefully I will recover like a normal woman would from this horrible disease.
My message to all women pregnant, going to be or trying. Get educated about this and other serious disorders that can be harmful. I had never experienced this with my two previous pregnancies and had no clue of what to look for.
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 ...