In June of 1999 I learned that I was pregnant. I was only 18 and
Posted On Sunday, November 01, 2009 by Geoff
In June of 1999 I learned that I was pregnant. I was only 18 and extremely healthy. At 5'1 I weighed 105 pounds and had been an athlete my entire life. My due date was January 25, 2000. In late September the doctors started noticing protein in my urine, rapid weight gain and elevated blood pressure. To offset these symtoms they placed me home on bed rest. This did nothing for my condition. The symptoms only worsened and I was hospitalized by the first week of December. The prescribed blood pressure meds that seemed to do nothing and more bed rest. After that stressful ordeal my daughter was born via emergency C-section on January 8, 2000 and despite only weighing a little over 4 pounds she was perfectly healthy and had no long term effects.
In late 2005 I got pregnant again and the Pre-Ecampsia started much earlier. I was diagnosed no later then 12 weeks. The weight gain and blood pressure were out of control. By 24 weeks I had gone from 110 pounds to 175 and my blood pressure was so high my doctor was concerned I would have a stroke. I could not breath deep breaths and had chest pains. The water retention was so out of control I couldn't wear shoes. My son was born June 20, 2006 at 29 weeks. He was a decent weight but would not eat on his own, couldn't hold body temperature and his hearing did not test weel. He remained in the NICU until the end of August. He is underwieght now at age 3 and has speech problems. For me... The high blood never went away. I diet and exercise on a regular basis but that was not enough to control it so I am still medicated.
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 ...