Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was
Hello. My name is Samantha. I have experienced preeclampsia twice now. My first son was born 9 weeks and 1 day premature by emergency c-section because of my preeclampsia. I had a very quick onset in his case and don't think they could have caught it any sooner than they did. They gave me steroids before he was born so that his lungs would develop more rapidly. He was born at 3lbs 12 oz and was in the NICU for only 12 days. He never had any complications to speak of and was gaining weight fairly well. He is now 3.5 years old but everyone thinks he's at least 5! He has had a problem with seizures and has been seeing a pediatric neurologist for the past two years, with no results or conclusions as to why he is having seizures. Other than that, he is a very healthy, very active little boy with no developmental problems.
My second son was born exactly 7 weeks early by emergency c-section. This time, the preeclampsia developed a little more slowly and they were being more cautious this time around. I was hospitalized on Dec. 21st because they could see that my health was going downhill. On December 26th, 2008 he was born at 3 lbs 4 oz. He was also in the NICU for a fairly short amount of time. He was not able to digest food so he was given nutrition through an IV for the first three days of his life. After a lot of worrying, talk of surgery, a lot of xrays and specialists, one day he just had a bowel movement! It was such a happy day for us because this meant he probably didn't need surgery and that if he kept doing well with small amounts of milk and digesting it properly, we wouldn't have to worry about that anymore. He was never on oxygen and didn't have any other complications. He was there for 11 days. He came home at 4 lbs 2 oz. He is now 1.5 years old and very healthy and happy. He is still having trouble catching up as far as size (he's now in the 8th percentile for weight in his age and the 40th percentile for height) but developmentally they are saying he is actually ahead!
After my second son was born my blood pressure never went down. I started having migraines on a daily basis and was put on daily migraine medicines as well as blood pressure medication.
I am now near the end of my first trimester with our third child. My husband is deployed and is supposed to come home 10 days before my due date. I am seeing an OB who specializes in high risk pregnancies and although he says that with my blood pressure being high already he isn't confident that I'll make it past 35 weeks, he is confident that he can get me to that point! Crossing my fingers that the third time is the charm and that I won't have the same complications this pregnancy that I have had before :)
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...