At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed
Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 by Jayne
At 33 years of age with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. I was informed that if I were to have any more children that the chances of it reoccurring were slight. However, five years later during the birth of my second son I had it more severe with the onset of HELLP syndrome, nearly losing my sight. but with the aid of magnesium sulphate and a long hospital stay my son and I survived. I was not informed that this was so dangerous. Unfortunately, because I was not informed that if there was a 'next time' I did not look into sterilization and fell pregnant for a third time (unplanned) within ten months of giving birth. My GP and 2 perinatologists informed me that if I were to go through with this pregnancy I would have an estimated 90% chance of not pulling through; Even though I am highly religious, at six weeks gestation I reluctantly went through with a termination. It has changed my life profusely. The wonder 'ifs' etc etc will always be there. and I wonder, 11 years on if there had been anything I could have done to change my situation. This child belonged to my family, and would have been a full blooded sibling to my other two (healthy) boys. If there is anything I can do to find out more to settle my mind I would. If I could find at least one other woman that has been through this it would be wonderful; it was a very lonely experience. If I could pass this message on or help others in any way I would be glad.
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 ...