I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope.
Posted On Friday, January 08, 2010 by Jamie
I want to tell my story so that I can give other women hope. I had preeclampsia while pregnant with my child. It was a complete shock. I had never heard of it, never seen it, and never knew of anyone who had a complicated pregnancy which resulted in extremely premature birth. I was first diagnosed with preeclampsia at 29 weeks. I was diagnosed, sent to the nearest hospital which was able to facilitate my needs (and was also 1 1/2 hrs. from home), and delivered my son all within a single weekend. this was the most horrify experience of my life. I acknowledged the fact that I my own health and even life was on the line and in danger, but the thought that my baby was coming soon, 11 weeks early, scared me senseless. I tried to stay calm through out the entire process and did fairly well, but there is only so much a person can handle. I feel God played a large part in all that happened. He was not only with me, but also with my family members, and my 2 lb. 7 oz. premature son.
My son was born early, but healthy considering all. He had all the normal premature aspects. He could not breath, eat, live on his own, but with help from God and all of the wonderful doctors and nurses he built his strength day by day. He was a trooper to say the least. We spent 6 weeks in the Nicu. While there we worked on him getting off the ventilator, learning to breath with out the help of extra O2, learning to eat on his own, and every other little thing--it seemed like there were so many.
We came home with him on oxygen, but eventually lost it too. the first months at home were so scary, but then again it was so good to be home with our little miracle. Our son is now 2 yrs old. He has had so many doctors appointments to make sure he is growing and developing well. I am so thankful to say he is a healthy, happy, smart--normal 2 yr. old! Thank God again--I can not thank Him enough! Every thing has checked out well so far and of course we know we will always have to keep an eye on him, but he is wonderful. Good luck to all the moms out there who have pre-e or who have had a premature baby. It is one of the most horrifying things you will probably experience, but you can over come it all. You can have a successfull child and life. I wish I had had some to tell me there is hope---I know we conquered it all and you can too! Do not give up--remember no matter what give your child all that you possible can to benefit them starting with all of your love! Good luck and feel free to ask if you have questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ...