My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older
My husband and I were married in June of 2002. I am a bit older than he so we decided to try for a child right away and much to our surprise we succeeded. My first pregnancy was miserable and things were complicated with gestational diabetes and such but no preeclampsia. Our baby boy Lucas is now 7 and wonderfully feisty.
We conceived shortly after Lucas was born and I suffered a terrible labored miscarriage at 13 weeks with our second child.
We really wanted a sibling for Lucas and another child and we tried for several years and finally conceived Lyndzie. I had no concerns at all during this pregnancy and I pasted my glucose test with flying colors so no GD. Towards the sixth month of my pregnancy my blood pressure started rising slowly, each visit a little higher. By my 36th week I was so swollen and had gained a ton of weight quickly. My blood pressure never reached higher than 154/94 but my urine had protein in it. I remember so clearly my doctor saying we will see you tomorrow for your c-section (repeat). No one told me what was going on etc.
We show up the next morning for the section and the nurse asks me why we are delivering so early and I tell her that my BP is up and she says well it's normal now. So whatever we proceed and things go well.
Lyndzie weighs a healthy 6lbs. 14 ozs. and is beautiful. She comes home only to be readmitted for high bilirubin levels and is in the hospital for an extra week. Me on the other hand am handling things well and just a bit concerned about the swelling I have in my feet and hands. We come home and I proceed to just feel terrible. I chalk it up to having a c-section, sick child, another child all of these things. Little did I know that I am suffering from preeclampsia still. Our second night home as a family I faint in the hallway and my husband gets scared and has me call the OB and he says that you are just exhausted and need to rest. I end up in the ER with blood pressure of 210/160. No one gives me anything to prevent seizures or anything. I feel fortunate to have made it through this time and am grateful for my daughter and son. My blood pressure has been chronically high since all of this and has never gone back to normal.
In April of 2010 we found out much to our surprise that we are expecting again. I have a lot of risk factors and am scared to death for my life and the life of my unborn child. What makes this harder is that I have two children that just adore me and they need me and I them. I have a mildly high BP right now on no medication, I am only 12 weeks, I already have gestational diabetes. I pray everyday that God spares us both. I am on a mild baby aspirin regimen. Whether or not it will work who knows but I hope so!
Thanks for listening. Keep us all in prayer.
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