Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was
Posted On Friday, January 15, 2010 by Sarah
Hello, my name is Sarah and I am 29 living in New Zealand. I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy. Luckily it was diagnosed early and we had a very happy outcome. Here is our story:
The first 28 weeks of our pregnancy ran smoothly, I was healthy and baby was growing well. I have a health condition (IBD) which can lead to the baby being born small so I was scheduled for regular ultrasounds and obstetrician appointments.
At one of the OBS appointments, my BP was taken as per usual and read 140/90. As I had a BP reading of 126/60 at my first prenatal appointment, the obstetrician was now less focused on my IBD but on my elevated blood pressure. I was closely monitored from then (28 weeks gestation). So i had weekly appointments with my midwife, fortnightly appointments with the obstetrician and fortnightly ultrasounds. I was told to take it easy and reduce my hours at work. At that stage I didn't realise how serious the situation was, and kept going as usual because I felt fine.
My BP stayed around the 140/90 mark for the next couple of weeks, so the doctors and midwife seemed happy enough.
I went in for my scheduled appointment with my midwife at 31 weeks gestation, my BP now read around 150/98. She was not happy at all. I was sent straight up to the hospital for PET blood tests, which came back fine, so after an overnight stay I was sent home with strict instructions to rest and take it easy. Again I didn't realise the seriousness of the situation and kept on as I felt fine.
At 33 weeks my BP had risen to 156/110 and I had an ultrasound growth scan, our baby had slowed down growing dramatically and there was less amniotic fluid around our baby than there should have been. Call me stupid, but it only then hit me that my BP was affecting not only me but our baby too.
I was told that I will more than likely be delivering our baby early, and that I would be living in hospital on bed rest until this happened.
At 34 weeks gestation I was given steroid injections to mature our baby's lungs, and on the 28th of May 2009, at 35 weeks gestation, labour was induced using syntocinon via IV.
My "waters" were broken at 11:15am and labour was established by 12:30pm. Little Jonty was born at 3:40pm after a very intense labour which almost required an emergency c-section. At around 3pm I wasn't doing so well and Jonty was starting to show signs of distress, I could hear his heart beat slow on every contraction, apparently his HB had dropped to 60bpm for 1 minute, so it was decided to have me "prepped" for surgery. Just before I was taken through to theatre the registrar checked my cervix and I was 9cm dilated, so the decision was to deliver Jonty naturally.
Jonty weighed 2020gms or 4.7pounds. He was very healthy though.
I was taken back up to postnatal ward while Jonty was taken to the Special Care Baby Unit.
I had to have my blood pressure taken every 2 hours and I was given labetolol tablets to try to bring down my BP. I also had to monitor my water intake and record my "output" and had blood tests every 24 hours. 4 days after Jonty was born, I was discharged from postnatal, and was able to stay with Jonty in the SCBU.
We stayed in the Special Care Baby Unit for a couple of weeks, to get feeding established.
I know due to very close monitoring and our superb medical team we had a very happy outcome. In the end I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia. Jonty is now almost 8 months old and such a cool wee dude.
My husband and I are keen to try for baby #2 soon, and hopefully we aren't affected by pre-eclampsia again.
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 ...