Hello -I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had
I had an up and down pregnancy last year. I was told I had a 1/8 chance of having a baby with down syndrome so I did an amniocentesis and found he would be okay. It was the most scary time of my life. 1/8! I couldn't believe it since I was 34 and thought I had better odds than that. Anyway, at 29 weeks for my regular check up I went in to my appointment letting my ob-gyn know that my swelling had gotten worse and I was down to only one pair of comfortable shoes. She felt my legs and immediately told me she was going to admit me to the hospital that night and I was done working until the baby came.
Of course I was in total disbelief! I had 2 1/2 months to go, how was this possible!? It's amazing how your mind and emotions race as you try to digest everything and adjust your plans. Anyway, I was admitted and fought the doctors and nurses saying I felt just fine, asking them why I couldn't at least be on bed rest at home, etc. But then, my BP started to get up there and I went from 10 times the normal amount of protein in my urine to 26 times the following week! The high risk pregnancy people at the hospital hadn't seen this so high and not be in full on eclampsia mode. I didn't have the other symptoms such as blurred vision or migraines. They started me on different cocktails of blood pressure meds to try to draw out the pregnancy as long as possible but I only lasted a week in and had to deliver at 30 weeks.
I was devastated and crying. How could this be happening? My poor baby wasn't ready to come out. I had an emergency c-section and my baby boy was born at 3 lbs 9 oz. That night my blood pressure was still spiking and it was the first time in my life I thought I might die. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and felt it was difficult to breathe and my heart felt like it was racing. I told the nurse she should get the doctor. They then started me on a bunch of other meds and watched me closely. I finally saw my baby the following night once I was more under control. He was beautiful but I was devastated to see him hooked up to all these machines with cords everywhere. He looked so uncomfortable. Long story short, I was in the hospital for 5 days after giving birth and my baby was in the NICU for 8 weeks. He is doing wonderful now at 6 months! I would like to maybe try for another baby in a couple of years but I am very nervous about having complications again and delivering a baby even sooner than 30 weeks, which seems like that's the trend. Not sure, it's all still uncertain.
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 ...