I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had
I survived but our son did not. He was stillborn at 34 weeks. I had an appointment at my doctor's office two days before this happened and the nurse indicated in the medical record that there was protein in my urine sample which told them that there was a problem with my kidneys. She did not tell the doctor of this and I was sent home to rest rather than be hospitalized to be observed.
Two days later I became very ill with pressure in my abdominal area. I went to see my doctor who sent me to the hospital in Waterloo and contacted a OB-GYN to look at me. By the time I got to the hospital my kidneys had failed and my blood pressure was so high that they gave me two shots of magnesium to bring it down and bring me back from a stroke.
When the OB-GYN finally came to see me she immediately knew that I had preeclampsia and contacted Iowa City to transfer me there. I was life flighted to Iowa City where they delivered our son. The placenta had pulled away from the wall of the uterus and I was bleeding internally with no evidence to our family doctor or the OB-GYN which is what caused his death. I spent 10 days in Iowa City and for the first 4 days my kidneys did not work. They did come back on the 4th day and I was given a clearance of no permanent damage to them 6 weeks later. I was told that I was high risk and that we should not have another pregnancy because the next time it would probably mean not only the baby's life but mine as well. We had a 2 year old at the time and we chose not to have another pregnancy. I learned later that if you have preeclampsia you will develop diabetes which I have developed.
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 ...