Pre-Eclampsia and Gestational diabetes in 3rd pregnancy.
Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Amy
Many people develop pre-eclampsia in their 1st pregnancy, but that wasn't the case with me. Other than terrible nausea, I had very healthy pregnancies for my first two. Pregnancy #3 came along and I had gestational diabetes around 18 weeks. I followed a very strict diet and did not need insulin.
At week 33, my blood pressure jumped. I took a 24-hour urine and the protein level was around 60. I took another 24-hour urine the next week, it was up to 300+ (now officially pre-eclampsia). At week 35, the protein jumped to 1600. I was swelling pretty badly, which is new for me - I did not swell even a little with my previous two. Early 36 weeks, because of the persistent headache and continued swelling, it was time to induce.
I delivered my first two without pain medications or epidurals. To prevent seizures, I was given a magnesium drip for this 3rd delivery. It is a new experience and one that I wish I had been warned about. It made me feel exhausted, dizzy and disconnected. I was not able to move around in the room like I had before. If I got up to use the bathroom, the room would spin. Each contraction made me feel like I was being tortured. It was a terrible experience compared to the empowering, adrenaline-filled deliveries I had before. I was still very dizzy and disconnected for the following 24 hours when they kept me on the magnesium.
My baby boy was good except for slightly under-developed lungs. They put too much pressure on his oxygen and after 24 hours of life, two holes in his lungs released air into his chest. This lead to a 2 week stay in the NICU and he was on low oxygen and a monitor at home for the next 2 months.
My story was not as tragic and traumatizing as others I've read here. I know I'm blessed to have made it through just fine and my baby as well. Still, with this pregnancy (expecting #4) I will demand a steroid shot be given the second pre-eclampsia arises to get my baby as mature as possible. I will also try to be induced before pre-eclampsia becomes so severe so perhaps we can avoid the magnesium because it can make your labor experience one that you fear and never want to visit again.
Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all...