Delivery at 34 weeks with my daughter, considering trying to conceive again....
Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Melissa
Having had type 1 diabetes for 17 years my pregnancy was high risk from the start. Things just seemed to go from bad to worse. At 20 weeks my cervix started shortening, and at 29 weeks I was hospitalized for preterm labor, and then on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. Everything was fine and the bed rest was working, I went in on a Friday for my bi weekly non-stress test at 34 weeks, my blood pressure was a bit high so to be on the safe side I took a urine test for protein and came back at +4 which mean I had excessive protein in my urine. The doctor came back to tell me I would deliver that day. I was sent right over to Labor and Delivery and put on pitocin and mag. Well of course they fought each other and 24 hours later I was in for an emergency c-section due to baby's hear rate dropping.
I know I am so lucky to be able to say that my baby was perfect and healthy and actually got to go home with us despite being born 6 weeks early.
Had the nurse not had me do a urine test and sent me home for the weekend I do not know what would have happened to me and my little girl. I am so thankful for my nurse being diligent and catching this.
Now my husband and I are starting to talk about having another baby and we are so concerned about getting pre-e again. So I am here looking for answers to my questions about a second pregnancy and the chances of getting pre-e again and looking for any advice on things to try to prevent pre-e.
Here to help and hopefuly give you encouragement.
Posted On Monday, September 24, 2012 by Elizabeth
My name is Elizabeth Williams and I had preeclampsia with my first pregnancy which was twins. I had high blood pressure my whole pregnancy and then around 23 weeks I passed out at home ne mornign and then ended up going to the hospital. They checked my blood pressure and then checked my urine and knew something wasn;t right at all. I then had blood work done and it came back that my platet count was low so they diagnosed me with pre-e and i was transfurred to another hospital with a great NICU. I was in the hospital for almost 2 months and then because my platlet count was low they decided to do a c-section. I am already high risk because of another issue so I couldn't have delivered them natural like I wanted to. They where both born and weighted 4lbs each. They where in the hospital for 2 weeks and then got to come home and they have been pretty healthy ever since. Thank God. I had them in March of 2009. I then got pregnant again in March of 2010 I believe and had my daugther in december of 2010. She is perfect! I did not have any issues with high blood pressure with my second pregnancy and did not get pre-e. They thought I may have been getting it at 15 weeks but I was not and had a normal vaginal birth. I am now pregnant again and am 20 weeks. starting at around 15 weeks i started having some issues with my blood pressure being up but it hasn't been horrible and my doctors are keeping an eye on it. I hope that my story and knowing that you can have a normal pregnancy after having pre-e can happen. As far as preventing it. There is nothing you can really do to prevent it persay. You can try to keep your stress level down as much as possible during pregnancy and keep your blood pressure low. Keep a good diet and make sure to rest. Also if you do decide to tro for another baby which I hope you do. (-: just keep an eye out for the signs of pre-e. That means really bad headahes that your not use to, pain under your ribs on the right side. Blurry vision, sudden sweeling etc.... Also you may want to invest in a blood pressur emachine from your local wal-mart or drug store. When I had it with my twins my doctor had suggested i get one and it is really good tool in keeping up with your blood pressure. Like when I start to get a headache now and I feel dizzy and like i'm going to pass out I check my blood pressure so i can see what it is. I got mine for about 30 I believe at wal-mart and it's just a simple one. They do have more elaberate ones that cost more but a simple one should be ok. I hope I have helped you and have answered some of your questions. (-: God bless you and yoru family.
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...