Posted On Friday, March 01, 2013 by angela
My name is Angela and I got pregnant with my son Ayden when I was 18. I was an active person before I got pregnant and would run 3 miles a week. My first trimester and half way through my second trimester was great. I had no issues at the time and thought it was going to be an easy pregnancy. I would try and stay active by jogging during my pregnancy but that's what got me into trouble.
I started to notice blood and immediately called the doctor. That same day I was admitted into the hospital for having contractions at 5 months and I was given magnesium sulfate for about a week. I was finally able to go home and was on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. I had weekly visit from then on and they monitored my contractions for about an hour every week. The contractions never went away until my induced due date.
It was the last week before my delivery when I started to notice my face, my hands, and feet swell up. I called the doctor and told him what was going on. He saw me that day and checked my blood pressure and my feet and told me everything was normal and to not worry. I found it strange that they didn't test my urine for protein that day but I let it go because my doctor gave me the reassurance that everything was fine.
My delivery day came and immediately they notice my blood pressure was abnormally very high. They ran several test and had them sent in to the lab. My labor went on and I had my son Ayden within 5 hours of being admitted. He was born on December 22, 2011 @ 10:27pm and weighed 8lbs 7oz. He was a big baby considering that I'm only 4'11 and weighed 110 lbs before my pregnancy.
Minutes after having delivered my son I started to feel weak and nausea. I had this horrible headache that I wouldn't wish on anyone. My head felt like it was going to explode and I was in tears from the pain. I remember asking for water and they told me to sip very little water but I was so thirsty I didn't listen. Soon after I vomited and just wanted to rest my eyes because they felt swollen and very heavy. About 12 am the last thing I remember telling the nurse was that my headache was very painful and soon after I went into a seizure. Thankfully, it didn't last long and it was the only convulsion I had. I stayed about a week in the hospital until I was released to be with my son. It was a life changing experience that I will forever remember like it was yesterday.
My lab results came back in only hours after my seizure and I was diagnosed with preeclampsia.
Thanks for listening everyone!
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 ...