Hello I tried to get pregnant for 3 years before, finally doing so in April
|Hello! I tried to get pregnant for 3 years before, finally doing so in April of 2001. I had previously had laparotomy for ovarian tumors; laparoscopy for adhesions from that surgery; hysteroscopy for uterine growths and alot of tests. Well, that preg. ended in miscarriage. Luckily, 2 months later, I got pregnant again. I had some nausea, but overall, a pretty easy first 6 months. Although, I did have severe carpal tunnel (pretty common in pregnancy). Slowly, I started to really swell. My shoes would not fit and my legs left an indention if you touched them. My blood pressure had started to creep up. I always had very low pressure and it had been around 115/75 for months. In Feb. 2002, it was around 140/90. Dr. put me on bedrest and was monitoring me every few days or so. Suddenly protein started showing up in my urine, but only in small amounts at first. Shortly afterwards, I was having massive headaches and seeing spots. Dr. started telling me I would deliver 3-5 weeks before my due date. Around March 15, my mother in law passed away suddenly. Stress levels were awful! My blood pressure the day before her funeral was 165/110. Dr. said, go home and lay down..come back the next day after doing the 24 hour urine test. I went back on 3-22-2 (about 3 weeks before my due date) and pressure was the same. 24 hour urine was very high...they next did blood work to check my liver and kidney functions. Both of these tests came back showing my liver and kidneys were beginning to malfunction and shut down. I was in labor and delivery for about 3-4 hours on constant blood pressure check and the baby monitor on. When I went into the operating room, my pressure was 189/115. doctors and nurses were pretty panicked. By 7:56 pm-I had a c-section and Alex was born. He showed signs of stress and had passsed meconium in the womb. I was put on blood pressure meds, which I would stay on for 3 months afterwards. I was in the hospital for a week (with bad headaches and pressure monitored every hour), to make sure I didn't have a seizure. I was so depressed afterwards, because the headaches would not go away and I felt awful. I am so scared it will happen again and I am contemplating not having another one. Dr. said it was the most severe case of pre-eclampsia he had seen and we could have both died. I am so sorry to all those who have had this horrible disease and to those who have lost a child because of it.|
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 ...