I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by
Posted On Monday, November 25, 2002 by Antoinette
|I was 29 years old and was pregnant with my first child a girl by the name of Rebekah Danielle Ulven. I had a easy pregnancy starting out never had any morning sickness on the third month I could no longer wear my wedding rings. I was being seen monthly and was having no problems until about the end of my fifth month, I started swelling and developed edema which later became severe preclampsia. I gained 63 pounds of fluid in my body over the three week period of my 5th month and 6 month. I went back on an emergency visit at 28 weeks when my doctor put me in the hospital immediately due to my blood pressure and my protein in the urine. As soon as I went in to the hospital they gave me a steroid shot to develop the baby's lungs because she was so early. Forty-eight hours after the shots she could be delivered. Rebekah died about an hour before delivery.I had a placental abbruption due to my blood pressure being so high, She was stillborn. After I had my C-Section and came out of recovery the toxins from the preclampsia had shut my system completely down. My kidneys had complete failure, my liver had complete failure and my eye sight had failed. I was in ICU for a week where they was no expecting me to live over night but by the Grace Of God I am alive today my kidneys are 100% back to normal, my liver is 100% back to normal and my eyesight is completely back to normal as well. They had told me due to my system failing that It would be at least 6 months to a year before I could ever get pregnant again. 3 months later I became pregnant again and am now in my 5 month and I am doing fine so far. This baby is also another little girl and her name will be Rachel Allison Ulven. Every day I stop and think about Rebekah and think about what she would be like now. She would have been 8 months old now if she had lived. My husband and I was able to hold that beautiful baby in our arms and kiss her goodby. I go to her grave often and I look up at heaven and tell her everyday that I love her and miss her but I know without a doubt that I will see her again when we get to Heaven. Donna Donna|
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 ...