As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I
Posted On Tuesday, December 03, 2002 by Nancy
|As a registered nurse I knew that there could be problems during pregnancy but I am not a midwife so didn't know much about pre-eclampsia. I had been sick with hyperemersis for 13 weeks and didn't think anything else could be that bad. Wrong! At about 26 weeks my obstretrican told me I had pre-eclampsia and to take things easy. By 31 weeks I could no longer work and was told to go to bed for the rest of the pregnancy. I was scared and depressed and had no one to turn to. At the end of my 34th week my blood pressure was elevated at rest and I started to develop renal symptoms. I was put in hospital and put on medication to reduce my blood pressure. I was alright until 35 + 2 weeks when I developed fulminating pre-eclapmpsia and rushed to theatre for a emergency caesarian section. I was frightened but my obstretrican and midwifes were wonderful. I delivered a healthly premature baby who has never had any problems with her health from being premature and I thank my lucky stars every day of her life that both of us survived. 3 weeks after she was born I went back to my obstretrican for my checkup and he told me I was never to have any more children and I would probably not survive the second time. As you can imagine I was shocked but never wanted to go through that again anyway. For any woman you feels she has any symptoms of pre-eclapmsia get help now it can save you life and your child/ren.|
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 ...