Hi I got pregnant at the age of 20. During my 6th month of pregnancy,
Posted On Saturday, November 02, 2002 by Sarah
|Hi! I got pregnant at the age of 20. During my 6th month of pregnancy, I started having contractions. I observed it happened every time I got tired. I didn't really discuss it with my OB/GYNE because it didn't happen often but I mentioned it to my husband's aunt who also happened to be a doctor. She advised me to stay in bed. But everything felt normal so I didn't listen to her advice and treated my infrequent contractions as normal. When I was on my 8th month, I saw my doctor for my monthly check-up. Everything was normal. No sign for alarm. That same day, after my check-up I went out with my husband. That night, I started having contractions again. This time, it won't go away. I didn't fall asleep that night. I was crying in pain the whole time. My husband was supportive and kept an eye on me. Early the next morning, I went up to go to the bathroom. There was a trace of blood when I urinated. This alarmed me, and my husband and I kept on calling our doctor for advice. She just asked me to increase my intake of Duvadilan. I stayed in bed the whole day that day. I got up only to go to the bathroom. At around 6pm, there was a trace of blood in my urine again. We went to the nearest hospital where I was examined and was diagnosed to be under premature labor. No wonder it was so painful! I was 1 1/2cm dilated and was asked to transfer to a bigger hospital. I was rushed to the ER of a bigger city hospital. There I stayed in the labor room for about 24 hours. They were trying to keep me from delivering my baby who's only about 32 weeks at the time. The next day I was allowed to go to a private room where I stayed for about 3 days. On my third day, my BP started climbing up and the contractions got stronger and more frequent. The doctors and nurses didn't mention the word "preeclampsia" but my husband's aunt doctor did. She was very worried and although they kept quiet about it, I felt that something is wrong and that I was in big trouble. Anyway, I was given medicines for my BP to stabilize but then my contractions did not stop until they were only five minutes apart. At this point, my husband already alerted the nurse and I was taken again to the labor room where we waited for my doctor. I was in such terrible pain that I didn't know what was happening, all I know is that i have to deliver my baby via emergency C-section. I was then given medicines for the pain and was taken to the OR. I specifically asked to be kept awake during delivery so I can see my baby before they take him to the NICU. Though he was only 3.5 pounds, he was the most beautiful baby boy I have ever seen! I was in the recovery room when I woke up the next day. I didn't feel anything but the I heard the nurses around me worrying about my BP being so high. It's somthing like 150/100. Fortunately, I was given the proper treatment because they were able to diagnose my preeclampsia right away (though they didn't tell me anything about it). After 2 days, I was already released. But my BP still shot up while I was home and I had to continually drink Lasix and stay in bed. Unfortunately, my baby had to stay in the incubator for one more week. He stayed in the nursery for about 3 weeks before my husband and I decided to take him home with us. Miggy, now 2 1/2 years old, is now a happy and active toddler. My husband implies that he wants another baby but I am kind of apprehensive about it. I don't think I wanna go through that experience all over again. I think I was very scared, if not traumatized, much more than I let on. I've had my share of his terrible two's but that'|
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