I am thankful to find such a wonderful website in which I am able to
|I am thankful to find such a wonderful website in which I am able to share my story in hopes of helping someone through their grief or educating another women in hopes that she does not have to go through this horrible experience. I was 22 weeks pregnant with my first pregnancy when during my normal prenatal visit the doctor found my blood pressure to be abnormally high, there was protein in my urine and my swelling was extreme. I had gained 28 pounds in one week. He did an u/s and found that there was very little fluid around the baby. he put me on immediate bed rest and told me that I had preeclampsia. I went to the doctor twice a week for the next few weeks and nothing seemed to change. I was on Aldomet for the blood pressure but the fluid around the baby never improved. The doctor stated that the damage had been done and the only cure for preeclampsia is delivery. I was placed in the hospital at 25 weeks when the Aldomet was no longer working to control the blood pressure. I was placed on an IV drip of fluids, given steriods to help the lungs develop and my blood pressure was monitered every hour. At 26 weeks, August 27, 2002, I began to crash. My blood pressure had risen to 198/124 and the doctor needed to remove the baby. They put me on a magnesium sulfate drip (absolutely horrible) and I had an emergency c-section 1 hour later. Taylor Evan was born weighing less than 1 pound. Taylor lived for 3 days until his little body gave out on him. It turns out that I have Antiphospholipid Syndrome which contributed to me getting preeclampsia so early in pregnancy. In future pregnancies, I will be on a regime of baby aspirin and heparin shots. I do not wish this on anyone. Losing a child is the worst thing I have ever been through and I will never recover from this loss. I am still trying to deal with the pain of losing my child while also dealing with medical problems. I am still trying to get my blood pressure under control. If anyone has any further information on future pregnancies with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, please feel free to email me. I would also like to hear any stories that are similar. Thanks for listening.|
Ethan will be turning 3 at the end of this month (October). The month of October always brings up some scary memories and emotions for me... I never thought I would have a difficult pregnancy or labor. After all...