My name is Michelle Potter. I discovered that I was pregnant for the first time
My name is Michelle Potter. I discovered that I was pregnant for the first time in August 2001. My husband and I were thrilled. I was 29 years old, healthy, and ready to become a mom. I read a bunch of books about pregnancy, took my prenatal vitamins, ate a healthy diet, and received regular check-ups throughout my pregnancy. Everything looked great until Sunday, January 13, 2002.
Just a week before, I'd seen my midwife for a monthly check-up. I had gained a bit of weight for that month, and my ankles were swollen, but my midwife and I were not concerned. My blood pressure was normal and there was no protein in my urine.
That Sunday, I woke up with a severe headache and was vomiting. I was almost 27 weeks pregnant. My doctor prescribed Tylenol 3 and my husband went to the store to fill the prescription. While he was gone, my vision steadily diminished until I could no longer see. Upon my husband's return, I took a Tylenol -- which I promptly threw up. Then I had a seizure. My husband called 911.
I was taken to the hospital, where I had another seizure in the emergency room. I had a c-section and Sophia Talcott Potter came into this world at 4:15pm.
Sophia was 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth. She is currently at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She will be one week old tomorrow.
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...