I was 33 and a half weeks pregnant with our first baby. I had an
I was 33 and a half weeks pregnant with our first baby. I had an enjoyable evening with my husband and friends the night before and felt fine. At dinner I felt my baby boy give a very distinct kick, little did I know that was a good-bye kick. I went to all my prenatal visits, I did everything I was supposed to do. A week earlier I had gone to the doctor and my blood pressure was my usual 110/70. That night I couldn't sleep, I had a pounding headache. I took some Tylenol with codeine prescribed by my doctor, but it didn't even take the edge off.
The next morning at around 7 am I called my doctor. She told me to go to the hospital to check my blood pressure and if it was fine, she'd prescribe me something stronger. So my husband and I got dressed and went to the hospital. We didn't even have a bag packed, it was way too early, we thought. When we got to the hospital, first thing they did was check the baby's heartbeat. After two nurses couldn't find it, they ordered an ultrasound for me. I didn't know anything was wrong, I didn't want to believe it, all I had was a headache. After the nurse completed the ultrasound, I asked what the verdict was (I couldn't see the monitor). She didn't look at me, but looked at the nurse and asked the nurse if she should wait for the doctor. A minute later the doctor came in and told me that my baby had died. I couldn't believe it, just 12 hours earlier the baby was alive and kicking. How could my baby have died?
They never did check my blood pressure that morning, the hospital let me go home to pack a bag, regroup and then come back that afternoon to be induced. When I returned my blood pressure was at 187/136. I noticed the doctor and nurses starting to hussle around, but I still didn't know what was wrong. Why was high blood pressure so bad? How could that have affected my baby? That night I delivered my baby boy (we named him Brian). They found that my placenta contained lots of blood clots and had completely abrupted from my uterine wall. But I didn't ever feel any abdominal pain from the abruption. Besides the headaches and high blood pressure, I didn't have any other symptoms. During labor my face started swelling a lot, but by then it was already too late.
Weeks after the delivery I wanted more answers. So I searched on the web for preeclampsia and found your site. Finally, some direct answers on what had happened to me and my baby. Thank you!
I still have more questions. How does preeclampsia affect me 4 weeks after the birth. What is the risk for my next pregnancy. Will this happen again?
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 ...