The Nightmare and Blessing before Christmas

Post On Thursday, November 17, 2016 By Ashley

The Nightmare and Blessing before Christmas

My husband and I conceived very quickly on April 1 2015. We were only trying for two months and then we were pregnant. My pregnancy was going great. As a first time mom I was pleased with how things were going. I was working, taking a prenatal swim class, finishing grad school and feeling pretty wonderful minus some lower back pain.At about 32 weeks, while my husband was away for work, I noticed that when I went to lay down at about 5:30p.m. I didn't feel the baby's usual movements. I was worried, I texted my husband, and he told me not to mess around. So I called my doctor, went into L&D with my mother in law by my side and that is when things got tricky.They noticed I had high BP so they took blood and I did a 24 hour urine. Each time I went back to MFM something was off- they noticed the baby was small, then they noticed my amniotic fluid was lower... I started going twice a week to MFM in between I had regular appointments. Next thing I know I have a high risk doctor telling me, " To throw my due date out the window. As soon as one number is off we will induce you. I don't want you to be surprised. This baby will be lucky to make it to its due date." Finally I got put on bed rest, at this point I was glad because I was starting to feel really gross. One week later my amniotic fluid was below 5 and my urine came back 800+ so they called it and we started the induction process later that day. My son was born two days later. I progressed quickly- going from barely dialted to fully dialated in about an hour and a half. I made quite the scene as I screamed for my epidural. After a few pushes he was born. I was immediately put on magnesium, which I later found out makes you feel like you are completely wasted (so awful). I was monitored closely and my son had to be brought to the NICU for breathing problems. At this point on paper he had just made it to 37 weeks, but I know my due date was off by at least one week, so I know for sure he was only 36 weeks, possibly 35 weeks and 6 days. He spent 15 days in the NICU and then we brought him home. Life after the NICU was not easy on us. The first 6 months of his life were very hard. He had reflux, mild LM diagnosis, a hernia repair, and he also had to see a heart doctor for a bicuspid valve that is on his father's side of the family. He is now 11 months old and soon to be 1 on 12/2/16. His health is the best it has ever been and he has outgrown most of his medical problems. We are still healing from this experience as it was very traumatic. I feel so glad to have found this site and I have been researching as much as I can about Preclampsia. Maybe this is all a part of the healing process, but also because we do want more children and we want to make sure we know as much as possible before we move forward with a second pregnancy. I do plan on meeting with a high risk doctor and I am very nervous about getting pregnant because of my complications in my first pregnancy. Right now I am working on losing weight, eating right, and checking my own BP to make sure my body can handle a second pregnancy. And of course, researching for success stories like a crazy mom would!

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