It Can Happen Twice

Post On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Taylor Logan

It Can Happen Twice

I was a 19 when I had my first child (2016) and I had perfect blood pressure the entire time through my pregnancy with my son. The day I was sent home from the hospital my blood pressure sky rocketed and I had tightening in my chest, to where I couldn't breath so my husband took me to the ER. My blood pressure as high as 170/120 and although I didn't know what was normal, I knew something was wrong.

After having to be readmitted to the hospital for three days being hooked up to a magnesium drip I was sent home with no blood pressure medicine so my blood pressure spiked again, leaving me no choice but to go back to the ER.

Going back to the ER that second time my husband, who I had never seen cry, began to cry because he was scared of the thought of losing me and we both felt that the nightmare of postpartum preeclampsia was never going to end. Thankfully though, they did give me blood pressure medicine that night which I had to be on for two months before my blood pressure finally settle down where I didn’t have to be on it anymore.

Going through it the first time was hard enough. I ended up having it a second time, even though my OB/GYN and the specialist I was seeing both told me that I’m not gonna get it again or that it was very low possibility that I would have preeclampsia of any kind again.

My second time was even worse when after my daughter was born (2018) (I was 21yrs old) I had postpartum preeclampsia again. It felt almost like déjà vu having to come back the night I was sent home from the hospital. And although I had already been through postpartum preeclampsia once and had experience being hooked up to a magnesium drip, it wasn’t any easier the second time.

Logan3Before being readmitted just sitting in the ER with my husband I was crying and shaking uncontrollably and couldn't stop the thought of being away from my baby again and having to be hooked up to magnesium is like being hit by a car twice, it’s so miserable.

But I am so incredibly thankful for the support system that I had with my family and my husband by my side. I just want women to know that it can happen twice, and for me I know that it will happen every time I give birth and so the next time, if I decide to have another child, I will make sure right after delivery that I am put on blood pressure medicine. 

Here is video I made about my story-

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Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Jennifer

Thank you for sharing your story. Postpartum is so REAL!

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