Trust Your Gut

Post On Thursday, November 21, 2019 By Brandi Brown-Doner

Trust Your Gut

For over half of my pregnancy I experienced symptoms of preeclampsia.

My blood pressure runs around 100/60 but throughout my pregnancy was running 120-130/70-80.

I was extremely swollen, very sick, spotty vision, and high weight gain between apts. I spoke with my OB office several times and was told not to worry.

They finally tested me and my protein level was high but they said every other level was in “normal range” and when they further tested the protein in my urine the dr said it was okay.

I found out after my delivery from my primary medical doctor that some of my levels were actually on the higher end of that “normal range”.

At 38 weeks and 4 days I suddenly was hit with the worst headache I’d ever experienced and started vomiting.

I called my husband to come home, he called the on call OB who advised us to go to the ER. My blood pressure was in the 150’s/80’s when we arrived. I was sent to labor and delivery where they induced me and started meds to lower my blood pressure.

From this point on I have no memory. My husband informed me that I went full eclamptic and had 2 seizures.

A code was called during the 2nd.

I was taken in for an emergency c-section to deliver our very healthy baby boy, and then I was brought to ICU. I spent 2 days in ICU working to get my blood pressure down (it was 196/107 after delivery) before being able to go to L&D where I spent another 2 days before being discharged.

I met our son 3 hours after they delivered him and have no memory of his birth.

As hard as that is, I am so thankful that he and I am healthy and doing well now.

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