I was 26 years old and looking forward to the birth of our first child.

Post On Thursday, March 06, 2003 By Sara

I was 26 years old and looking forward to the birth of our first child.
I was 26 years old and looking forward to the birth of our first child. My symptoms of Preeclampsia start in my second trimester, with swollen ankles. The next time I went to the Doctor my blood pressure was up. It kept rising with each visit. I'd say I was about 32 weeks along when I became more apprehensive about my condition; My ankles and legs were huge and I was having headaches, but the doctor didn't seem too worried. So I just decided I should calm down. I continued to have tons of headachesand the swollen ankles/legs, but my fingers were also swollen now. In about my 35th week I went in for my normal check up and my Blood Pressure was even higher, so my doctor said to come in two days from then. That morning I went in and my Blood Pressure was 150/100, when my normal baseline pressure was 110/75. I complained of blurry vision in one of my eyes also. My Doctor was more concerned at this point and said she was going to send me to the hospital to get my Blood Pressure down. My Blood Pressure did go down very little, but before I could leave they wanted to do a blood test to check to see if my Liver and blood platlets were affected; Which would mean severe Preeclampsia or HELLP Syndrome. Both were off, so I was told that I was going to have the baby that day. I was given Magnesium Sulfate (for Blood Pressure) and petossin (to induce Labor). They also broke my water. I was not dialating fast enough, and the doctors were worried about my condition so they performed a c-section. My beautiful little boy was born at 36 weeks exactly; he was 5 pounds and 15 ounces. My legs and ankles were still very swollen for about 2-3 days afterward. I feel very lucky that things worked out the way they did, I don't think too many people understand the danger that preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome pose to the life of the mother and child, I sure didn't understand how serious it was until afterward. I was very proactive though, and monitored my own Blood Pressure after I started to suspect preeclampsia. I think every woman who is at risk should watch their Blood Pressure very closely and have blood tests periodically to be on the safe side.
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