3 time survivor
Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by Nicole
My name is Nicole.Â I am 34 years old and have 3 children.Â I am a 3 time survivor of preeclampsia.Â My first pregnancy was going smooth until my 28th week.Â It all started going downhill when I had a severe headache for a couple of days.Â When I called my doctor, they said to immediately go to the E.R.Â When I arrived my blood pressure was 180/130.Â Within the hour, I was helicoptered to a different hospital and my son was delivered with in 12 hours by emergency c-section.Â They were not sure if I was going to make it, but luckily I did.Â Unfortunately because of the prematurity, he did have brain damage.Â We lost him when he was 2 years old to a virus.
My second pregnancy started with a new doctor.Â She was determined to see if we could find the root cause of the preeclampsia.Â She was very sympathic with my situation.Â I was considered high-risk.Â I had to undergo the 24 hour protein tests, and genetic blood work.Â Everything came back fine.Â Until I was at 32 weeks.Â Here we go again.Â The blood pressure spiked.Â She admitted me to the hospital where I stayed until after I had my daughter.Â I was able to hold her in, until I was 34 weeks.Â That was an accomplishment!Â She is now 4 years old and doing great.Â After I had her, my doctor and I decided it would be best to get sterilized because my body does not handle pregnancy very well.
Well here comes baby number 3.Â Yes, I had my tubes tied 4 years ago, because of my bad history with being pregnant.Â I found out in May that I was pregnant.Â At first we thought it was a tubal.Â Sure enough I was actually pregnant again.Â So the cycle started all over.Â I had the 24 hour tests, constantly checking blood pressure and so on.Â We thought I would be able to go longer, but did not.Â At 31 weeks I was admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure.Â I had my second daughter at 33 weeks.Â It took my body a little longer to re-coop after it.Â She is 5 months old and doing good.Â
The doctors can not figure out why I get the disease so severely with each pregnancy.Â But we do know with every pregnancy it is the same severity, it does not lessen.Â This is very scary.Â I am glad that I have survived that I can share my story and help others.
Posted On Friday, April 29, 2011 by Jeanette
I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and hellp syndrome when I was 24 weeks pregnant. My baby boy was still born on March 3rd. I am terrified at the idea of becoming sick again but there's nothing more that I want than a baby. I only pray to God that he grants us the blessing of becoming parents some day. Thank you for sharing your story with me.
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