Missed symptoms lead to eclampsia seizure
Posted On Monday, December 09, 2013 by Andrea
When you find out you are pregnant one of your first thoughts is of in 9 months time, walking out of the hospital with your little baby and taking them home. Not for a second do you imagine leaving the hospital without them and coming back to an empty house, while your little baby stays there in an intensive care unit.
Apart from slight morning sickness in the early stages my pregnancy had been perfect. My 21 week scan showed a healthy baby boy and we were thrilled.
All that changed on 28th August 2013 when I reached 27 weeks. I was at work when I discovered I was bleeding. I was taken to hospital in an ambulance absolutely petrified. Once in the hospital, the monitors showed baby was fine. I was admitted for 2 nights for further monitoring; a scan whilst I was there showed baby's growth was on the lower side of normal. I was sent home.
Exactly 2 weeks later from the first bleed I bled again. This time it was different it was worse. The blood soaked through my clothes I was taken by ambulance to hospital again. As the midwives undressed me I could feel the blood trickling all the way down to my toes. I was so frightened I was sure I had lost my baby this time. Heart monitors showed he was fine, I was readmitted to hospital. This time I stayed for 5 nights. I had one night at home and in the morning I was bleeding again; I had a growth scan booked at the hospital that day.
The scan showed that the baby was distressed and his growth and oxygen flow was extremely restricted. My placenta was not working, we were told he may have to be delivered that day as the bleeds were also distressing him. After a second opinion it was decided that I would be admitted back to the maternity ward permanently until baby was delivered.
I didn't see him for the first 48 hours of his life. After 4 days I was able to hold him for the first time. Against all the odds Dylan needed no assistance with breathing and all tests carried out on him came back fine. He gained weight quickly and was taking to my breast milk. He spent 5 weeks in the NICU and came home once he weighed 4 lb. He now weighs 7lb 8oz and is our miracle baby.
We have since found out that protein found in my urine was ignored in the week leading up to my seizure. Although I did not have the main symptom of high blood pressure I urge ladies to look out for any other symptoms and seek help immediately if you are worried.
Posted On Monday, December 23, 2013 by warren
What a thing to go through , me and my wife to be went through this unfortunately we never got to take our son home,Please take your time to read http://www.preeclampsia.org/component/blog/comments?pid=2297
Posted On Monday, December 30, 2013 by Andrea
Thank you for sharing your story, it is an upsetting read I am extremely sorry for your loss. I didn't mention it but i also had the set milestones I was trying to reach and I had the steroid injections our symptoms were very similar. I feel so lucky that we have our little boy and I wish you the best for the future. Pre eclampsia is such a deadly illness but doesn't seem to be acknowledged much in the UK. Hopefully our stories can help change this.
31 years ago
Posted On Friday, February 07, 2014 by Brandy
I am so sorry to hear of all these heart breaking stories. Still, after 31 years ago for me. I was hoping the medical community had moved further forward. I happened upon this site because of reading that having had preeclyampsia, I was at risk for high blood pressure years later. I had this disorder, was hospitalized with very high blood pressure, had steroids, etc. as many ladies have posted. We were fortunate, our daughter survived, delivered at 31 weeks in 1983. My heart goes out to all of you. I had a second pregnancy in 1987, a completely normal pregnancy, a son.
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