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I never wrote my birth story on Pregnancy so here goes....

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I never wrote my birth story on Pregnancy so here goes....

A few days shy of 30 weeks I went to the OB for my routine visit. He mentioned to me that that month I had alot of weight gain and I said I know, look at how swollen I am. He didn't seem too concerned (although I was). I also had a little protein in my urine that day, but the nurse told me that bc it wasn't first morning urine, that could be the reason. The doctor told me to keep my feet elevated when I was home, and that should help with the swelling. So I did......
That was Thursday, and on Saturday I rested all day and towards to evening I really started to feel like cr*p. I was in the shower and saw spots and was getting a pretty bad headache. I didn't really think too much of it. I couldn't really sleep that night, just couldn't get comfortable. Sunday morning I woke up with a headache that just wouldn't go away. I was all around the back of my head and it was bad. DH went out to get us some breakfast and when he came back I went into the kitchen to eat. I walked over to the sliding glass door to open the shades and I remember my legs starting to shake uncontrollably. I said DH come over here and look what is happening.....this is the last thing I remember.

I had a seizure and (luckily) DH was there to catch me. He called the ambulance and I was rushed to the hospital. My blood pressure what through the roof. When we arrived at the hospital I was told that I had eclampsia (the next stage after pre-eclampsia which I never had) and that the only way to get my blood pressure down was to deliver the baby.

I was so out of it that day that I don't remember alot of what happened. Just that the dr. was very calm and made it seem like the baby would be fine. Obviously he would have to stay in the hospital, but more than likely he would be just fine.

At 3:16 on 11/18 through emergency c-section I delivered a 2 lb. 13 oz. baby boy. HE was quickly wisked away to the NICU and I didn't see him until the next day. Honestly, I don't even think that it hit DH and I that we had a baby until about 2 days later....we were so pre-occupied with my health and in complete shock about what happened that it hadn't hit us yet.

Needless to say the baby spent 6 weeks in the NICU - it was by far the worst 6 weeks of my life. There were so many emotions and feelings that I went through - I could probably write a book.

However, my story has a happy ending. 3 months later I am sitting here typing my story with my 9 pound baby on my lap. He just started smiling today and when he looks at me and smiles, everything is right in the world. He is a healthy baby and amazes me everyday at how strong he is. I am completely in love with him, and feel that he is my little miracle. I was told by many doctors that we are both lucky to be alive, and that it could have really been a tragic situation.....I look back and cannot imagine how DH dealt with everything that day, and how lucky we are to all be here and healthy.

My birth story is really a lesson to all pregnant women (and to myself) LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.....I knew I wasn't feeling right but never having been pregnant, I didn't really know what I was supposed to feel. Please, please, please, it you feel "off" call the doctor....better to be safe than sorry.

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Message edited 2/20/2008 3:58:46 PM.

Posted 2/20/08 3:55 PM

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Re: I never wrote my birth story on Pregnancy so here goes....

You're little boy is a trooper!!!! So glad he is doing fine! (and you, too!)

Posted 2/20/08 4:04 PM


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Re: I never wrote my birth story on Pregnancy so here goes....

Amazing story....thank you for sharing. Chat Icon

Congratulations on your little STRONG baby boyChat Icon

Posted 2/20/08 4:42 PM

Almost there!

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Re: I never wrote my birth story on Pregnancy so here goes....

Chat Icon I'm glad you both pulled through alright. I can't even imagine how scary that must've been.

Congrats on your baby boy!! Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 2/20/08 6:03 PM

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