Pregnancy Complications

Those nine months of a pregnancy can be an exciting time but it can also be nerve-wracking for those dealing with a pregnancy complication. Women can be affected by a variety of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, bleeding during pregnancy, and premature labor. As scary as these issues can be, hearing how other women have contended with and overcome their complications can help ease a woman's fears. So write to us and tell us your encouraging story about your pregnancy complication.


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Why I chose to induce


I found out that I was pregnant at 26 weeks. I had a blood test done to check for possible birth defects because my family is loaded down with medical problems and complications. When my blood work came back, my lil baby girl had a high risk of developing spinal abifita. So I went to the docs. like I was suppose to and they kept a eye on her spine. They finally concluded that the blood work had shown the high possibility but she was developing normally. The then told me that they would keep a close eye on the placenta because it might contain the risk that showed up on the test. Finally, at 39 weeks, I go in for another ultrasound and they tell me that my placenta is tiring out and it could be a life or death situation for my baby girl. That is wen I discussed the different options with my doctor about inducing my labor. We came up with a plan that is both safe and efficient fir me and my daughter. So come June 5, 2012 I will be holding her in my arms instead of my tummy. :)

Amberielle






Princess Laia

When I was 22 years old me and my boyfriend Josh got married. I was in college to become a model and didn't really want kids until much later. When i found out I was pregnant I was thinking of abortion before Josh talked me out of it. When I was in labor with my son, I could've said that I wanted an abortion because I had a difficult pregnancy and then a C section but I'm glad I have my baby Michael today. After we had Michael I quit my modeling career to be a full time mom. My little Michael was the love of my life, so when he was four asking me for a little brother or sister I couldn't say no. We tried with success for another and shortly following another difficult pregnancy I had my little boy Vinny. Michael and Vinny are dream children, just perfect. Josh and I couldn't be happier with our family. For some reason though, I just felt I wanted a little girl. All of my girlfriends had daughters and I so badly wanted one myself. We tried again for a baby. I got pregnant twice, but both times ended in miscarriage. It wasn't until I went to the gynecologist shortly following the second miscarriage that I learned that when I was pregnant with Vinny, one of my ovaries had been severed and i most likely wouldn't be able to get pregnant again. I was heartbroken, but I had my two little boys so I wasnt sad for long. When Michael was 8 and Vinny was 5, I got a small swelling around my ovary and they said it might be a tumor so they wanted me to go to the gynecologist to get it checked out. While at the gynecologist, she gave me the news that I was not only pregnant, but four months along! I was overjoyed but also worried about the baby because I had no prenatals or such. Also, I wasn't experiencing nausea or water retention like in my earlier pregnancies... I wasn't even big yet! But soon after finding out I was pregnant, i got a bump and a lot of happiness from my husband and sons. My pregnancy went smoothly. 3 1/2 months later, I was big and my baby was healthy. I was at my son Michaels baseball game when the lady sitting next to me asked if I was alright. I looked to wear she was pointing and realized my water had broke! I called my husband right away and called my mother to watch the boys. By the time we were driving to the hospital I was having terrible contractions and was bleeding all over. I was so worried because it was over a month early and something felt wrong. Once we got to the hospital they told me to get right into a room. because I was about to deliver. I started to push and the pain was much much worse than even having a C section with the first two boys. Suddenly, the doctor told me to stop pushing, apparently the baby was facing the wrong way and the embelical cord was wrapping around the neck! They told me they had to get me in an immediate C section and might not be able to put me under! I was barely sedated when they cut me open. This is by far the worst pain I have ever felt! I screamed and screamed for what felt like hours but was really only 30 minutes. When they finally told me I was done I passed out. I woke up a day later to my husband crying beside me. I feared the worst, the baby had died. But no, he was crying tears of joy because it had made it through the night. He told me I had a baby girl and she weighed just 4 pounds. She had to be on an oxygen tank because there was fluid in her lungs. I was so worried and sad. 2 days later they sent me home without my baby. She had to be kept because she still was not well. A week passed and we had already received 2 calls saying she might die, but she was a fighter and made it through. We visited her, she was so tiny, and already we fell in love with her. My sons thought she was adorable. My son Vinny had already given her a name, calling her Princess Laia after the Star Wars character. Laia had been in the hospital for 2 weeks when we got the phone call that she was alright and could come home. We were overjoyed. We love our little Laia, yesterday was her 1st birthday. We are so grateful for our miracle.

Allison






A baby was all we wanted and we had it taken away

February the 4th, the day that changed my life forever. I had almost been with my boyfriend for a year and all i wanted was a baby to complete our happiness. I didn't think i could have kids as i had never fallen pregnant in the past. But then i missed my period i was so excited i raced down to the shop to buy pregnancy tests, I thought this day was going to change my life forever. I wanted this so bad and finally it had happened i fell pregnant. I told my boyfriend straight away and had a doctors appoiment afew days later. Everything was going perfect i was taking my pregnancy vitiams, ate all the right foods and even quit smoking! My first ultrasound was great the lady said everything looked normal and the baby was fine. I few days later i keept getting really bad belly aches and i didnt know if it was normal or not so i had a doctors appoiment and they sent me to have a ultrasound. The baby looked fine to me but then she broke the news and said i had bleeding in the sack and there was no heartbeat. I didnt know what to think or feel i was in shock! A healthy 16 year old about to have a miscarriage? She sent me off for blood tests. I had to wait a week to find out if my baby had passed away or not, it was the longest week of my life! I ended up calling the hospital up and explained to them what i had been told, and they told me my baby was fine there was nothing wrong what so ever and theres nothing for me to worry about just my HCG levels werent as high as what they were ment to be so they booked me in for an ultrasound a week later. By the time the week came around i was in hospital having blood taken and my ultrasound, i was sure id see a hearbeat as the lady on the phone said everything was fine, but no my baby was shrinking it had passed away weeks ago and i didnt even know. The man broke the news to me and sent me to the midwifes where they looked at my ultrasounds. The lady sat there and told me my baby was going and to wait two weeks for another ultrasound so i got my hopes up my baby was still alive and kicking. Then after 5 hours of sitting in the hospital the lady came in and said "no sorry i was wrong your babys passed away and your HCG levels have dropped". I hadnt had any miscarriage signs at all i told them that. I still had all my pregnancy signs. My heartbroke knowing that my baby had died and i had a missed miscarriage. Now they are sending me in for a D&C on friday. I just feel so empty now. Its amazing how fast you can have everything you have ever wanted taken away from you. But im not giving up hope. Im still going to try for another baby it just wasnt ment to be this time!

maddy






A Pregnancy Struggle

Hello, I'm Mataya and this is my story.

On May 20th, 2010 I found out I was nine weeks pregnant, and my whole world came crashing down. I am the girl who had dreams in life and wanted to go places in life before I started a family. The doctor told me to take some time and think about what I wanted to do and to think about ALL my opinions before going further with this pregnancy. I told him right there that I am the type of girl who takes responsibility for her actions and I would be going full-term and having a baby in seven months.

I started going to a OBGYN, he listened to her heart rate and felt my belly, to make sure my baby was healthy. I had a really good pregnancy, nothing went wrong, everything was the way it was suppose to be, and I was carrying a healthy baby inside my uterus.

On Thanksgiving 2010, I was at a family member’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, and I needed to pee really badly. I soon found out I lost part of my mucus plug, which is what holds the fluid around the baby to keep it alive and healthy, I lost quite a chunk of it, so I went to the hospital and told them about it. The doctor told me everyone loses pieces of it, and that it was normal. I wasn’t near my due date yet, so I had nothing to worry about.

A few weeks passed and I lost a little more of the plug, and I wasn’t worried because the doctor said it was normal. I lost enough that fluid was leaking by and I was losing the water from around my baby but I never knew that. I did notice more fluid and it was so bad I needed to wear a pad because. By that time I went to the hospital to be checked out again, and I was still sent home because it was normal to have discharge throughout a pregnancy.

In December, I was laying down watching television and I started having really bad abdominal pains. I thought to myself, this is it, the baby is coming. The pains got more intense and they got harder and stronger, I told my mom and she took me to the hospital, I was put on the monitor strip for an hour and they came back and told me it's just Braxton Hicks, which are false contractions and they are normally mistaken for contractions and labor.

Two weeks from January 2nd 2011, I was having contractions again, and I thought they were Braxton Hicks again, but the pain was worse than it had ever been. I couldn't move, I couldn't walk, I didn't leave my couch. We started timing them and they were four minutes apart, so I went to the hospital, they put me on the monitor strip and they told me I was having contractions, so they wanted to do a cervix check. They told me I was at one and a half centimeter, and it is still a little bit before the baby comes, so they told me to go home and take it easy and just wait it out. I had the pains for a good two weeks, I went back to the hospital several times and I just kept hearing the same thing, "Go home and wait, it's not time yet."

On January 1st, 2011, I was not feeling well; it felt like my heart was jumping out of my chest. I wasn't eating, and I was not myself. All I did was lay around and that is normal when you are three days away from having a baby, so I went on with my day and went to bed that night like I normally did thinking when I woke up things would be different and I would feel better. That was not the case.

On January 2nd 2010, I told my mom I was not feeling well, how my heart was jumping out of my chest she said just to sit down and see how things go, my mom ordered me my favorite food, and got my favorite movie and we were going to relax. I couldn't eat or watch a movie; I told mom something was wrong with me. She asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital, after hearing go home and wait I didn’t want to go, she checked my pulse and she said I was going to the hospital. She said if I didn't agree then my step dad to take me. It wasn't until she asked me if the baby was moving that I was concerned and went to the hospital.

By the time we got there we went to the ER, I wanted for the nurse to check me and she checked my heart rate and she looked at me and told me I needed to go to the critical unit and get checked out NOW. I was extremely scared, I got into the room and they told me to take off my shirt and put the hospital gown on, they hooked me up to a heart monitor and they looked pictures of my heart. They said everything looked fine, except for my heart rate which was 186. I was at stroke level, so they told me to breathe and think happy thoughts, but it still wasn't going down. They got me to push like I was having a baby, and that was the WORST thing they could of ever done when I was two days away from my due date. My mom went out and talked to the doctor and they called the OBGYN that was on call, and the OBGYN told me to go up the labor and delivery and he would be there to check me soon.

I walked in and they knew who I was after being there almost every day for two weeks. They put me on the strip and they came back in. The baby’s heart rate was 192, which is not normal for a baby who is due to be born in a few days. She was not moving, so they got me to move on my side and there was still no change, so they told me I had to stay overnight, and that hey were going to put me on a IV drip to try and get the baby’s heart rate down.

The drip did not work and there was no change. By then, the OBGYN was there and so was my baby’s dad. My mom told the doctor the baby was ready to come. He told her he needed to do an ultrasound, so he started to do the ultrasound and he said, “OH NO.” He said she had no fluid and she is in a lot of stress, we need to do a C-section because she is coming tonight.

It felt like one big nightmare. I walked out with the doctor to the front desk. He said he’d be back in 20 minutes to get me. I went to pee and I wasn't even done peeing and the doctor knocked on the door and told me to drink this stuff. Then I was off to the OR. I was freaking out, the doctor said I was critical and I needed to go have this baby now. I got to the OR the doctor helped me up on the table and I had a mask placed on my face, he told me to take a deep breath and say night, so I did.

I woke up two hours later to hearing I had a baby girl. I was told that once I woke up I could meet my little girl. I was slowly waking up and I said I was ready to go see my daughter, so they rolled me down to the nursery where she and my family were. They placed her in my arms and she was hooked up to heart monitors and oxygen monitors, they told me we were both lucky to be alive. She was healthy; she just needed to be monitored.

I didn’t get to see her very long before I was taken to my room and got ready for bed, as it was nearly one in the morning. I couldn't sleep; I just wanted to see my daughter. She was hooked up to heart and oxygen monitors for the first 12 hours of her life.
Serenity Leeann Kennedy was born January 2nd, 2011 and she weighed 7 Pounds 14 Ounces.
Serenity is now almost seven months old and she is a happy healthy baby and you would never know she had a problem being born!

You have to consider the consequences of having sex at a young age, because not everyone’s pregnancy goes smoothly. You never know what to expect because all pregnancies are different. I was lucky, but not all teens who get pregnant are lucky as me and my baby.

Mataya






Cholestasis Of Pregnancy

Hi my name is Callie and when i was just 18yrs old i fell pregnant with my first child. This was a very hard time for me as my mother had just 4 weeks earlier moved back to New Zealand after living in Australia for 20years. Being so young i was very unsure what to expect in the way of complications and risks during a pregnancy.
My pregnancy was going well until about 33weeks i notices some little things on my body that looked like little blisters inbetween my toes and fingers and all up my legs. I knew this was not normal so i had a friend of mine come with me to the doctor. The doctor looked at it and thought it could be a range of different things like scabies, chicken pox he was unsure and sent me to the hospital.
All the hospital could do was just have me visit more regularly and keep an eye on it. Blood tests were taken and and they had no idea what it was. I had to finish up at work at 34 weeks as the doctors thought that it could have come from my work place as i worked with children.
At 35 weeks i was so uncomfortable as it had all started to join together and started turning dark purple and at this time it had travelled all over my body. I had this rash on my feet, inbetween my toes, up my legs, on my thighs, all over my big belly, on my hands and up my arms. It felt as bad as it looked! The only places i did not get the rash was on my face, under my arm pits and on my back. The photos that i look at now are horrible.
From 35 weeks onwards i spent many days and nights at the hospital. They tried lots of things to make me comfortable but none of it worked. I had so many different creams to put on and my clothes stuck to the creams, it was so bad. They gave my burn victim type bandages and i had to put hem all over my body to stop me from itching myself as it looked horrific. I had blood tests every week and had my GP visits aswell and had still not heard anything. I was in tears every night and would just go up to the hospital to get them to stop it but they couldn't as they didn't know what it was.
I had my sister come to the hospital with me for one of my check ups and we ended up there all day as they sent me for a biopsy on my stomach (and my belly was huge at this time). This was so horrible and i hope no one else has to do that. The results cam back that i has PUPP, never heard of it and they didn't seem to know too much about it.
When i went for my 38week check up at the hospital they did everything and sent me for another blood test. i went home and didn't hear from them. i went back to the hospital for my 39week check up and when i got in to see the doctor she opened my chart and i could see the look on her face had changed and did not look very good at all. She looked at me and said has anyone called you from the hospital and i said No. The doctor looked at me and said "You have cholestasis and we need to get this baby out asap". I was so furious that i had not been contacted by the hospital and informed about this as they would have known this for a week, since my 38week blood test.
And you know no one ever really explained to me what it was or anything, just that it was dangerous for the baby to stay in there for any longer.
I was induced 2 days later and gave birth to a very healthy baby boy he was 9Ib 4oz. He was huge and very healthy, I was very lucky!
I still to this day havn't know much abot it and have since then had a baby girl but did not get it in that pregnancy but did think it was starting towards the end as i was starting to get a small rash on my belly but nothing like what i did in my first pregnancy.
I have just recently been looking as it as i have had bad pains in my stomach since my son was born 6 years ago but on one has been able to tell me what it is until i went to the hospital last week and they believe i have acute cholecystities and when he said it has to do with the bile in my body i just thought your kidding me! I asked him could that have anything to do with me having cholestasis when i was pregnant with my son and he looked at me and said "Yes, that is probably what started it".
So thats my story and if you think you have this make sure you keep getting it checked as it can be dangerous as i have pretty much just found out by reading up on it all now.

Thanks, Callie.

Callie







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