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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Scared & Worried


I had taken the AFP test to determine any birth defects. My husband & I were ecstatic because this is our first baby. I took the test when I was about 16 weeks. I was scared to find out the results so kept myself busy. To my surprise, I get a phone call at work a week later from my doctor's office telling me to call back. I called back immediately and waited to be connected to my doctor's office. The nurse had told me I had tested positive for the possibility of Down syndrome, 1/95 chance. I was so sad when I hung up the phone.

The nurse gave me a phone # to see a periontologist for further testing. I scheduled my appt to be seen immediately. When I got to the office, I had a counselor talk to me first, went over some family history and what I could expect. When I saw the doctor, he did an ultrasound & I lay there as they took all the pictures of my baby's organs & limbs. I was so happy, I even found out the sex of my baby that day. The baby looked fine.

I decided to have the amnio done the same day I wanted to make sure. I'm lucky because I hardly experienced the cramping they say I would have after the amnio. Right now I'm waiting for my results & am very anxious to know. I am keeping my faith & staying positive. Please pray for me.



CD






Pregnant Again

I have had 3 healthy pregnancies, which resulted in 3 beautiful boys 9,7 and 5. Last November 2006 I found out I was pregnant again but a week later I started bleeding, I was sent for a scan to be told that I had had a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks. I was booked in to have a d & c; I ended up with an infection and was very ill.

I have just found out that I am 5 weeks pregnant again. And even though I have had 3 perfect pregnancies before my miscarriage I am really worried that it’s going to happen again, paranoid every time I go to the toilet.


lyndsey






Having Faith

In March of 2006 I had a miscarriage at 18 weeks of pregnancy. Well, what actually happened I went in for an ultrasound and my baby had no heartbeat the doctors induced labor later that same day. Two weeks prior I had received a phone call from my doctor saying my blood work (ATP) shows that there was a high risk for Downs Syndrome in the baby. But before any further testing was done I lost the baby. Then in December of that same year I had another miscarriage this time at 8 weeks, my doctor just gave me statistics and that was the end of that (and me seeing that doctor).

Currently, I am 15 weeks pregnant and again I am faced with another blood test results showing high risk for Downs Syndrome but this time other screening has been done a NT screening which shows no sign of Downs Syndrome and in about 3 weeks I will have another level 2 ultrasound to check the baby's limb measurements and for any other defect. Has anyone gone through all this and had a healthy baby? I am holding on to my faith that everything will turn out fine.


Annie






Low Progesterone

I have low progesterone and I just wanted to read some stories about women who have had experienced the same thing and what their outcome was.
I am 8 weeks and have been taking progesterone injections for about two weeks now.

marta






My Last Son: Wasn't Sure He Would Make it...

I was 6 months when I knew things just were not going right. I could not keep things down, not your normal morning sickness. I would eat and drink and a second later it was up again.

My husband called my doctor and wanted me at the hospital… that’s when the terror began. I was there for a week and they did not know what to do. I was lonely my husband was at home with our other two… one was having his first b-day with out me and Christmas, New Year’s too, without their mommy.

I went in pre-term labor at 28 weeks they stopped it, but the doctor came to my room and said he was sending me to another hospital because he didn’t know what to do anymore. I got to the other hospital and I couldn’t understand anything that was going on.

I spend 3 weeks there, until I got to go home… I had to go back to the hospital on my birthday, to have a tpn put in my chest. I spend 2 weeks in the hospital. When I went home and had a home nurse the rest of the time, they warned me, he might only be 3 or 4 pounds and would have problems.

I was scared he would not make it. I lost 30 pounds during my pregnancy and I am not a big woman to begin with. When he was born he weighed 9 pounds and 16 ounces. No one could believe it.

He is now 3 years old now.


Tracy







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