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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Shocked...


I can hardly believe our dumb luck! As I had previously posted, my husband and I were waiting for my period this month to have the necessary testing done that may help my specialists determine if scarring on my uterus was preventing me from carrying my pregnancies beyond my first trimester.

Well, I had taken two pregnancy tests...one prior to my period being late and one on the day I should have started. Both negative, disappointed but ready to steer our course for the next phase of our journey to have a child of our own.

A week has past and no period...anxious and annoyed I figured my body was reverting to my irregular cycles again. My husband insisted I take another pregnancy test and maybe after it is negative we give my specialists a call.

To our shock and amazement it was POSITIVE!!! I can not describe the myriad of emotions I am feeling at this moment. We are, of course, hopeful and excited but also waiting to celebrate until I reach my second trimester in September.

We have traveled this road all too often, only to be disappointed and grief stricken. We did it this month the ole' fashion way...without the use of hormones! Not to mention my EDD is my husband's B-day. I hope this all means very good things will come for us. Please keep us in your hearts and minds as we painstakingly wait out these very important next few weeks.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement as always. Good luck to all of you that are waiting it out with me...I continue to say a prayer daily for all of you.


Karen






Undetected Pregnancy

My name is Eula I am 31 years old, and from the very first day that I have suspected that I was pregnant to no avail doctor visit after visit it was confirmed that I am not pregnant. I have taken numerous pregnancy tests and an ultrasound because I just knew I was pregnant. I have one child so I know what pregnancy feels like.

I do not understand what is going on maybe this is a miracle waiting to happen because I still feel the same way but people think that something is wrong with me. I feel so alone and so scared because I don't want to go into labor and never have had any prenatal care; it's considered child neglect. But what can I do when a doctor cannot detect if you are pregnant or not?

In the meantime people keep asking me, “are you pregnant?” Sometimes I say yes and sometimes I say no because other than the kicks that I feel no one will really know until I give birth.

Eula Veasy






My blessed angel

I hope my story serves as an inspiration to someone out there. In July 2006, I found out I was pregnant for the fourth time. I have had two m/c's and one beautiful son. I was 32 and didn't have a second thought about taking my AFP.

About one week later, I received a call from my doctor's office informing me I had a +down syndrome test. I was assured not to worry because my chances were 1 in 750 or something along those lines. My husband and I kept a + attitude. Although, deep down inside I knew what was going to come. I was then sent for a 4d u/s and that doctor suggested an amnio due to my baby having ventricular megally.

My husband wanted to do it just to be 100% sure. The doc even asked for us to do a fish test, which returns the results in 48 hours. My husband and I agreed. The results came back + for trisomy 21. Later, I realized the doc wanted to give me time to abort if the test came back. Devastation and fear swept through most of our family so much that even devout Christians brought up the "A”: word. My husband fell apart. There was fear, anger, resentment, silence and nearly divorce in our home. My in-laws were very supportive. Until then, we only had a civil relationship. I prayed and cried and cried and prayed. I almost wanted to believe that my test was a false + because someone always has a story about it.

I had 5 more months to prepare for my d/s baby... but I didn't. I only prepared for my baby to be born! His day came and I was in tears. Hospital staff thought I was crying out of sadness yet, I cried out of bliss. I loved my baby! Everything was perfect, and then he went to the nicu due to his undetected heart condition. That's when I fell apart. I prayed and cried a lot again. God answered my prayers, he didn't and won't need surgery.

These days, my munchkin is well. He has some intestine issues we’re working through and are praying for the best.

I feel special to have a baby with ds. It's like being apart of a special community. Everyone knows each other... A second family!

With all the pressure to abort your "defected fetus", stop and think about it... You are carrying a special angel from God!

christina






Missing our Baby Angel

This is the story of my second pregnancy. We are having one 4-year-old son. We planned for our second baby, which was due to born on 3rd of August 2007. I was under regular checkup with my Dr. and everything was normal till 28th week.

During checkup at the 30th week my blood pressure was slightly on the higher side; that is 160/120. This was the first sign of increased BP during the pregnancy. Also sugar was recorded on higher side. I don’t have any history of BP & Sugar problem and there was absolutely no problem detected during my first pregnancy in this regard.

Dr. advised me to change diet accordingly to minimize problem of high BP & sugar. Regular preventive medicines were also advised. My next checkup was scheduled after 2 weeks by the Dr. On second day of my visit to the Dr. I had a severe headache and it was very unbearable. Immediately I was rushed to the hospital for checkup and treatment. Now the real problem started, the BP got increased to the range of 200/140 by this time.

The first objective for the Dr. was to control the BP & they started treatment immediately. I was given injections of sleep & medicines for BP control were given on regular intervals. After 2 days the BP was decreased but not to the normal level. It was now 140 – 100. Now the real problems were started to my baby. I felt that the movements of the baby were not as usual & almost absent.

The Doctors now feared that this was the case of TOXEMIA. Now time was running out & Doctors feared that the convulsions to my body parts are possible due to this. A Doppler test was carried out & the report clearly indicated that the baby is in danger, as no proper blood & oxygen supply was present in Brain of the baby. Doctors advised for planned C-section, as the time was running out. The baby position was also horizontal (Breech). The baby was delivered.

The first symptoms were quite good. The baby (it was a boy) cried nicely & also the weight was more than 1.6 kg with good growth. The baby was immediately rushed to childcare hospital for newborn babies & was kept under observation. The baby was on ventilator. The heart was beating & responding nicely but the real problem was with the brain nerves. As the brain was damaged, no significant improvement was noticed in next 6 hours. Finally the baby survived for 14 hours only & died due to the damage caused to brain on account of High Blood Pressure. This is the toughest time of life to loose our baby after having him with me for more than seven months.

He was too beautiful and fair, just like an Angel. It is very difficult to live without him. My little boy KIM is asking me about the baby, & he is also very nervous after knowing the fact. But we told him that he could get another Angel next year. My husband is very supportive & is very optimistic. Only because of him & my son I am trying to overcome this tragedy. This was a typical case of toxemia in which my BP got shoot up suddenly & after delivery it was almost normal.

I was discharged from the hospital in 4 days after delivery. It was very hard to digest the fact that we have lost the baby of such sudden development of Toxemia and the cause of this is not known. Doctors said that this is a particular disorder that can be developed at any time during the pregnancy, but very rarely. They advised to get fit in next 6 months so that I can plan my next baby, which will be a planned C Section!!!

But I just don’t know how to spend these days till 6 months. I want another baby like anything. I hope this will not happen to any one else.


manc






BLESSED

My husband and I had been married for almost two years, and had decided to go off the pill. It took me four months to conceive. Before I found out that I was pregnant, I had been in a huge car accident, hitting a concrete barrier and flipping my SUV about five times across a highway. Amazingly, I survived with minor bumps and scratches. But as I lay in the ER, I mumbled to the doctors that I COULD be pregnant, so they performed a blood test.

It was negative, but I remember thinking that it was probably too early to tell since I was VERY aware of my cycle and dates. Anyway, I had a slew of medical tests such as MRI's, CAT tests and X-Rays, etc. Then I was on very strong painkillers. About 5 days after the accident, I missed my period. I took a home test, and sure enough it was positive! I quit the painkillers cold turkey but spent months worrying about the health of my baby because of them and all the other medical procedures that I had been through. But Samuel came out perfect and wonderful at almost nine pounds. God truly had His hand on both of us during that accident, although only He knew about Samuel at the time! I am very blessed.

Shawna







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