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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Dealing with Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy


It Sucks! I try my BEST to eat healthy and do the small portions like I'm told to do. And stick to less sugar/almost none. I have cut out A LOT of sugar. I never used to drink diet drinks or unsweetened tea, which is all I drink now, of course the milk and water...
But I have such a hard time trying to eat what I'm supposed to, though for the most part I do. I make myself. Especially in the mornings, (this is the hardest to keep my sugar down).

I have to make myself eat low-carb stuff. Every now and then I'll slip and eat a biscuit and it runs my sugar to at least 170's range. Then I feel so bad. I just pray to God that I have a healthy baby that isn't overweight. My first was 6lbs 3oz. I was on the verge of having g/d with her but just made it without getting it. I am currently 29 wks and have been dealing with this from 3 months pregnant. I will be soooo glad when this is over.

I started walking every other day for the first few months, now I hardly walk, I haven't had the time recently. I have kept my weight gain down, and I lost 8lbs in the beginning and have just now gained the 8lbs back. Gradually that is. I just wanted to get that out.
Thanks for reading.




Sherry






We do not want to see another victim like my wife.

There was a crime committed against my wife and I need full investigation. But I do not where to go and how to start. My wife lost both kidneys after her second childbirth.

She was very healthy woman but the last 2 weeks of her pregnancy she started swelling and suddenly gained weight. She had worsening elevation of blood pressure 192/117, headache and blurring of vision so I rushed her to a hospital in Colorado. There they called her OB/GYN doctor, who told her that her doctor would see her at the clinic after 2 days and discharge her.

She went to the clinic and told the doctor that she gained 7 pounds and that she was suffering from blurry vision, headache and feeling sleepy all time. We have videotape of her that date showing her swelling but the doctor insisted to do the delivery 5 days later. I do not know why.

On February 14 2003 she went to the hospital and there, right after the delivery, she suffered heavy bleeding, vomiting, and horrible abdominal pain. Can you imagine being in this condition for a full 8 hours? She was screaming and the resident doctor thought it was normal after delivery, but by the morning, because of the delayed decision for treatment, her kidney failed.

She was at the ICU for 24 days laying in the hospital bed with all these tubes and machines connected to her. She was unable to see or hold her daughter like any other mom and her dream was shuttered. She will be disabled for the rest of her life.

We hired a lawyer that said he is a doctor and did work there and he told us that we have a great case. Every few weeks he says that he is building strong case... Guess what? A few weeks before the statue of limitation ends he said, “I’m sorry I can not take this case.”

Now my wife is disabled the rest of her life on dialysis 3 times a week, her kids now help her instead of her helping them, medical bills and house went foreclosed because I lost my job due this circumstance.

We do not know how the system works. That is why they took advantage of us.

We do not want to see another victim like my wife.


Dean






My baby survived cervical surgery

I have been dealing with HPV caused cervical displasia since my first child’s conception back in 2004. It has been a long battle and still isn't over. Let me start at the beginning.

I first got pregnant in February 2004 and my first pap revealed my cells to be abnormal. We had to wait until the baby was born to find out how bad it was. Well, my baby girl was born in November and at my 6 weeks check up my pap revealed that I had mild displasia on my cervix. I then sought out treatment for it. I ended up having 2 colpo's and 1 cryo and 2 leeps. The reason I had to have 2 leeps was because it turned into severe displasia a little over a year later. My last leep was on April 7, 2006. Guess what? I was 2 1/2 months pregnant in May 2006. How could this have happened? How could this baby have survived the surgery? I have no answers to these questions but I do KNOW that I am pregnant and having another GIRL!

It's the end of Nov. and I am due early December. This child is a blessing to me and my family. However I still need prayer so that maybe after she is born I will not have to have more surgery or even worse, a hysterectomy. I am only 23.


Nicole






cervix problems

I AM IN MY 16TH WEEK AND THIS IS MY 2ND TRY. I AM 41 AND I HAVE A SHORT CERVIX, I HAVE BEEN PUT ON BED REST UNTIL THEY MEASURE MY CERVICAL LENGTH. I MAY HAVE TO HAVE A CERCLAGE. ANYONE HAVE LUCK WITH ONE AND GET THROUGH IT AND GIVE BIRTH?

HELP REALLY WANT TO KNOW ONLY SUCCESSFUL STORIES, BECAUSE I CAN RELATE TO THE LOSSES AS I HAVE GONE THROUGH IT.


THANKS ALL

julie






managing gestational diabetes--what worked for me

My doctor diagnosed me with gestational diabetes at 7 weeks. Actually, I may have had diabetes before I got pregnant since it runs in my family--I just have to wait to be tested after I have the baby. It was really scary at first--I had never been on any kind of diet before and wasn't sure I'd be able to follow one. My ob sent me to a nutritionist who went over the diet with me and I realized it was mostly about portion control. I did ok for awhile--my sugars were low and I actually felt like I was eating more than before since I had to eat every couple of hours. I do not take insulin, but I do take medication that helps lower my blood sugar. If I didn't eat regularly, my sugar would drop and I would become hypoglycemic. Then at 14 weeks, I went to the hospital with cramping and bleeding. I was on 2 weeks of bedrest until my doctor found out I had placenta previa. He told me I basically had to be a couch potato until either the baby was born or the condition corrected itself. So since I wasn't allowed to exercise--in fact, I really wasn't supposed to be physically active much at all--my blood sugar became much more difficult to control. Things I ate before, such as fresh fruit, with no problems now sent my sugar through the roof. Pretty much anything I ate for breakfast made my sugar run pretty high--in the 175-200 range. My doctor kept saying he might have to put me on insulin, and I did not want that. He gave me one more thing to try. He wanted me to put myself on a schedule--getting up at the same time everyday and eating my meals at approximately the same time each day. He also told me to take my medication 20 minutes before breakfast each day. I didn't understand why this was important, I'm not really a morning person and some days I liked to sleep until noon. But I tried it--and it worked. Managing my diabetes is so easy now--since I've been on this schedule, I've noticed there are certain times of the day when my sugars tend to run high and when they're low. I know that my sugar is usually high in the morning, so I stick to high protein breakfasts and I don't have any fruit or milk before noon. In the early afternoon, my sugar is pretty low--I've found that I can eat almost anything I want at lunch time as long as I control the portion size and it won't affect my sugar that much. At dinner I have to be careful--I can have some carbs, and drink some milk, but I have to watch the portions very carefully. And now that my doctor has finally allowed me to resume some physical activity, it's getting even easier. Everything has been going really well--my baby is right on track as far as growth is concerned, which is good because I hear these horror stories about women with gestational diabetes having huge babies. At my last ultrasound, everything looked really well--no sign of birth defects. I am proud that I have been able to do this--giving my baby the best start in this world is what is most important to me. It hasn't been easy--but it's worth it.

Liz

Liz







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