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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Hi There,

I started spotting yesterday (10/06) and this morning I had some brownish discharge. It is not continuous, almost like hours apart. I
went to the doctor's this morning, and he performed a vaginal ultrasound. We could see the sac, and doctor says that it looks okay, but the discharge is a concern. He took blood tests and we now await the results. I am trying to stay positive, but my mind keeps saying, "get ready for the big bang!"

Please pray for us. I pen off with tears.

Tazz Omar

Sharp stabbing pains when I sneeze or cough

Hi there,

I am 4 weeks pregnant and successful after first IVF.........I seem to experience some stabbing pains sometimes on my left side of abdomen and sometimes right.

If I get to a crouched position then I am luck not have any pains.

I am worried that it might be ectopic pregnancy, and I have done some reading and some say that it is ligaments are expanding, I have not had any spotting, I see my doc in 1.5 weeks time, but am concerned.

Tazz Omar

so he has Down Syndrome, big deal?

My husband and I were thrilled to find out we were pregnant back in January. Everything progressed just fine until the 20-week ultrasound.

The baby had a hole in his heart and was growing slowly. We had an amnio done, and the results came back that our baby has down syndrome. The doctor wanted to know if we wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Why? Because he's not perfect?? I'M not perfect, nor is anyone I know. I'm not going to kill my now 5 and a half-month gestation baby because he's not perfect. Not after seeing his face on ultrasound, and watching that little heart beat away....

He's still our son, and Down Syndrome or not, I'm going to love him and raise him just the same! I can't wait to meet the little guy! I am so excited!


miracle pregnancy and devastation

After 9 years of trying for a child, taking fertility drugs & having tests after tests, we decided it was best to adopt. Then my husband decided, let's go on vacation; relieve the stress and enjoy ourselves. We went to Dominican Republic, said our prayers and tried every second day.

In February I felt very sure I was pregnant & alas I was. Valentines Day I tested positive. This was a miracle a dream come true, unfortunately our dreams are now shattered. I thought I was doing so well; all the ultrasounds were fine, the baby seemed to be doing well. Then our hopes and dreams were shattered when we learnt that our baby has full trisomy 13 ,a rare disorder which is age related, multiple abnormalities that involve major organs. Every chromosomal cell is abnormal.

I have never been so shocked in my whole life! We are now faced with termination of pregnancy. I cry every day praying that a miracle will happen. I have very little hope even if I took our baby to term there is slim chance of it surviving. Our baby is a boy.

I am 40 years old & I am in such despair. I cannot stop blaming myself for this I never gave up hope getting pregnant so keep trying. I just happen to be extremely unlucky.


Getting Through it.

I was told a long time ago that I had an extremely slim chance of ever getting pregnant. I've had multiple surgeries on my reproductive organs because of cysts, and my ovaries hardly worked. I got my period maybe 2 times a year. My husband and I almost gave up all together on ever having a baby.

Only after my breasts started hurting, and my pants became snug, one of my friends suggested a pregnancy test. When it came back positive, I was still skeptical, and took 2 more- then went to the doctor and had them check also.

Come to find out, all our dreams had come true; I was in fact, pregnant!! And 3 months along!

The 4th month was when I finally made it to the doctor for my first prenatal checkup. I was larger than normal, and they did an ultrasound. The baby was a beautiful girl; she had long legs and was developing just right.

Above the uterus was the problem. An ovarian cyst (again!) about 7 inches across, 5 inches high... and who knows how far back. Right under my ribs, hindering any possibility of our baby growing any more.

My husband's eyes filled with sadness, and I tried not to cry. "I told you so" didn't seem like the right thing to say.

The doctor came in and said 2 things.
It needs to come out.
And it needs to come out NOW.
If the cyst is strong, it will get in the way of the growing baby. If not, the expanding uterus will put so much pressure on it, that it will explode and kill us both. Either way, it had to come out.

Surgery again, and this time 4 and a half months pregnant. I just wanted one thing, and that was my baby. The surgery had to be quick, but getting a cyst of that size out, always takes some time, and they had to make sure it wasn't cancerous. After the 2-hour surgery, the first thing I wanted to hear when I woke up, was that out baby was OK. And she was!
And the first person I wanted to see was my husband, who was the happiest I've seen since he found out we were pregnant.

The 6 1/2 inch vertical incision down my stomach was all that was left of the basketball-sized 8-pound mass. They had to remove my ovary also, but I didn't care. Moving around weeks later was very difficult, all the organs in my body had to find their places after being pushed aside for so long.

Now my beautiful daughter has room to grow.

We only have 9 more weeks to go, and this has been one heck of a ride so far... but I would go through a hundred more horrible surgeries as long as our daughter comes out happy and healthy.

We can't wait!!

Amber Spoerl

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