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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Gestational diabetes

I am 33 weeks pregnant. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. i have excess amniotic fluid around my baby and for the last 3 wks i've been so afraid instead of excited for my baby coming. i also just don't understand the diet that i am on because my blood sugar test still is high. and i don't know what right things to eat. my weight is going up and down and i am just so afraid.

i don't know what to do....

Juanita Spivey


i went into labour at 35 weeks. that was ok. when my baby was born the docters took my baby boy n girl away for 2 hours. i didnt know what was happening so i asked the docters and they brought my babies back.

i looked at them and started crying. they were attached at the head but my little girl wasn't fully developed. my baby boy bill looked happy and i thought about getting the other one taken off but i didnt. Bill is now 3 years old and as happy as ever. he is beautiful. i love him so much


Preeclampsia and healthy baby

I was about 30 weeks pregnant with my 1st child when during a routine Dr's visit, my blood pressure was suddenly in the 140s over 90s range- it had always been low to normal before...
the Dr began monitoring me regularly and my BP kept rising until it reached 170 over 110- I began going for non-stress tests twice a week and seeing my Dr once a week- the blood pressure was the only real symptom of preeclampsia I had at this point...

In my 34th week- my water suddenly broke- my Dr ended up having to deliver my baby via C-section while I was attached to a magnesium drip- she was fine except for being a bit small- she was 3 lbs. 15 oz..and now doing extremely well...

About a week after I had my daughter, my blood pressure returned to normal


My Little Miracle

I was 27 weeks gestation and my 21 week ultrasound showed the baby was just a little bit small for her age, so we had another ultrasound at 27 weeks to check the growth and found that she was very small for her gestational age and I would need to have a test done to check the placenta and umbilical cord. This was on a wednesday, that evening I started feeling ill. The right side of my chest was hurting every time I took a breath. It felt like I was being stabbed and couldn't breathe.

I went to the emergency room and was told that it was my gallbladder and to go home and rest. I spent the next two days unable to keep food down and the pain moved to the middle of my upper stomach area. Saturday morning I went to the ER again with the pain. They wanted to send me home, but something didn't feel right and my husband knew and refused to take me home. So I was admitted and had the ultrasound done earlier than the Monday scheduled.

They found that the baby was in distress, and not moving very much. They found the placenta was less than the 10th percentile for age and the baby was less than 5th percentile. I had PIH (preeclampsia) and I was going into HEELP syndrome. My platelets dropped from 216,000 to 95,000 in four hours and I was feeling horrible. I was transferred to another hospital via ambulance and within 2 hours I was in emergency surgery.

I'm doing quite well. I'm back to work now five weeks after the surgery. My baby girl (my little miracle) is great. She weighed in at a heavy 1 pound 3 ounzes and is faced with all the challenges that a preemie this small would normally face. She meets each challenge with a wonderful gas grin and beautiful big eyes and teaches me everyday what fighting is all about.

Kristy Robinson

What do I know?

I am still really looking forward to having my second child although it has been really hard. When I first heard the news of having too much protein in my urine at my 7 week doctor's visit, I did not think about it much during the second or most of the third month of pregenancy - until I got on the internet and started checking out what exactly that pre-eclampsia was.

Reading everyone's story on this web page has made me feel better though. I am in my 12th week now and I feel as though I have not been informed enough, so I am doing all the research myself but I am not at liberty to make the ultimate diagnosis of what exactly this means. Should I be worried? I do have the high blood pressure and I also have gestational diabetes. I have been sick for almost the 3 months and severe headaches. I don't really much about what is going on with my body.

With my first child it was much easier, no problems except for Group B Strep which I was treated for after birth me and my baby. My first child and this new baby will be 8 years apart and I feel as though I have never done this before.. If there is anyone that can give me some advice please do.

Melissa Pell City, Alabama

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