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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In high school my best friend was a boy. In the years that I had known him I have never thought of him as anything more than a friend. But during the latter part of our sophmore year and that following summer we began to date every once and a while. Well, during the latter part of the summer we went farther than we had ever meant to go. When we started our junior year of cross country I wasn't feeling well at all. I was having menstral type cramps without my period, and I felt nauseous and bloated alot. At first I didn't have any clue why. But then it donned on me that I could be pregnant. We hadn't told our parents that we had done anything becasue we were ashamed, we'd been taught all our lives to wait until we are married. So I told my mom how I had been feeling and she took me to the doctor to make sure everything was alright. The doctor told me I had an ovarian cyst. He said nothing about me being pregnant (though he did do an utrasound). So the doctor told me that we would keep an eye on the ovarian cyst and if it got any larger then it would have to be removed. I was so happy that I wasn't pregnant. Or so I thought. In the convening months I gained weight as a side effect of the cyst (and my pregnancy, but I didn't know that at the time). Somehow the doctor didn't catch that I was pregnant or decided to not tell me. But somehow I made it to 33 weeks and didn't know I was pregnant. Whenever the baby moved I had thought it was pain from the ovarian cyst. One Saturday in february I was having the worst pain from the ovarian csyt than I ever thought I could have. Little did I know that I was in labor. My best friend was supposed to pick me up to go to a basketball game at our high school. I went to the game, but spent most of the time in the bathroom. At about half-time I was far enough along in labor that my water broke and all that gross stuff. I was starting to panic. I had no clue what was going on with me, I had forgotten my cell phone at home and so I couldn't call anyone. I summoned up the courage to go and find my boyfriend. When I found him I told him quietly that he needed to take me to the hospital. He knew about my ovarian cysts and that I was sometimes in pain because of it. We share everything with each other. So he took me to the hospital. By the time we got there the pain was coming and going every 5 minutes or less. When we went into the ER the doctors immediately helped me because, thank goodness, there were very few people there. I told them about my ovarian cysts. They were worried that one of the cysts might have burst. Right before they were going to start doing an ultrasound I felt the overwhelming urge to push. I didn't know why I felt the need to. At that point the doctor had figured out that I was pregnant. Ten minutes later my beautiful baby boy was born. I can't even begin to describe the shock that my boyfriend and I felt. Our parents were equally shocked. Though our little boy was only 5 lbs 5 oz, he was healthy as could be. I had only gaine about 12-14 pounds during my whole pregnancy and that is the only reason I can think of that would have kept me from realizing I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I decided to keep our baby. Over the next several months we worked out all the details and in June of that year we married. Although it was hard, I was happier than I had ever been. The next year right after we graduated we welcomed another little boy into our family. Both my husband and I are in college. Its hard to juggle 2 boys and school. My husband works so hard to provide for us. We are expecting our third child in a few months. There are some days that I can't believe I will am twenty years old and will be the mother of three beautiful boys. My husband and I don't regret having kids so fast because my ovarian cysts wrecked havoc on my ovaries and the likelihood of having more children is slim. I am grateful for a wonderful family who stood beside me even though they were disappointed in me. I am also grateful for a husband who is committed to our family and works hard to provide for us!


VBAC compilcations

Please do not attempt a vbac. I was told it would be better for my baby and I and it ended up the worst thing I could have done for either one of us. My pregnancy was perfectly fine. It wasn't until I was induced and not watched the way I should have been during labor that something happened. My uterus was slowly ripping open all day and I was told your in labor you are going to feel some pain. I had an epidural though and should not have felt anything. Nothing was done until it was too late. I ended up with an emergency c-section and my daughter had a lack of oxygen and has severe brain damage. She is now 17 months old and mentally she is still like a newborn. Physical she is between 3-6 months old. She does not swallow so I have to suction her nose and mouth she has a g-tube. She has severe cp and we have been told not to expect much from her. The risk is too great. I put too much trust in my doctors and they failed my daughter and I. They repaired my uterus and told me I could have more children. I have since switched doctors and was told the risk for another rupture is too great. Please do not attempt a vbac unless your labor starts on its own.


my birth story

I was born three months early! But before I get to that, Let's go back to my mom's pregnancy. My mother was 19 and was in highschool when she found out she was expecting me. She told my Aunt Pat and my Aunt took my grandmother to NC ( we live in SC) and told her on Mother's day that she was to be a grandmother. Soon after that my Mother graduated highschool and got married to my Father. They moved in together and everything was fine until the night before my birthday. She started having back pains and made a Dr.s appointment for the last day of 9am. Her due date wasn't until Dec. so she thought she had a while. Her doctor checked her and she was 2-3 cm dialated. The dr. told her to go straight to the hospital. She did. When she was settled she called my dad to finish work and get a bag ready. Well, soon after she was given shots and many efforts to try and stop her labor nothing was working!!! She went to pee in a bedpan, and her water broke as soon as she set down. The nurse called the dr. and the dr checked her and checked the heartbeat of me and it was low. The dr. told my mom to push and the nurse realized my umbilicord was wrapped around my neck. The nurse held me inside my mother's womb until they got to the OR where she had an emergency C-section. As soon as I was cleaned off they rushed me to the NICU. Where they gave me a breathing tube and I was checked out. I weighed 2lbs. and 6oz. My mother wanted to spend every moment holding me and being with me. Soon after she was discharged she visited me every time she could. She never lefted my side. Every day there would be a new card with words of hope on my incubator. On my one month of being alive she told me I made it this far so I could keep fighting. That month I took a turn for the worst. I had fluid and blood around my brain. The dr.s all told my Mother that I was going to be mentally hanicaped and I that wouldn't grow hair on my head and thats if I survived the shunt that they were going to do.( A shunt is where the dr.s drill holes in the skull and put tubes in and drain the pressure off the brain.) After they did that, It worked!!! My mom came up every day and slept in the waiting room waiting on the next time to see me. The doctor got tired of her sleeping in the waiting room month after month. She finally got to take me home in Dec. I weighed 4 pounds and 5 oz. I was suposed to be 5 pounds. As I grew up, all the doctor's were proven WRONG!!! I am 17 and graduating in Dec. from highschool and I am a good student. I have a full head of hair and have asthma and drpression. Other than that I'm healthy and I have all 10 fingers and 10 toes!!!! I'm a survivor of circumstance and my mother later found out that she had an incompitie cervix but Ladies have hope, My mother's had 2 other healthy children!



Hi my name is tiffany and i gave birth to my second boy in january! We had no idea how this little guy would change our lives. At a week old Maverick was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called PKU, this is a very serious complication in which the liver is lacking the enzyme that breaks down proiten! Mavericks body can not get rid of any protien that is ingested into his body which makes his protien levels gt out of control, this can cause mental retartdation along with a list of other horrible side effects if we dont keep his levels under control! We have had to weigh and measure formulas so that his protien level stays where it needs to be because everyone has to have some protien to grow he just cant have alot, he has a special medical formula he will always have to drink to get the proper nutirants for his body that he is lacking in getting from his food! What this means is he will be vegitarian for his entire life,no meat,cheese,eggs, milk,nuts anything from an animal at all! Every peice of vegtable and fruit has to be weight its alot to deal with being a 25 year old mother but i will do it cause his life hangs in the balance! Every baby is checked at birth for this disorder, that is what they get there hill stuck for, just know that u are blessed to have ur child no matter how they are born it took me a good 2 months to quit asking "why my baby" but he is a perfect child and perfectly healthy its just my job tomake sure he stays this way, babies born with this disorder are perfectly normal and will be as long as PKU is cought within 3 weeks of birth! Just wanted to share my story and to let other parents out there know u might feel alone in this world but ur not, my child has a disorder that affects only 1 in 15,000 and him and my husbands uncle have this so its very rare!


Cholestasis in pregnancy

I had Cholestasis 35 weeks into my pregnancy it started about 3am i woke with severe itching all over my body it was that bad i had to get up and jump in a cold shower, i had read magazines weeks before this happened so i knew the itching wasnt normal so i called the hospital and went straight down. They took blood samples and the next day thy confirmed i had OC. The doctor then told me that i will have to take tablets untill i give birth and i will be induced at 38 weeks. from that day untill i was induced i had to go into hospital every other day to check my babies heart beat. And then i was induced at 38 weeks my labour was 5 hours and was quite an easy labour it wasnt till i got home the next day that i realised something was wrong with my baby he wasnt feeding i started to panic and took him to hospital again they tested him for everything i was there a week and half by his side i was stillw weak at the time and didnt eat i was that upset but they released him a week and half after and put it down to a viral infection as they couldnt find the problem im just so lucky to have him here today.

I just hope any mum wth this condition looks out for their baby not feeding when there born and takes them straight to hospital if not.



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