Preeclampsia is having high blood pressure and high protein levels in the urine during pregnancy.
And preeclampsia was why my baby was born premature. One day during my 35th week of pregnancy, I had 2 seizures. I thought I was just dreaming during the first seizure — I didn’t even know that that was a seizure! I just found it odd that I couldn’t control the twitching movement of my head and my fingers. So I just went back to sleep thinking I might just be tired.
I woke up again, went to the kitchen to get some oatmeal, went back to the room, then it happened again. But since I splattered my oatmeal onto the carpet and bed, I realized everything was real and that I need to get myself checked by the doctor.
My mother-in-law was just in the kitchen. She quickly drove me to the hospital and, since she works there, brought me straight to Labor & Delivery. The nurses asked me about my symptoms, told me that those were seizures and they checked my vitals. It turned out my blood pressure was too high and I had preeclampsia.
Taking out the placenta is the only cure to preeclampsia.
So they needed to induce labor and deliver the baby. After a few minutes of being induced though, my baby’s heart rate slowed down. They suddenly declared a certain Code (“Code C” if I’m not mistaken), took me out of my room and into the delivery room for an emergency cesarian section.
The nurses were moving so quickly, my husband was (and his mom and a couple of our friends were) panicking, and I was too dizzy to remember everything. But I remember whispering a prayer to God to take care of my baby, guide my husband as he raises the baby, and comfort my mom. Because I knew there was a possibility that I won’t get out of the hospital alive.
But I survived. I stayed in the hospital for 5 days because the preeclampsia continued on for a couple of days. They had to monitor my blood pressure every 30 minutes and I was under medication all day.
The doctor said there is a 30% chance that I’ll have preeclampsia if I get pregnant again in the future.
And that’s why my husband is having second thoughts about having another baby. But we are leaving it all to God. If it’s His will for us to have another child, then so be it. I believe having a baby should be seen as a blessing. And if we get multiples, then it’s a multiple blessing from Him!
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