Monday, September 2, 2019

My Pregnancy Journey

Hello all! I am a new mommy who had a beautiful baby who was in the N.I.C.U for a whole month. It was such an experience because the pregnancy started out so normal, ya know, the usual decreased hunger because of morning sickness, sluggish and other basic symptoms. After a few check ups, my practitioner noticed that I had protein in my urine. I did not worry as much until I went back a few times and there was still protein in my urine, then later high blood pressure. I then decided to buy my own blood pressure cuff so I could monitor my blood pressure. I began to notice that my blood pressure was constantly scary high, so I decided to do some google searching to see what this meant and there it was, preclampsia. Preclampsia is a pregnancy condition that concludes of high blood pressure, protein in urine, dizziness, and swelling and the only cure is to have your baby. I decided to contact my practitioner and let her know what was going on and she told me to get there immediately. After some checking up she told me to go to the hospital. I was a little worried, but when I got there my blood pressure was 172/100. It was literally a blessing that I got to the hospital on time with such a high blood pressure. They told me that I was going to be admitted. I was 7 and a half months (28 weeks) pregnant. I didn't think that I would be there for nearly a month. While I was admitted they told me that they wanted to have me deliver at 34 weeks. I was content with that because I had researched how dangerous preclampsia could be. While being admitted, my blood pressure was constantly monitored every 4 hours and I had a lot of blood work done. Both were extremely annoying because I was always awaken from my sleep. (I guess it was preparing me for mother hood in a way). The good part of me being admitted was that I would get ultrasounds every two weeks to check on the status of my son, somewhat free food and hearing my boy's heart beat. The suckish part was that I had to monitor what I ate, constant blood work every 3 days and hardly getting any sleep. A doctor had also been coming in every two days to check on my son's heart beat. They let me know that there were "dips" in his heart rate which would scare me but they reassured me that he was going to be okay. At 32 weeks at around 11:30-ish on April 12, a doctor came in and wanted to check on my sons heartbeat, she told me that he just kept having dips in his heart rate and that they were going to have me deliver that night. I was nervous and scared at the same time. Hoping that I was going to have a vaginal birth but knowing full well that it was going to be a Cesarean section birth, I asked how I would deliver. "You're going to have a c-section" she told me. I cried a little bit because I was not prepared for a c-section. I eventually toughened up and said to myself "lets do it". As they got me ready and prepared for the procedure I just thought about my baby just hoping and praying things would go smoothly. At 2:14am I had my little boy at 2lbs and 10oz. The part that really surprised me is that he did not cry at all. He was so quiet. They let me kiss him and took him to a baby incubator. After the procedure I rested. My birthday was the next day, which was when I was able to see him which was around 1am. I stayed down in the N.I.C.U for 2 and a half hours in pain but happy to see my little angel. The nurse came and got me and told me that I needed to rest and I did so for a couple more days until I was released. This was probably one of the most life changing experiences ever with a beautiful outcome.


  1. What a journey! I’m so happy that everything turned out well for you and your family. Great job being proactive to monitor what your body was doing and getting medical assistance when needed.

  2. Wow you went through so much! What a strong mama! I’m glad mommy and baby are doing good now!

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