"I'm a FTM stay at home mom, living in Southern CA. My husband and I have been together for 12 years and married for 7, we never really thought kids were in our plan, but after traveling, finishing college, getting great careers, buying a home-we figured let’s let nature takes its course and decide when/if we are ready-a month later I was pregnant having an amazing happy healthy pregnancy, with the best OB and doula team, preparing myself for an all-natural birth experience."
"On 10/29/13 I had a routine office visit, and while my blood pressure was being checked the nurse made a comment, "Oh it seems a bit high today" 125/88 and I immediately started to worry-I knew high blood pressure was the first sign of preeclampsia, and I knew if I had preeclampsia, my dream of a perfect all natural doula assisted birth would be out of the picture. So when my Dr. came in, I right away asked her and she seemed less then worried but agreed to take it again before I left, at that point I was already freaked out and my BP was actually getting high 140/90 and my Dr. and I both just thought it was because I was spooked, so we did an in office urine sample and it came back clean. My Dr. thought it would be best to also have me do the 24 hour urine sample just to get a good baseline on where my proteins were at, being that it was Halloween the next day, I was less then pleased but I figured better safe than sorry. The 24 hour urine test also came back normal.
On 11/11/13, I was 33 and 6 -I started feeling sick, my head and back were hurting and I had no appetite, I couldn't get comfortable, and I just thought that this is how normal pregnant women feel towards the end of their pregnancy. Everyone says the last few months of being pregnant are terrible right?! Later that night, I still couldn't get comfortable, so I took a hot shower, a long bath and nothing seemed to help I told my husband our bed was the problem and I wanted to sleep on the couch down stairs, he followed me down stairs and we both got as comfortable as we could, about an two hours later, I was thankful for the sleep and I woke up hungry so I went to the kitchen grabbed an apple and some water and on my way back to the couch I had uncontrollably violently threw up everywhere, at this point I knew I wasn't going in to work the next morning, I must have the flu or something, so I made some quick texts and tried to go back to bed.
11/12/13 The next morning my upper left rib was hurting, I was sure I pulled a muscle from throwing up so hard last night, but I had to suck up the pain, drive an hour in to the office submit payroll and then go home and rest until my routine 34 week OB appointment. I had an ice pack on my ribs all morning and afternoon, I was still thinking I had the flu, I didn't have an appetite, but I knew I needed to eat something so lying in bed, with an ice pack, eating saltines and trying to get some rest before my doctor's appointment. I arrived at my doctors'; they do the normal BP check 120/85-and I sit and wait for my doctor to come in.
Once she arrives I tell her about how I threw up the night before, and how I pulled a muscle, and this was very surprising to her this whole pregnancy I had not thrown up once and now here I am asking for nausea meds, they do an in office urine test and I have +1, so she orders another 24 hour urine test along with a full panel of blood work-and at this point I'm frustrated-the dream of a perfect all natural birth experience is being interrupted by the flu! I walked a few doors over and gave my blood and got my bucket to pee in for the next 24 hours and started my 2 hour drive home, about 45 minutes on our drive back my doctor called and said some of my blood work has come back and she wants us to come to LD and do the 24 hour test there instead of at home. We agreed I would go home and get my bags and head back, 5 minutes later my doctor is calling me again she said more of my blood work has come back and I need to be induced tonight we must deliver my baby asap. We continued to drive home to grab our bags we move less than a mile in crazy LA traffic and my phone rings again-Yeah it’s my doctor.
She said I have a syndrome called HELLP, and I need to head back to the hospital right now, no time to grab our bags and I need to have an emergency C section now, I tell her we are in traffic and it could take us an hour to an hour and half to get back there-she explains this is life threating for both baby and I and if at any time on the drive back I start to feel sicker my husband is instructed to pull over to the nearest hospital."
My son and I are lucky to be alive, and even thought I didn't get the all-natural birth experience I had hoped and planned for, I found out how strong I am, and how being a mom feels like and knowing that so many women who have HELLP that is taken away from them.
I didn't have any symptoms until the night before. Headaches, body aches, loss of appetite, vomiting, upper left rib pain (this puzzled my doctor, its normally upper right pain).
I don't know if either my son or I would be alive without the fast actions of my doctor. I was to dead set on having a natural birth I didn't want to believe my body was failing me. Since delivering my son 8 weeks ago, I'm humbled by my experience, and have become very aware of my body."