I had an amazing pregnancy. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have gotten the "HELLP Syndrome". I also had no clue what it was. My pregnancy was so perfect that you could have read it straight from a book. Never got morning sickness or anything. I drank that orange nasty stuff they have you drink to make sure you don't have any problems and the results came out great. I had nothing to worry about. So I thought. When I was coming to the end of my pregnancy, I believe I was 38 weeks and was so excited to meet my baby boy. I was also only 17 years old. When I woke up on July 2nd 2010, I knew something was wrong. By the way, I never went into pre-term labor or had Braxton hicks contractions so I also thought well maybe this is what labor feels like?
When I woke up around 7am on July 2nd, I got this burning/cramping feeling in my stomach. I describe it as my little boy had a lighter lit on the inside of my stomach the burning was so bad. I laid down on the couch to try & get it to ease, then I took a warm shower and it still wouldn't go away. So I was like "it's time!" I called my mom to come get me and take me because I couldn't get his daddy out of the bed to take me. He didn't believe me. (Nothing new with him tho) Anyways, my mom & I arrive at the hospital in London Ky expecting to start my labor! I was over the moon excited! When I changed into my gown and peed in a cup they came back in and looked at me and said "you’re not in consistent labor and normally we would send you home until your labor pains became consistent, but you are not leaving this hospital without having this baby". I thought something was wrong but not what I was about to endure the next 3 days.
I still had no idea what was wrong but I had so many people there supporting me. My room was absolutely full! I was in so much pain it seemed like it took me forever to dilate to just 5. I had an amazing nurse when it was time for the epidural. They had me hooked up to so many different iv's and I had the wraps on my legs so my blood wouldn't clot where I was unable to get up and move around. My mom was my biggest supporter threw the whole thing. She started crying, I thought it was happy tears but little did I know she was scared for her daughter and grandsons life.
The nurse took her out of the room and told her "be prepared for the worse but pray for the best". I was wearing a cross necklace and I know God was there with me through the whole thing. When it became time to push, I'll never forget what my sister said as she was leaving the room when it was time for me to push. She said "push as hard as you can" & I thought well I'll try my best. Lol.
At this point I still had no idea I was on the verge of a stroke, heart attack and many more life threatening situations. My blood wouldn't clot so I couldn't have a C-section & my only option was to push him out vaginally. Put in mind though, I could still fell about everything because they didn't give me a full dose of the epidural because I would have to feel to push him out. It was hard not being able to move while in pain like that but I couldn't due to HELLP.
When I started pushing around 10:30am my baby entered this world at 11:23am weighing 7 lbs 13ounces. A healthy baby boy! I was blessed beyond measure. I had to be put on an iv for 24 hours after delivery which made me little loopy. It ruined my first day with my baby and everyone else. I still couldn't get up and move around until I left the hospital. I then had to stay with my mom for two weeks (doctor’s orders) because I couldn't move around a lot. I have to say, I had the best support system from my entire family. My son or I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for God and the wonderful doctors and nurses.
I have been told I can't bare another child because I have a 50/50 chance of getting HELLP again and that breaks my heart. Even though my baby boy Jayvon is here and healthy I still wanted to give him a baby sister/brother. And give my fiancé a baby. Even though Jayvon is pretty much his anyways. Lol. They have a bond that's unbreakable.
I am here, my baby boys here and healthy and I could not ask God for anything else. He's 4 years old and wild and so full of life. We truly are a miracle. I know a lot of people isn't as lucky as us and my heart goes out to them. I WANNA RAISE AWARENESS TO THIS BECAUSE EVERYONE THAT I HAVE TOLD MY STORY TO, has no idea what HELLP Syndrome is. Let’s find a cure so I can grow my family and give everyone that wasn't as lucky as me and lost their everything, their baby. So they can have a chance to have a baby and a healthy one. Everyone deserves a chance to have that feeling of being a mother. Never in a million years would I have thought I would get this disease. Hope my story touches you and let's make this horrible disease known and find a cure! Thank you for taking the time to read this :)) there is more to what happened, it's been 4 years and I can't remember everything, but I do know my son and my life was on the line and God pushed us through this horrible experience.