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May '13

My Pre-eclampsia, treatment, and our early “Bird”

Certainly after all of the struggles we’ve had in this baby making process, my sickness and chemotherapy resulting in no eggs, finding a suitable donor, doing IVF for 3-years and then with my diabetes and auto-immune disorder it has caused problems for our little bub as well.

So here I sit on the maternity ward, 8-weeks early, waiting for our C-Section surgery.

I know that many have had pre-eclampsia, or maybe of you have no idea what it is exactaly. Before I explain eclampsia and pre-eclampsia I thought it would be an good point to make that everybody is different and every situation is different and as much as I would love to go to term it is not possible for me. I don’t know what this means at this exact moment for our baby bird, we can only intrust in the doctors and specialists that haven been working on our case to make that decision.

Eclampsia is an acute and life-threatening complication of pregnancy, characterized by the appearance of tonic-clonic seizures, usually in a patient who has developed pre-eclampsia. (Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are collectively called Hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and toxemia of pregnancy.)

Eclampia includes seizures and coma that happen during pregnancy but are not due to preexisting or organic brain disorders.e

**Pre-eclampsia a medical condition characterized by high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine of a pregnant woman. If left untreated, it can develop into eclampsia, the life-threatening occurrence of seizures during pregnancy.

There are many different causes for the condition. It appears likely that there are substances from the placenta that can cause endothelial dysfunction in the maternal blood vessels of susceptible women. While blood pressure elevation is the most visible sign of the disease, it involves generalised damage to the maternal endothelium, kidneys, and liver, with the release of vasoconstrictive factors being a consequence of the original damage.

Pre-eclampsia may develop from 20 weeks’ gestation (it is considered early onset before 32 weeks, which is associated with an increased morbidity). Its progress differs among patients; most cases are diagnosed before labor typically would begin. Pre-eclampsia may also occur up to six weeks after delivery. Apart from Caesarean section and induction of labor (and therefore delivery of the placenta), there is no known cure. It is the most common of the dangerous pregnancy complications; it may affect both the mother and fetus.

So what’s happening to me, as we speak, I’m waiting to be taken off to surgery, I’m in te birthing suite now, and my Kidney function is very very bad, almost non-existent.  My blood pressure is fully under control at this point but if my Kidneys fail, it is likely that I will not make it through this process.  So unfortunately there is no option to send me home on bed rest with the current scenario.

Looks like bub is coming tonight.  We’ve prepped for surgery and now we wait for the green light.

Fingers crossed everyone!

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