Had my first one 8 years ago. It was pretty easy, though at the end I had some kidney issues (preexisting issue) and I was induced early, but basically normal.
This one has been completely different. I had crazy morning sickness. When that resolved itself, I was diagnosed with GD. Diet wasn't working so I'm on insulin. My kidneys are acting up again (spilling protein), and now, about a week ago, I apparently had a mini-stroke/ TIA. Now I'm going to doctor appointments just about every day, seeing an OB, perinatalogist, endocronologist, neurologlist, and nephrologist plus an appointment with a ophthamalogist. In the past week I've had an MRI, EKG, ultrasound of arteries, ultrasound of kidneys, plus all the lab work for all these doctors, and my 2x NST. The nuerologist says that younger people who have mini-strokes often have some sort of clotting or heart issue, so he wants to figure it out before I give birth. I'm 35 weeks, but was expecting to be induced around 38 weeks for kidneys. Now the results of all these tests are going to effect the birth; if I have a heart condition, he might not want me to push, but if there is a clotting condition, they need to know in case of c-section.
I'm taking Lamaze, but it seems pointless. I feel like it's not in my control at this point. I'm not even interested in reading about birth at this point because I feel like I have so few choices. I don't know which issue to focus on. Will I have another TIA during birth, will the baby's blood sugar be stabilized after birth or will she go to NICU, what will my blood sugar do during labor, how early will I need to deliver, will my kidneys hold up for a few more weeks. . .
Sorry to be depressing. I'm think I'm trying to not create expectations in my head because I have no way of knowing what will happen, so I'm just not thinking about it. I'm scared, too, of what is happening to my body. In spite of all this issues, I considered myself to be a really healthy person before this, with few health issues.