So we get to the hospital and they do lots more blood work and basically my liver was shutting down and getting worse and worse and my platelette count was so low it was critical. That and my bp was so high and tons of protein and elevated uric acid. I was in horrible shape. They start pitocin because a c-cection could have been bad since I hardly had plateletts I could have bleed to death. After 20 hours of pitocin and me getting sicker and sicker there was no choice but a c-section. Also I was on magnesium sulfate which makes you feel worse then anything in the world, but with me being so sick it would prevent me from having seizures. The doctor kept assuring me I would be ok once the baby was here. So I have an emergency c-section and I am so bad off at this point, plus being on the magnesium sulfate I didnt even know what was going on really, and was throwing up as I was getting my c-section and confused and not even sure what was happening to me. My baby girl was 7 pounds 6 ounces and luckily she didnt suffer as a result of all this. Within 72 hours I was so much better and liver and plateletts much better as well as bp. I am so thankful everything turned out ok in the end because HELLP is very very dangerous and deadly. My baby Kathryn is a total sweetie pie who loves to nurse, she is for sure a boobie baby, thats what all the nurses and doctors were calling her.
I am sorry for the experience. I had a very very (VERY!) similar experience when pregnant and during L&D of my twins seven years ago. If you ever need to talk to someone that has BTDT, vent, whatever - feel free to msg me for my email address.
Sounds like a good experience to have over and done with. There are some situations when cesareans as un-fun as they are can be really useful tools to have available. So glad that you are feeling better, that your midwife was alert and caught your condition and that your daughter is robust and happy and in your arms! Good work!
Livin' the good life here in Connecticut with my DH and our three fabulous boys (4/3/06, 2/4/08 and 5/20/10) Hoping to try for Sweet Baby #4 in December!
I wish you peace as you heal from this traumatic experience. So, so glad that you are both ok. Blessings!
Raising our babies: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012
You are both alive and well now, and that's all that counts! I LOVE her little nickname the boobie baby. We had a short bout in the NICU after my last birth and all that nursing and skin to skin...even for months after we got home was so therapeutic for us both!
Enjoy those little nursling snuggles mama! Congratulations on your little girl!!!
Midwife. Mama to five. Love is still the greatest.
UC/UP/EBF/AP/CD/BW, Waterbirthing, Homeschooling, no circ, no vax.
Expecting #8 on Dec 6th, 2011
If you go on to have more kids, know that in most cases Pre-E is preventable through proper nutrition so seek out a care provider that believes that (some doctors don't).
JENNY, 38~ preschool teacher, birth activist, sun worshiper, singer, married for 17 years and mom to
Karan 15, Fiona 12, Bodhi 10, Bjorn 6, Devon 3, and Robin Taylor born January 16th!