May 04, 2023 By Alix Burns
You normally hear of Preeclampsia happening during pregnancy and needing an emergency delivery. You rarely hear of it happening post delivery…
I was lucky enough to have a fairly easy and healthy pregnancy. I had a scheduled c-section since my baby was breech. My blood pressure was a bit high as they prepped me for the OR but I said- well I’m nervous, you’re about to cut a baby out of me. The c-section went smoothly and I delivered a healthy baby girl.
However, after delivery, my blood pressure continued to spike reaching 217/110. They tried different medications and multiple magnesium drips to ensure I didn’t have a seizure or stroke. After spending a week in the hospital and finally getting my blood pressure to go down some, we were finally able to go home with our new baby. It was a terrifying experience not knowing what could have caused this or how long it would last. I was finally able to go off BP medications after 7 months but I’m still paranoid it could spike at any time given the randomness of this severe disorder. I hope my story brings awareness because there is such little information on Postpartum Preeclampsia.
I have had two very different experiences with Preeclampsia.
My first in 2019, with our first daughter Sophia. My pregn...ReadMore