February 05, 2024 By Briana Bonaguro
This was my second pregnancy, but the gap between was 10 years this one was a “surprise” but I should have known from the early weeks this pregnancy was going to be much different. I was extremely sick from the onset heading into my second trimester I started to feel a little better until one night I noticed my ankles were swollen and they hadn’t been up until this point, I brushed it off as normal pregnancy things. Over the next week I just felt overall not great called my ob office to explain what was going on and I was met with “ sounds normal if it gets worse come in.” As the weeks went by my legs were swelling and my face I asked to be tested for preeclampsia and surprisingly the labs were normal, but as the later weeks went on my son was measuring smaller everytime until my 37 week sono he had fallen under the 5th percentile. My doctor had me to go the hospital so they could get a more accurate measurement and it turned out he was even smaller than what he was measuring in office. I was immediately admitted for a c-section. They took blood but didn’t wait for the results they wanted to get the baby our as soon as possible, before going into the operating room they noticed my blood pressure was high and my doctor brushed it off as me being nervous. My son was born 4lbs 4oz and was immediately taken to the NICU for breathing issues, I never saw his face.
When I was back in recovery my blood work came back and at this point my blood pressure was extremely high and would not go down, my doctor said to me I’m sorry we need to put you on a magnesium drip asap and your going to feel awful. I was in a daze from all that was going on I really didn’t register what was happening. The next morning I couldn’t see or keep my eyes open I couldn’t eat the nurse was trying to get me to stand and I blacked out, family visiting and conversations are all a blur. It wasn’t until 4 days later that I saw my son for the first time. I’m 4 month postpartum and still dealing with symptoms switching blood pressure medications to find the right one, migraines, extreme dizziness , nausea the list goes on. Waiting for the day I can put all of the behind me.