Jeremy was due on February 23, 1993, but the doctors decided to deliver him on January 5, 1993, at 33 weeks gestation. This was because mommy was suffering from Pre-eclampsia which escalated into HELLP. Jeremy came into the world weighing 3 lbs. 12 oz. and was 17 1/4 inches in length. To learn more about his early arrival read on.
During the month of June, 1992, mommy and daddy discovered that they were pregnant with me and that I was due to arrive on February 23, 1993. Mommy was a pool manager/lifeguard/examiner, etc. and the doctor advised her to quit her job because she had had one previous miscarriage. So she did and was hoping for a nice smooth pregnancy, unfortunately it didn't turn out that way!
On August 26, 1992, mommy had her first, and not her last, ultrasound. I am on the left hand side of the picture with my back to everyone.
Everything seemed normal. Mommy did not suffer from morning sickness at all. But then everything started to go haywire. The family doctor noticed that mommy's blood pressure was increasing from her normal 120/70 to the 135/80 range. There were traces of protein showing up in urine samples and mommy looked run down. This was around 25/26 weeks gestation. Since the nearest city to mommy and daddy was a 1/2 hour drive, they lived on a farm, the doctor decided to admit mommy to the local hospital.
The admission was mainly for bed rest but the doctor noticed that it was not helping and the blood pressure was still increasing. So he contacted the nearest perinatologist, 2 hours away, and explained the situation.
Mommy and daddy had to head up for an appointment as soon as possible and mommy was placed in the hospital there. She was given another ultrasound which showed that the blood supply to baby was decreasing and the perinatologist prescribe one baby aspirin a day for starters. While in the hospital mommy was given and shown how to use a blood pressure monitor. By this time her blood pressure had been sitting at 140/90. She was also given test strips to test for protein in the urine, which was still at just a trace.
The perinatologist decided to prescribe medication to help lower the blood pressure, "Labetelol". Mommy was released from the hospital on November 27, 1992, but had to make weekly trips into the local hospital for NST, non-stress tests, and ensure that she monitored herself very closely. Every two weeks she returned to the perinatologist, a two hour trip one way, for another ultrasound and for alterations in her medication.
Daddy's boss was very kind in letting daddy take the time off to drive mommy to and from the local hospital and to and from the hospital two hours away. Many times the result of the further trip meant mommy staying in the hospital for a few days. It got so bad that by the time she finally had me, some of the people assumed she worked there since she was around so much!!!
At 29 weeks gestation mommy's blood pressure seemed to be a constant 140/90 but more protein was showing up, from a trace to 30. During one of mommy's stays at the hospital the perinatologist upped her medication dosage and added another kind. Mommy cannot remember the name of that one though. She was instructed to do fetal kick counts on a regular basis and to report any blurred vision, headaches and/or upper abdominal pain.
Once back home again, mommy started to notice her blood pressure rise to 155/115. This was at 31 weeks and the protein had jumped to 100. The medications were losing their effectiveness so into the hospital mommy went again. More ultrasounds, more NSTs and more needed rest.
Mommy spent from December 26 until December 31 in the hospital. The night of December 30 the perinatologist had mommy sign a consent form for an amniocentesis. She signed this at 11:00 pm that evening and at 7:00 am the following day was carted down to ultrasound and had it performed. OUCH is all that comes to mommy's mind when she thinks about it. The perinatologist had mentioned that if the baby's lungs were mature they would deliver the baby that very day. Unfortunately it showed baby was not ready to be born. So once again mommy was given instructions to closely monitor herself and was released from the hospital.