An unfiltered picture of my feet at 33 weeks and five days pregnant, why? Because this is the first pregnancy where swelling doesn't have me off my feet all the time, and because at 33 weeks and five days in my first pregnancy, I nearly became a statistic.
There is a 5-8% chance an expectant mother will develop preeclampsia, and 15% of those develop HELLP Syndrome.
On a routine doctors visit a normal urine test showed protein in the urine, my face was swollen, my blood pressure elevated, and I was sent to the hospital for tests.
I got the preeclampsia diagnosis in less than an hour, and in two days I must deliver.
It was miserable, they had me on medications that me horribly uncomfortable, but things took a turn for the worse that evening when my symptoms became exaggerated. I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome early, and an emergency c-section saved mine and my son's life.
Hes now seven, btw.
I had a normal second pregnancy and had my second son at 38 weeks.
So what about this pregnancy?
I was healthy before I got pregnant, and my doctor put me on blood thinners just in case, because of my history with preeclampsia, but things started going square shaped fast.
By seventeen weeks my blood pressure was alarmingly high, I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, and put on BP meds.
In the meantime, my manly husband who is a mechanic was in tears. He felt selfish for wanting another child. I reminded him I wanted one too, and it wasn't either of our faults.
Shit happens, but after this we are done having children.
But thanks to modern medicine, I'm having as normal a pregnancy as I can possibly have. I took a vacation two weeks ago, something I'd never be able to do otherwise. I took the kids places and walked around with them. We had fun. Sure I was uncomfortable, but I could still be up and about, and my feet look pretty damn good.
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