Post # 1
I am 21 and unexpectedly got pregnant. I’m a fairly healthy individual, but it seems like this entire pregnancy has been horribly complicated and I find myself getting so jealous of my other pregnant friends for having easy pregnancies!
I am 20 weeks, and not showing at all. In fact, I was diagnosed with Hypermesis Gravedium the first trimester so Im still actually under pre-pregnancy weight as I am just now getting to the point where I can keep down food.
Then started the HORRIBLE cramping and braxton hicks contractions that I’ve been hospitalized with twice now, because I keep getting worried Im having a miscarraige (I get spotting every time). I also just found out I have developed a heart condition that needs to be monitored, I am extremely anemic, and I have signs of placenta previa since my placenta is extremely low.
Any other Bee’s have issues like this? I feel awful constantly, and feel like I have been sick the entire pregnancy and not been able to enjoy any of it! And now, Im starting to get worried about the health of the baby (and me) with all these conditions I am developing. Anyone have advice or similiar stories? All my friends are extremely healthy and active, most did not even experience morning sickness. Im starting to feel alone in this, and its becoming depressing.
Post # 2
Do they not have you on medicine for your severe morning sickness? Zofran and I believe there’s another medicine that helps with that (starts with a D I think?). Those apparently work wonders.
As for your anemia, did they RX you to buy some iron pills OTC or through a prescription? I was told my iron was low theother day, not severely anemic, but nonetheless I bought 45mg slow release tablets as instructed by my doctor. You may be anemic because of your “poor diet” from your morning sickness combined with just general pergancy anemia, which is common…so I would think once you’re less sick, you’d be able to hold down more nutrient rich foods like spinach, iron fortified cereals (bran flakes are my fav) proteins, beans and such, and drink some OJ too which will help.
Placenta previa just needs to be monitored, i’m not a doctor obviously, but if you do some reading it might calm your mind and make you feel more at ease and know that these are controllable circumstances. That would also explain some spotting you have during BH’s.
The heart condition is good that they caught now! In many pregnancy books (I read Mayo Clinic’s guide to a healthy pregnancy) they express how most times heart conditions whether benign or more serious go unnoticed until later in pregnancy when our heart is working harder and we have more blood volume. Hopefully they’re being proactive, like ekg’s, holter monitor, or event monitor or even a stress test (not sure if you can do those when pregnant? I had one done just prior to pregnancy)
Anywho, while I can’t relate too much on the difficult pregnancy side, I do have ailments that limit me sometimes like my chronic sciatica issues (sometimes I can’t even lift my leg!), dizzy spells that scare the crap outta me, and hypoglycemia episodes because baby boy loves to steal mommies sugar stores…so I have to eat more often and choose the right foods.
Hope you can find some peace with all of this soon! It sucks you can’t enjoy your pregancy but know that most can’t and don’t…it’s not some magical experience for everyone.
Try buying some books, it really helped me. Especially if you are becoming depressed/down.
Post # 3
I also have complicated pregnancies, for whatever reason. I am a very healthy person when Iam not pregnant.
In my case, I have problems with my kidneys (but only when pregnant). I am currently expecting my second child and having the same problem this time. I have hydronephrosis, meaning my kidneys don’t drain. It’s very painful and in my first pregnancy, I required multiple surgeries. That stress caused my baby to be IUGR.
It’s really scary. I totally can relate with you on that. Being in the hospital, worrying about the effects of medication on my baby.. anesthesia while pregnant. Feeling SO guilty about not being a normal, healthy pregnant woman.
I also had really bad morning sickness in this pregnancy. Up until I was 23-24 weeks, I was constantly sick. It was so hard to enjoy being pregnant…and then as soon as the MS was gone, my kidney pain got worse.
For me, I just try to enjoy every day. I find the things about my pregnancy that I like: feeling baby move, the anticipation of meeting him/her.
We’re always here if you want to vent. I was part of an online Due Date Club in my first pregnancy, and that was so vital to my sanity the first time around (I am still a member there this time too). There was literally no one in my real life that could relate to what I was going through…but online there are lots of women going through a variety of complications that know exactly what it’s like to experience the stress and uncertainty of it all!