Where do I begin? lol. I will say, that I NEVER thought that I would be the one to experience complications. Nothing runs in my or DH’s family, and I was/am very healthy.
From week 5-17 I spotted on and off. Never determined why.
At week 22, the real complications began. I landed in the ER in excruciating pain. I had been in mild pain all weekend and just thought it was round ligament pain..on Monday it became more than I could bear.
After much testing I was diagnosed with hydropnephrosis of my right kidney. Basically, my uterus was pushing on my ureter, and not allowing my kidney to drain. Freaking excruciating. I had a stent placed between my kidney and bladder (it is TERRIFYING to have surgery while pregnant, btw). The stent eventually began forming crystals (like kidney stones) and became even more painful. I spent a lot of time on the couch, unable to do anything. There were good days, bad days. I was in and out a of the hospital a few times to have my stent removed and replaced.
At 37 weeks my DD was diagnosed IUGR, likely due to the physical stress on my body with the hydronephrosis, and I was induced at 38w4d. She was small (5lb5oz) but completely healthy. I had my stent removed the day after her birth (it was replaced with a temporary one that I could remove myself). We stayed in hospital 6 days (she had jaundice). My kidney now is 100% normal and I sustained no permenent damage.
So, my pregnancy was quite stressfull at times, but I always maintained a positive outlook and did not stress. I was obviously concerned about my DD’s wellbeing many times (anethesia, pain meds, stress, etc) and was so relieved that she was ok.
The whole experience has traumatized me a bit though. We want to have another child, but I simply cannot imagine going through the same complications and needing to look after my DD at the same time.
There is no guarentee this won’t happen in subsequent pregnancies. I’m actually scheduled for an ultrasound today to look at a persistent ovarian cyst (which we now know was there during my pregnancy) to see what is going on with it. It may be possible that the cyst was the cause of my ureter being blocked…so if that is true, and we can’t do anything about the cyst, I’m almost guarenteed to have the same problem again.