Up until I reached 28 weeks and 4 days pregnant I had had a fairly straightforward pregnancy...I continued to work, go out, even went on holiday!
Howver, on an icy December morning when I slipped on some ice in my garden and fell on my bump I thought I better get checked out by the midwife...
it was probably the best fall i ever have had, as the non routine check up showed by blood pressure was 160/110 and my urine contained 3+++ protein...I was sent straight to Bath hospital for blood tests and was admitted for observation straight away. At this point I was feeling well in myself and the only slight symptoms was a bit of swelling in my feet and ankles.
However, over the next few days my health begain to deteriorate, my blood pressure continued to rise despite drugs, I began to puff up like a balloon and I had some awful pains in my upper abdomen. As well as this my blood results showed my liver and kidney function was all over the place. I was given steroids for my babys lungs and the consultant told me I would be delivered early, although they would try and hold out as long as possible as at this stage scans showed the babys growth remained normal.
4 days after admission to hospital, at 1am my blood pressure rose to 200/120 and my babys heartrate began to drop the doctors made the decision to perform a emergency csection. I was 29+1/40 pregnant. I begged to be kept awake for the operation despite the anaesthetist not being keen and I really begged for them to wait 30 minutes for my husband to arrive from home.
At 0126am on December 17th 2008, awake and with my husband present our baby girl Olivia Mollie was born!!
She weighed just 2lb 30z.
I am so grateful that our beautiful girl did so well in NICU, spending just 45 days in the RUH Bath in total, before coming home. She has no health problems that we are yet aware of, and now at 12 weeks old (1week adjusted) she weighs 6 lb 7.5oz and continues to thrive.
Pre eclampsia is a evil disease, but my story shows wonderful thinigs can come out of horrible situation and I hope this gives hope to thise going through what I had to...