I can say that Pre-Eclampsia is a subject I have lived. In fact I know a few members of my family suffered from it during their pregnancies too, although back in the day it was known as Toxemia. It would be great if the names of various ailments didn’t stop changing so as to help figure out long term effects or just not confuse the situation.
So, the reason I thought about writing a note on it, is that I stumbled upon a page for Pre-eclampsia survivors whilst I was doing some research on the internet and had never thought about ‘surviving’ the condition. Yes, I had an eclamptic fit during labour and yes, our son was in NICU (NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit). However, I didn’t realise how traumatic the whole experience was until we were pregnant with number 2 and under close monitoring by the consultant. My husband was answering various questions that I clearly couldn’t answer and it was during this conversation that it really hit home how serious things were.
I guess the part that I learnt the most out of it all, was that there really wasn’t anything I could do that was going to make it go away. I hadn’t done anything wrong during the early stages of pregnancy to cause the condition to appear and affect our baby’s growth. I also suppose I didn’t understand exactly what was happening and how critical things were as it was our first child. You don’t know what you don’t know…right?
So, stumbling across the surviving pre-eclampsia page and reading various stories and comments, it brings it all back (yes 6 years on!). Do I feel different about it now? I certainly do! Do I still feel guilty that I could have done more to not get it? No. I can say that I am still trying to find the answers to the long term health affects it will have on our son and I, but sadly there isn’t that kind of information available….yet.