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So we had a bit of a scare today regarding the baby. Liz went into the doctor for her regular check-up, and they check basic things like weight, blood pressure, etc. Apparently the doctor found that she had an unusual weight spike as well as high blood pressure, and basically made her go to the hospital immediately. Basically these things are the early signs of preeclampsia. Basically it's a disorder that about 5% of women experience which can be dangerous and potentially fatal to both mom and baby. It can be treated with medicine, but the only way to make it go away for sure is to deliver the baby.

Cue me freaking out. I'm about as ready as I can be for parenthood, but I didn't want Liz to have to deliver the baby early and potentially find herself and the baby with even more complications, but from the sounds of it that's the best solution. From what I read they won't actually induce until 37 weeks, and Liz is right now at 34.

So I went home, paced and wigged, and her mom called because she was going to come pick me up. My first thought was that we probably wouldn't need to go, because as soon as we got there we'd hear from Liz that everything was fine and we could all go home. Liz's mom convinced me otherwise, and off we went to the hospital.

Sure enough, as we were looking for a parking spot, Liz called and said, basically, "Okay, they're releasing me because everything's fine." The doctors couldn't find anything unusual, and they did a urine sample and didn't find any excess proteins (which is another sign of preeclampsia). Basically it was just a fluke that she had both high blood pressure and a weight spike (she said that one of the doctors mentioned it could be because her legs are swollen) at the same time. She's at the point in the pregnancy now that she'll be going in once a week to the doctor anyway, so they'll be able to monitor her and make sure she doesn't go wrong.

To summarize, everything's okay, but man that was nerve-wracking.

Date: 2010-03-18 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boombashpow.livejournal.com
ALAN PARSONS!!!

Date: 2010-03-18 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capnflynn.livejournal.com
Eeek! Thank goodness everyone's okay! o___O

Date: 2010-03-18 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misspadfoot.livejournal.com
I'm glad to hear that it worked out for now. Does this mean Liz Jr. will be here in the next three weeks? Or have they decided that isn't an issue anymore?

Date: 2010-03-18 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leujin.livejournal.com
As I understand it, it's not an issue for now, but it's still a potential problem. It gets more and more likely the more pregnant you are. They said, for now, no preeclampsia, so the due date is still April 29th.

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