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XP from 9-12: One Year Ago today (a pregnancy-after pre-e and HELLP success story)

***Note:  I was a frequent poster on this board a year ago.  At 30 weeks pregnant with Elijah, I developed PIH and spent 10 weeks on modified bed rest and blood pressure meds.  I never did develop pre-e or HELLP, however.  Just wanted anyone who might be pregnant with #2 after pre-e or HELLP or contemplating a pregnancy after those complications to know--it is possible to be relatively complication-free the second time around!!!!***

A year ago today, My DH and I welcomed Elijah into this world. 

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8 months prior to that, we received the shock of our lives when I found out I was pregnant.  I was only a year removed from the severe pre-e and HELLP Syndrome that nearly took my life, but it was all too fresh in my mind.  Liver/kidney failure, massive blood loss, and NICU stays were etched into my brain.  I couldn't fathom how I'd be able to carry a pregnancy to term and survive another episode like that.  DH and I agonized for 3 weeks, telling no one we were pregnant, before meeting with a specialist who told us our pregnancy was a "go."  I was high-risk, however, but we'd work hard to keep from having the same complications. 

That day, I came home from our specialist's appointment and wrote Samuel a letter.  I gave it to my best friend to keep for him "just in case."  I wanted Sam to know how much I loved him, and that the love I had experienced as his mother gave me the strength I needed to bring his brother/sister into the world.  I spent the next 7 months praying.  

And then, a year ago today, Elijah arrived--and I experienced a wave of emotion that I'd never felt before.  He was okay, I was okay, everything was as I had pictured.  I sobbed tears of joy and relief on the operating table as I heard his first cry.  And I held my near-12 pound newborn immediately, something I didn't get to do with Samuel.  And we cried together.

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Happy First Birthday, Elijah.  You are SO loved.  

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Samuel Gregory-born 2/28/08 at 35w,5d due to severe pre-e and HELLP. 6lbs, 12 oz, 19 inches. Elijah Robert-born 11/23/09 at 38w,5d. 11 pounds, 10 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lilypie Angel and Memorial tickers <a href="http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/carlyn_mcclelland/Facebook/Cover Photos/?action=view

Re: XP from 9-12: One Year Ago today (a pregnancy-after pre-e and HELLP success story)

  • Thank you! Stories like this are what help me to get through each day hopeful that I will have my take home baby this time :)
    Mom to my angel Mia born 04/18/2003 @ 25 4/7 weeks due to severe eclampsia and HELLP. Now enjoying getting to be a mom my miracle little boy Tripp who was born 03/21/11 and was full term! Baby #3 due 10/13/13!
  • Your post gave me the chills when I read it.

    I am so happy for you.You give hope to pre-er's that they can go on and have other pregnancies with less severity.

    You are always such a great support on this board. Thank you for always answering my pre-e post. I sent you a PM a couple weeks back. DH and I went to an MFM just last week to talk about TTC #2.

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  • imagevaleriethedwarf:
    Thank you! Stories like this are what help me to get through each day hopeful that I will have my take home baby this time :)

    God bless you.  And your post made me tear up more than I've teared up today for Eli's birthday.  You reminded me of why I post here.  You'll be in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy.  

    Samuel Gregory-born 2/28/08 at 35w,5d due to severe pre-e and HELLP. 6lbs, 12 oz, 19 inches. Elijah Robert-born 11/23/09 at 38w,5d. 11 pounds, 10 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lilypie Angel and Memorial tickers <a href="http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/carlyn_mcclelland/Facebook/Cover Photos/?action=view
  • Happy birthday, sweet Elijah!!! I cannot believe he is 1 year old already! How did time go by so quickly?

    Your story always gives me that hope I need. Thank you so much.

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    Your post gave me the chills when I read it.

    I am so happy for you.You give hope to pre-er's that they can go on and have other pregnancies with less severity.

    You are always such a great support on this board. Thank you for always answering my pre-e post. I sent you a PM a couple weeks back. DH and I went to an MFM just last week to talk about TTC #2.

    And I was thinking of YOU when I came and XPed this to this board. Wanted to give you a face and some pictures to put with that success story I've told you several times. It can be done, lady! See that 12 pound chunker? He was a full-term as they come....LOL! And you'll have to send me a PM and tell me how the MFM appointment went. I saw your post on here saying you were going.
    Samuel Gregory-born 2/28/08 at 35w,5d due to severe pre-e and HELLP. 6lbs, 12 oz, 19 inches. Elijah Robert-born 11/23/09 at 38w,5d. 11 pounds, 10 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lilypie Angel and Memorial tickers <a href="http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/carlyn_mcclelland/Facebook/Cover Photos/?action=view
  • imageMSUMamaof2:
    imagebride711:

    Your post gave me the chills when I read it.

    I am so happy for you.You give hope to pre-er's that they can go on and have other pregnancies with less severity.

    You are always such a great support on this board. Thank you for always answering my pre-e post. I sent you a PM a couple weeks back. DH and I went to an MFM just last week to talk about TTC #2.

    And I was thinking of YOU when I came and XPed this to this board. Wanted to give you a face and some pictures to put with that success story I've told you several times. It can be done, lady! See that 12 pound chunker? He was a full-term as they come....LOL! And you'll have to send me a PM and tell me how the MFM appointment went. I saw your post on here saying you were going.

    I just sent you a PM. You give me hope that I can do it too!! Let me know what you think of the PM. I wanted to get your thoughts on things!

    Thanks:)

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  • imagebride711:
    imageMSUMamaof2:
    imagebride711:

    Your post gave me the chills when I read it.

    I am so happy for you.You give hope to pre-er's that they can go on and have other pregnancies with less severity.

    You are always such a great support on this board. Thank you for always answering my pre-e post. I sent you a PM a couple weeks back. DH and I went to an MFM just last week to talk about TTC #2.

    And I was thinking of YOU when I came and XPed this to this board. Wanted to give you a face and some pictures to put with that success story I've told you several times. It can be done, lady! See that 12 pound chunker? He was a full-term as they come....LOL! And you'll have to send me a PM and tell me how the MFM appointment went. I saw your post on here saying you were going.

    I just sent you a PM. You give me hope that I can do it too!! Let me know what you think of the PM. I wanted to get your thoughts on things!

    Thanks:)

    PM back to you!  

    Samuel Gregory-born 2/28/08 at 35w,5d due to severe pre-e and HELLP. 6lbs, 12 oz, 19 inches. Elijah Robert-born 11/23/09 at 38w,5d. 11 pounds, 10 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lilypie Angel and Memorial tickers <a href="http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/carlyn_mcclelland/Facebook/Cover Photos/?action=view
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