Nico’s Story

Pregnant with my third boy, I’d been aware of pre-eclampsia and reduced movements after having both my first two sons. I also had GBS for the second time and with a anterior placenta I felt less movements.

On 28th March I went to hospital for monitoring as I hadn’t felt baby move much and I just ‘felt off’, the baby was fine but the doctors kept me in as I had slight swelling and contraction pains. My bloods came back as being low and so I was kept overnight and given steroids as a precaution due to my regular contractions (although they weren’t doing anything).

By Sunday afternoon I had a bad headache and started feeling very strange, and by 10pm Sunday evening I couldn’t see and had to cover my eyes to ease the pain. The doctors transferred me to a labour ward where they told me I was being treated for severe pre-eclampsia after I had some small seizures, but my blood pressure was fine. I was given Magnesium Sulphate and the next morning at 33+4 I was induced to give birth.

“The doctors transferred me to a labour ward where they told me I was being treated for severe pre-eclampsia after I had some small seizures”

Throughout the whole induction my bloods got worse and I was linked up to many drugs and IVs, my veins gave in and I wouldn’t dilate. Tuesday morning I had my waters broken and eventually needed Pitocin to start contracting. My body began to reject the Magnesium and so I was taken off all the drugs to see what would happen. My bloods crept up a bit and I began labour. It was a fast labour once it got going and my baby boy was born 31.3.15 11:53pm weighing 4lb4oz at 33+5 weeks. I had a quick cuddle and he was taken to SCBU.

I recovered slowly as I couldn’t remember much at all, we named our boy Nico and he was in SCBU for 2 weeks, he fought a minor sepsis infection, but grew strong everyday, gained weight well and came off his tubes quickly.

We started breastfeeding at 5 days old and to my surprise he took to it well. He came home at 15 days old and since then has come on so well.

Story submitted by Cheryl Byrne

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