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Last time I posted here, I was edging towards a little bit of preeclampsia (if such a term as "little bit" applies to a pregnancy complication) and feeling not-so-comfortable as the months went by, but I did feel confident that I'd be okay for the duration and I'd see my baby born at the end of April. Easy-peasy, right? Whoops. Someone should have told my body to behave. Baby is on April 15th, instead of her scheduled date of April 29 (and well before her actual due date of May 6th), thanks to the pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. So I'm currently writing this post from the hospital room, where I've been hanging out for the last three weeks. (Let me tell you, "bed rest" is anything but. I'm constantly woken up in the middle of the night by doctors and nurses who need vital signs, blood pressure results, etc, and then that whole "Oh, bladder!" moment when the baby is sitting on my bladder and wakes me up.) And baby girl is coming fir...
I feel like I’m in a no-win situation. I talked last time about pregnancy and the dangers of my blood thinning medication, Coumadin, on a newborn baby. The fact is, I’m also worried about the effect pregnancy could have on me.
My doctor said I had abnormally thick blood. That coupled with the birth control pills I was taking, caused the blood clot behind my left ear, resulting in my stroke . I obviously cannot take birth pills anymore, so I wonder why would I risk my health and become pregnant. I mean birth control pills basically trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant.
The risk of stroke is actually lower while on the pill than being pregnant. In fact, there is a very slight risk of developing blood clots in the legs, but much less than the risk during pregnancy. Among women who do not take the pill, 5 per 100,000 women per year develop blood clots. Among women who do take the pill, the risk slightly increases to 15-20 per 100,000 women per year. For women who are pregna...
We all know, I'm sure, the effects of sleep deprivation, the damage a lack of sleep can do to the body, both mental and physical.
When it comes to sleep deprivation, parents, and in particular, mothers, are high on the list. Babies sleep - well, like babies. The problem is, babies and toddlers may not be on the same sleep schedule as adults.
But the sleep deprivation begins months before baby comes into the world. During the first trimester of pregnancy, several factors can disturb your sleep. Even though baby (and you) are still small, it's sometimes difficult to find the right position for a comfortable sleep. Your breasts feel full and tender and - well - you can't decide just what to do with them!
Stomach upsets are also frequent sleep disturbers. Heartburn and gas, the occasional wave of nausea - or is it hunger? These can also keep you awake. One of the worst offenders is the constant need to run to the bathroom. Eventually all these things can lead to a fee...
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