Melody's Story, 33 Weeks

Miracle Mum, Amber shares how pre-eclampsia caused uncontrollable blood pressure issues for her before and after the birth of baby Melody.

"I had a hard pregnancy losing around 25kg from morning sickness throughout the pregnancy.  However, I didn't have many other issues, until I got to 30 weeks and was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.

Blood pressure meds kept it under control for a few weeks and thankfully I was also given steroid shots at 30 weeks as well.

I ended up going back to hospital with intense pain which had grown increasingly unbearable throughout the week. I was admitted to hospital at 33 weeks exactly with uncontrolled blood pressure.

The doctors decided to give me an emergency C-section due to pre-eclampsia and low platelets. At 33+1 weeks Melody was born and I was thankful for the steroid shots which helped her. She weighed just 1.7kg and was only 41cm.

She was whisked away to NICU at the same time I was rushed to the ICU for monitoring. I didn't get to see her for 24hrs. I ended up being in hospital for a week with blood pressure issues.

She was in NICU for four weeks and finally came home able to bottle-feed. At nine weeks old (2 weeks corrected) she is now the weight of a small newborn (3.3kg). She's our little fighter and has always been so strong."

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