Life after Pre-eclampsia: How My Second Pregnancy Differed From My First

The 21st of July was my due date and the day has come and gone. Instead of going in on my scheduled induction date, I’ve spent these past days with my new two week old daughter and navigating life with a newborn and almost 3 year old. I may not have had any pre-eclampsia symptoms like I did the first time around but I still delivered 2 weeks early. It may seem surprising, and believe me no one was more surprised than me when I woke up one morning to use the bathroom and my water broke, but it ended up being a much less stressful situation this time around and even though she was early, she was full term and already 8lbs!

Going back to my water breaking, everything about this second delivery was different from the first. From my new doctor and my trust in her, to the attending doctor and staff once I got to the hospital, everything was completely different than when I had my son just 3 short years ago. That being said, I was lucky enough to have people around me telling me to put aside all the anxiety and all the preconceived notions from the first delivery and focus on this delivery. And that’s what I would tell anyone today who is having fears and doubts about having more children after a rough first time.

Every. Pregnancy. Is. Different.

I heard it before but until you experience it, you won’t believe it. I had faith. And I hoped and I prayed that this time would be different and it was. I didn’t have pneumonia. I didn’t have preeclampsia. My newborn didn’t have jaundice where I had to go back to the hospital once we were discharged. I did have some ankle and feet swelling but after 2 weeks I’m back to feeling and looking like myself again instead of months later still feeling sick and while trying to take care of a newborn. I couldn’t ask for a better situation this time around. Believe me, I had doubts. I googled all kinds of things: “second pregnancies after preeclampsia”, “will I have preeclampsia a second time if I’ve had it once”, “what to expect after having preeclampsia”. Too much googling can make you crazy. Trust in your body. Trust yourself and make sure you surround yourself with people you trust as well.

My little Zoe ❤️

After all my nervousness not only surrounding my health but whether I could deliver vaginally or if I was going to have a c-section, I delivered my healthy 8lb girl naturally and she is perfect.

Now comes the easy part…raising two kids under the age of 3! 😉

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