CJ's Mystery Illness's solved

#1: Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. If severe and/or inadequately treated, it is typically associated with: * loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy body weight (usually over 10%) * dehydration and production of ketones * nutritional deficiencies * metabolic imbalances * difficulty with daily activities

#2: Chorioamnionitis is an infection of the membranes (placental tissues) and amniotic fluid. It occurs in about 1 to 2 percent of all pregnancies, but is much more common in preterm births. Chorioamnionitis can cause bacteremia (blood infection) in the mother and may lead to preterm birth and serious infection in the newborn baby. Other terms for chorioamnionitis include intra-amniotic infection and amnionitis. The organisms usually responsible for chorioamnionitis are those that are normally present in the vagina, including Escherichia coli (E. coli). Group B streptococcus may also cause the infection. Chorioamnionitis can develop when the membranes (amniotic sac) are ruptured (broken) for an extended period. This allows the vaginal organisms to move upward into the uterus. The following are the most common symptoms of chorioamnionitis. However, each woman may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: * fever * increased heart rate in mother and fetus * tender or painful uterus * a foul odor of the amniotic fluid

#3: Preeclampsia is a complex disorder that affects 3 to 8 percent of pregnant women. A woman is diagnosed with preeclampsia if she has high blood pressure and protein in her urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (It’s possible to have preeclampsia before 20 weeks, but only in rare cases, such as with a molar pregnancy.) Preeclampsia most commonly shows up after 37 weeks, but it can develop at any time during the second half of pregnancy, including during labor or even after delivery — usually within the first 48 hours. Preeclampsia can range from mild to severe, and it can progress slowly or rapidly. The only way to get better is to deliver the baby.

All of these match verbatim every symptom CJ reported over the duration of her pregnancy. She is still on BP meds for the pre-eclampsia.

I still feel horrible at how mis-informed I was when she called crying that she was literally starving and sick at the same time…..

Mommy and Little One definitely are walking the Red Road.

Hinááh bee atiingóó éí naashá
On the Trail of Life, I walk in beauty
Nizhóní naashá
In Harmony I exist, I walk in beauty

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manyhorsesmane
    Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:08:48

    I had HG for the first four months solid and am still sick a lot, although not as badly now. That description of it is pretty accurate. I was lucky enough to get into the hospital before getting too dehydrated and get treatment and medication for it, but the starving/sick thing is very familiar to me. I was always so thankful for every bite of food I could take in and was so frustrated when nothing would stay down. It’s scary!

    I’m so glad that Rhonda was born safely and that her mommy has gotten to hold her and they’re both going to be OK!

    Posted February 28th, 2009 at 03:22 AM by GlebeGirl

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  2. manyhorsesmane
    Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:09:14

    Woo…I had the first one with both pregnancies. I can’t imagine having all three. And you are an awesome mom…you gave your daughter as much comfort as you could via phone and if memory serves, you did tell her to see her doc, yes?

    Posted February 28th, 2009 at 06:47 AM by AutumnLeaves

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  3. manyhorsesmane
    Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:09:47

    the good thing is both mom and baby are recovering nicely

    Posted February 28th, 2009 at 09:42 AM by khyricat

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