This post was written by Pam, on Saturday the 10th of March but could only be published after being discharged from High Care.
I am sitting in my bed, in a High Care Ward at Sandton Mediclinic, two days before I go in for an induced labour to give birth to my second little princess.
I have been admitted into hospital four times in the last month for monitoring, tests and now I am in High Care on a drip to get Polygam into my system. I suffer from ITP during pregnancy, which is a condition that affects 10% of pregnant women. As a result of the condition, I generally have a lower blood platelet count than the average pregnant person.
Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage. Source: University of Rochester, Medical Center.
During my pregnancy my platelets get depleted faster than they should putting my pregnancy at high risk. The Polygam is meant to assist with the increase of my platelet count. A low count can result in my blood having clotting issues and possibly heavy blood loss during delivery. It also affects my ability to get an epidural. You can read more on ITP here.
If you know me, you would be well aware that I am generally a strong person. Mind over matter and I try not to let things affect me too much, but this last admission into hospital really defeated me. I just want to be healthy and I also feel ready for baby to come now. You don’t know how much of a miracle babies are until you fall pregnant and go through it.
Anyway, I am so blessed to have such a strong family and friend support structure. My daughter is spending the weekend with my sister who has a daughter my 3yo’s age. My mom flew in from Zambia and she is here for a week to meet her new grandchild. My mother in law joins us next week and I have so many other special people around me. The medical team helping me is also very clued up and hands on which puts me at ease.
I decided this morning that I can’t be miserable for the whole weekend here. I can’t launch into child birth and welcome my new baby in a mood. So, I am working on being positive. Hubby is going to bring me movies to watch and I am just going to prepare myself for the new chapter that is about to begin.
Have you had any complications during pregnancy? If you have and would like to share your story please do! Read this miraculous birth story that we featured by a mommy called Jonelle. When you bring a baby into this world, you really can believe in miracles.