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Old 06-09-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question Questions about pregnancy and myself.

Ok, I was born pre-mature. I only weighed 2 pounds and 5 ounces. Apparently when my mom was having me, she was sick with something called toximia. I guess her blood pressure got high. And maybe thats why I was pre-mature. I was 10 weeks early. But I'm wondering could the same thing happen to me? I want a healthy baby. I'm not pregnant now, but I'm reading a book on pregnancy and birth. Since I was clueless and curious cause one day I will want a baby. Anyway, the book is interesting. Lots of things in there that I would have never thought. I'm just now starting to read about the woman's changing body. Since I myself was born how I was, I'm wondering if I get pregnant, if and how my body will cope with the changes. Once, I heard my mom tell me that I might have to get a cesarean cause she doesn't know if I'll be able to handle the pain. I know there's lots of changes women go through durring pregnancy. Or is there not alot? I just want to know that I'll be ok like most women and that I'll have a healthy baby. Is this something I should talk to my doctor about or wait till I'm ready for a baby?

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Old 06-09-2008, 07:08 PM   #2
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Re: Questions about pregnancy and myself.

Toxemia is a pregnancy complication involving very high blood pressure. Sometimes it's mild. Sometimes, however, it's bad, and sometimes the only thing the doctor can do is deliver the baby early. That's probably what happened to you. (In fact, born that small, at least one or two decades ago, you're lucky to be alive at all. Congratulations, you're a real survivor.)

Might you also develop toxemia if you became pregnant? Maybe, maybe not. It happens to about 7 pregnant women out of 1,000. A family history of it does raise your risk slightly, however, there are things you can do to minimize it. Being at a healthy weight before you get pregnant is important, as is eating healthy during the pregnancy. If your blood pressure does start to become an issue, your doctor can pick up on the early warning signs, and help you carry the baby as long as possible. Sometimes blood pressure medications help, sometimes bed rest is required.

I do not think that you being born prematurely increases your risk for any other pregnancy related problems.

I wouldn't worry about the pain. If you lived through weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit, you can probably get through a few hours of labor. Besides, they have these nifty epidurals these days that block out most of the pain.

Old 06-10-2008, 01:59 PM   #3
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Re: Questions about pregnancy and myself.

Oh ok. Thanks. I'm reading a book and am reading a page that talks about foods. Healthy eating and stuff. It talks about smoking and stuff also. I know my mom wasn't smoking when she was having me cause she'd still be doing it. My sister is 19 and she was born ok. She weighed 5 pounds. She's bigger than me and well everyone thinks she's older. Anyway I'm wondering if my mom wasn't eating properly when she was pregnant with me. Or if she got hit on the stomach or something. I know pre-mature babies aren't an everyday thing. I'm the only one in my family who was. None of my cousins were. So I think there's a reason, something caused it to happen. People even say eating unhealthily, smoking and stuff can cause it so ya...I don't want it to happen to me. And the book says a healthy you, a healthy baby. And ya, I'm wondering since I was born that small, if I can handle being pregnant myself. If my body'll change and how much. Well I guess no one here would know that, but ya.

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