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March 23rd, 2011, 06:38 PM
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I went in for induction on 3/21 for my lupus and my blood pressure (I had gotten up to 140/90) but was not preeclamptic. . We got there at 6:30 and started Pitocin around 830. My doc came around then and he ruptured my membranes to get things going. My lab work came back and they were a little worried. My hemoglobin- previously 12 a month ago had dropped to 9.7. I had not been on any iron supplements because my hemoglobin started at 16 and I had been doing well for most of the pregnancy. We found my platelets had dropped to 130,000 (normal is above 150,000 at the low end) from my lupus being more active. Things progressed slowly. I let myself get up to 5 cm before I got the epidural. Baby was looking fine the entire time but I stared having issues with my blood pressure going below 80/50 even on my side and I kept getting dizzy so I was given some ephedrine to help me feel better. Around 4pm I was up to 8 cm but had developed a fever so I was given a dose of ampicillin. (I was GBS negative). At 5:45 I was starting to feel more pressure through the epidural and I was complete. My fever was higher so I got a one time dose of gentamycin before I started pushing. And she was born at 7:11 pm. I was surprised to feel that the amount of pressure at the end was pretty painful even though I was very numb every where else.

We did not know the sex of the baby and were pretty excited to find out it was a little girl. She had apgars of 8 and 9 and was 7 lbs 6 oz and 20 1/2 inches. She tolerated the whole labor exceedingly well despite my blood pressure issues!

We went up to mom and baby, fever went down, blood pressure came back up and my hemoglobin after delivery was still the same so I didn't need a transfusion yeah! And now we're home and need to go get some cutesy pink stuff!

Baby Lena:


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March 29th, 2011, 05:36 PM
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I'm so glad things went relatively smoothly and you and baby are healthy and at home. Congrats on having a little girl to join Team Pink Enjoy shopping for all the cute stuff!
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March 29th, 2011, 06:12 PM
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Aww...it sounds like things went quite smoothly! She's gorgeous and I LOVE her hair!
Abigail-Mama to Landon, Layla and Micaiah

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