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I was born at 26 weeks gestation, 2 weeks before the 3rd trimester because my Mum had preeclampsia. My birthweight was 2 lbs 3 oz. Many years around my birthday my Mum and I visited the NICU where I was born to bring an updated picture of me for the board. We hoped the picture brought hope to other parents who had tiny babies.
I researched on the preeclampsia.org website when I got pregnant because I did not want to go through what my Mum endured. I believe that knowing to take my blood pressure when I saw swelling around my eye and got a horrible headache could have saved my life or at least prevented a seizure or stroke. My first baby stayed in 4 more days while I was monitored in (then) Florida Hospital - Orlando. She was born 29 weeks 4 days and spent 40 days in the NICU. She was born 2 lbs 7 oz. Next pregnancy, I had learned that no exercise, stress or food intake would cause or effect preeclampsia. I enjoyed giving into all my pregnancy cravings! I had that baby at 34 weeks and he was born 4 lbs 5.7 oz. Both were underweight due to the preeclampsia.