In November 2019, I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I was labeled as a high-risk pregnancy due to being diagnosed with chronic Crohn’s-Colitis, an anti-inflammatory disease that is incurable, but manageable. My pregnancy this time around was perfect: I had no sickness, no horrid weight loss, and no issues with anything like my first pregnancy. However, on May 12, 2020, I went to my physician’s office in St. Joseph, Missouri, for my weekly routine check. I was 29 weeks and 2 days, and I was scheduled for a non-stress test and a growth scan. But, sadly, I did not even make it through the non-stress test without complications. 

My doctor was overly concerned about decreased fetal movement, and she sent me to Labor & Delivery where they immediately hooked me up to monitors. I had never had issues with elevated blood pressures or swelling, but the L&D doctors told me my blood pressure was elevated at 145/94.  I told them it was probably because I was anxious from all the movement going on around me. They proceeded to get bloodwork, urine samples, and scans, all while I waited for my husband to get off work and be there with me. I had blood pressure checks every 10 minutes, and they were not reassuring. After almost two hours, I was admitted and my husband finally was at my side. I was told I was being admitted because of numerous high blood pressure readings, lack of fetal movement, and blood/urine labs results. I then got a central IV line placed.

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