• Kristina Mulligan

What to Expect When It's Unexpected

Did you know that over 80% of preterm births are unexpected? Flynn’s certainly was a shock to us. I had no idea that this would be the last bump photo I would take.

My entire pregnancy, I was very healthy with no issues aside from the usual pregnancy symptoms - lack of energy, morning sickness, cravings, etc. I was happy and very much enjoying finally being pregnant after wishing it would happen for so long. The only concern my doctor had at my 27 week doctor’s appointment, at which I had the glucose test, was that I had lost weight and was measuring a bit small for Flynn’s gestational age. We scheduled an ultrasound for the following week to check on his growth, I got my bloodwork done, peed in a cup, and I was on my way faster than I came.

Two days later, I was admitted to the hospital after my blood and urine panel showed levels that were so high that the lab thought it was an error. Upon retesting, the numbers climbed even higher. I should have been dead, but I wasn’t exhibiting any signs of preeclampsia, which hit my out of nowhere.

That Sunday, Flynn was born via emergency c-section just after we hit the 28 week mark, a very important viability milestone. Just like that, twelve weeks ahead of schedule, we were parents.

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