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Success Stories - Johanna C.

My first daughter was born in June of 1999. I have been diabetic since 1994. She was not a planned pregancy. I was scared being pregnant and having diabetes because I knew there were a lot of complications that could be involved with being diabetic.

Most of my pregnancy was pretty normal until around the last month or so. My sugar levels which had been pretty well maintained throughout had started going way out of control. At times they were really high and maybe an hour later they would go really low.

When I was about 36 weeks gestation I started to develop pre-eclampsia and my doctor did an amnniocentsis to see if the baby's lungs were developed enough to deliver her. I was in the hospital a week waiting for the results. We finally got the results back and they decided to induce me that night. So at 37 weeks gestation my daughter was born. I did not have any drugs for the labor except the magnesium sulfate they put me on to lower my blood pressure.

A few hours after my daughter was born she stopped breathing and her heart rate dropped severely. They couldn't find any reason why that happened but they believe that it may have been due to the magnesium sulfate. My daughter is now a happy, active 4 1/2 year old and my second husband and I are pregnant with our first child.

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