Maybe it’s not my story to tell…

…but I’m telling it anyway (with BethAnn’s permission).

Pregnancy and delivery are always an adventure. But the adventure of BethAnn’s delivery was more than she and her husband T.J. bargained for.  Twelve hours after delivering their beautiful baby boy, BethAnn had heart failure, pulmonary edema, and respiratory failure: a potentially deadly combination known as Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM).

PPCM is a rare type of heart failure brought on by pregnancy. It is thought to affect one in every 4000 pregnant women. Women with PPCM may have heart failure during pregnancy, right after delivery, or up to five months after delivery.  The symptoms can be rather vague and it is often misdiagnosed. There are very few warning signs. There’ nothing you can do to prevent it.

BethAnn’s pregnancy included all the typical side effects: nausea, fatigue, swelling, weight gain. She was very uncomfortable, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

5 months pregnant
5 months pregnant
38 weeks pregnant

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