by Kari Adams, HRH Mom and Volunteer
Having another baby after a high risk pregnancy is a scary proposition. I outlined our feelings and all that went into our decision several months ago on a blog for High Risk Hope. I’m happy to report that Henry James Adams was born on January 2, 2019 after a complication-free pregnancy. Three months in and I still find it hard to believe that I had a fairly uneventful pregnancy . We had no bi-weekly doctors appointments, no bed rest, no long-term hospital stay. I made it to my scheduled c-section at 39 weeks and welcomed a healthy baby boy. He arrived at a perfectly average weight of 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
I kept waiting for “the other shoe to drop” as the saying goes. For something to go wrong. For my blood pressure to spike. It never did.
Hope had a different meaning for us this second pregnancy. During my first pregnancy, hope came among the complications of an unexpected high risk pregnancy. We had hope that our baby boy would be born healthy, I wouldn’t get any sicker, and that he would thrive despite his time in the NICU. This time we had hope that I would have a complication-free pregnancy and delivery and that our son wouldn’t have to be in the NICU.
I’m proud of myself, our boys, and our families for getting us through both completely different experiences. We have two of the sweetest boys to show for it. Our new family of four is proof that there is HOPE after a high risk pregnancy.
High Risk Hope was there for us throughout both pregnancies – luckily they only had to cheer us on the second time around. Five years after I was first introduced to High Risk Hope while I was on hospital bed rest, we actively volunteer as a family to give back to this important cause. I have served on the Give Day committee for multiple years, we attend and fundraise for the Tot Trot, and we’ve loved being a part of Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving at the Oldsmar location for three years in a row. We are so lucky to have an organization to support us and families like us.
To learn more about Kari’s story read her blog on Expecting a Second Child after a High Risk Pregnancy