It just occurred to me that there's a disturbing pattern starting to form in my family.
When my little sister was pregnant last year, she had some pregnancy complications. She ended up delivering at 35 weeks due to preeclampsia. Happily, both she and baby were okay in the end. But at the same time that all this was going on, my mom was not doing well, and my dad had to go in and have a pacemaker inserted. Plus my brother & sister-in-law had a brand new baby. I ended up in Utah for a week or so to help out. We literally left the hospital in Salt Lake City with my father and drove to another hospital 3 hours away where my sister was being induced. My poor dad didn't even get to go home and rest for several hours.
So this time around, I'm pregnant and having some complications. My poor sister-in-law unexpectedly lost her mother (I can't even imagine how hard that's been to deal with). And my grandfather has been diagnosed with Stage 5 cancer. I didn't even know there WAS a stage 5 - I thought it only went to stage 4. So my family back in Utah has been dealing with all of this while we have been coping with the pregnancy issues.
So now the question is... does pregnancy cause health problems for other family members? Or is it the other way around? Either way, it's a bit of a disturbing pattern.