Married to: Greg
Kids: Ava, 2, Krissy, 4 months
When most people say they want to get fit to get healthy, it’s usually a load of baloney.
Let’s be honest. Everyone knows they should be more healthy.
But Jennie Rhees isn’t most people.
Jennie and her husband, Greg, had a fairly run-of-the-mill pregnancy with Ava, now 2, so they never expected anything out of the ordinary when Jennie became pregnant with Krissy.
About 37 weeks into the pregnancy, Jennie’s blood pressure shot through the roof and the doctors made the decision to take the baby out early.
“They decided they would rather take her out early and have both of us come out healthy.”
When the Rhees family walked out of the hospital, Jennie’s blood pressure was lowering to a normal level, and they thought the ordeal was over — but over the next few weeks, several trips in and out of the hospital proved they were wrong.
Jennie’s blood pressure once spiked so high, the doctors feared she might have a stroke, she said.
“I was a mess because I had a newborn and a toddler at home,” she said. “I think my husband was more concerned than anything that I was going to have a stroke and have me be a vegetable and have these two girls to have care of.”
Once the doctors stabilized her blood pressure, Jennie was put on lots of medicines and eventually weaned off.
“One thing that really stuck with me was when I went back for one of my checkups, the doctor said a lot of times when you have problems like that during pregnancy, it can be a precursor to future problems,” she said.
Jennie realized exercise and nutrition would have to be a part of her life indefinitely.