question of the day: who had a success after PE?

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby dohertyab » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:42 am

Hello. I had HELLP with the twins (29 weekers, 2lb 2oz and 2lb4oz) and then had a 36 weeker (6lb2oz!!) (delivered early due to other placental problems. My last baby didn't need any NICU time and came out all fat and screaming. I was followed closely through a high risk team during the second pregnancy and to quote the dr "many women may have similar placenta's to yours and go on for another few weeks but since we don't check them we don't know about them and since we're checking you we'd rather stay on the cautious end and induce early."

All kids are healthy and going strong.


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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby amcyates » Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:45 am

Wasn't my first, but two years ago I lost my 3rd baby at 31 weeks due to what they think was PE (actually, just PIH, since I had no protein). I just had a baby boy Sept. 20th with no signs of PE or PIH, other than the week that I was 31 weeks, when my BP went up a bit (I think this was just an stress issue). He was 2 1/2 weeks early, 8 lbs and perfect. My BP did stay up around 140/90 the day after he was born, but it went down as soon as I left the hospital (again, I believe a stress issue).

I'll never forget the feeling of that pink, wriggling, screaming baby lying on my belly right after his birth. What a healing experience.


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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby blythe » Sat Oct 21, 2006 08:07 pm

I'm not sure if I belong in this thread or tomorrow's [:)]

I had PE with my first pregnancy, induced at 37 weeks (I'm looking at my labs again, and my liver enzymes were doubling and tripling after delivery. I may have been one of these horrible HELLP stories if my doctor hadn't induced when she did.). At the time I was terrified the entire week before my induction because my doctor acted like she was inducing for her convenience, and also because my baby was measuring small. I thought that meant baby needed to stay inside! I thought my symptoms weren't dangerous until I reached diagnostic levels. I wanted a natural childbirth and was convinced all the interventions my doctor put in place were dangerous to me and my baby. OKAY, I was wrong [:D]. The problem was, she didn't explain anything because she didn't want me to "worry".

My next successful pregnancy (after three more miscarriages) was completely different from my first. I followed the protein diet, had more exposure to my husband's genetic material, took Vitamin C and E and magnesium citrate and calcium and Omega-3s and Omega-6s, exercised, a few more things I can't even think of off the top of my head...If it had anyone saying it could prevent PE I probably did it [:)].

I nearly had gestational diabetes but instead the 3-hour showed hypoglycemia (my 1-hour with my first baby was 82, my 3-hour with second baby was 138, 98, and 47). I was measuring large (measured small with first baby). I gained 35 pounds, with my first gained 24. I found a new doctor who I quizzed for HOURS on having a natural childbirth, but also on how to have a healthy mom and baby with PE, regardless of the interventions necessary, and got her to tell me in detail what those interventions might be and why...

Basically, my second pregnancy was soooooo different from my first. Even so, I still had anxiety attacks every time I went to the doctor's office until I was about 34 weeks. Since I was doing so much to be healthier and hopefully prevent PE, and since my pregnancy was going so differently, I started to believe I would get to go into labor naturally and have to actually debate how soon to go to the hospital.

No such luck. At 35 weeks my BP made a little leap upward, but I'd been watching so close I knew what it was. We induced at 36 1/2 weeks as soon as my BP reached diagnostic levels and my urine had shown trace protein the day before (though not the day my BP was diagnostic). My doctor used cytotec to get me into a normal contraction pattern, broke my water to help me dilate. She held the mag in reserve unless the labs, reflexes, vision, URQpain, or BP got scary - everything good except two readings: 163/92, one 141/97 (but I was talking during the readings, so I was quiet and got lower readings - the rest of the BPs stayed low enough to hold off on mag, but high enough to feel good about inducing). I wanted the mag if I needed it, but trusted my doctor to balance my hopes for a natural childbirth and keep me and baby safe at the same time.

Baby #2 was born with no interventions other than the cytotec and AROM, they let me walk around in labor, no mag, and he was 6 pounds, 14 ounces (!!! - my first was 3 days older, gestationally, but 5 pounds 8 ounces!), I got to hold him right away and he didn't have to go to the NICU. I got to breastfeed right away and he took to it easily.

I think I got the best experience I could have possibly had. I practically got a "do-over" on my first birth [:D]. I still got PE (well, PIH with protein on the way), and I still got my natural childbirth. My heart breaks for everyone here that may never get this lucky - for whom an eventually healthy child and mom are miracles. I know how amazingly lucky I have been with this disease. My second son's name is "Chance". [:)]

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby brittani » Sat Oct 21, 2006 05:03 pm

I had pe the first and second time with the second out come far worse. On my third pregnancy I had a totally pe free pregnancy. I finally found a dr. I was comfortable with and I was treated for chronic hypertension before I even got pregnant. I took Calcium, Aldomet and prenatal vitamins while ttc. I was watch very closely and sae a peri frim about week 16. One thing I can say definately changed was that I decreased my stress level also was on Lexapro for anxiety. I started it when I lost my 2nd son and kept taking it thru out the 3rd pregnancy. I hope this is some encouragement! I feel that overall knowledge and staying in close touch with my doctors were key.

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby music_4_grace » Sat Oct 21, 2006 04:03 pm

You have no idea what an encouragement all these posts have been for me! I am waiting to see if I am pregnant (I've been experiencing pregnancy symptoms and will not be "late" for another 2 days), and I had PE with Baby #2, was put on the mag sulfate after he was born, 200/100 BP readings, protein in urine, major bodily swelling. To this day, my Mother says she thought I was going to die and having another baby would probably put me in the grave. I haven't broke the "news" to her yet because I'm waiting to find out if I'm REALLY pregnant. But now I know that when she starts preaching a sermon at me, lol, I can share some good news with her! Also, I was working a VERY stressful full-time job and ate EVERYTHING in sight (lots of fast food and whatever junk I could get my hands on), and went into that pregnancy overweight. This time I am right at my pre-pregnancy weight before baby #1, and I'm a stay-at-home Mom, so I have a feeling this pregnancy might go better. I am also going to use a different doctor, because my previous doctor just sort of brushed things off as nothing, yet other doctors that were on call while I was in the hospital having baby #2 were freaking out about my condition!! Just keep us in your prayers!!!

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby dorio22 » Sun Feb 13, 2005 01:22 pm

Did any of you on the babies that were born with no PE problems. Did you ever have any protein show up in your urine?? I am 16 weeks pg and have +1 in my urine. The doctor said that I can plan on it again since the protein has already showed up. I didn't show symptoms until 32 weeks with the other baby. The waiting and not knowing is killing me!!!!!

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby timelessbeauty » Tue Oct 19, 2004 11:11 am

I had Pre-e the first time with my daughter in 1994. I was 33 weeks along when I was thrown in the hospital after a dr visit where I registered a 177/110 BP. My bp calmed down with bedrest and they released me to go home on bedrest with a home healthcare nurse visiting daily. I staved off Pre-e for another 4 weeks until I was induced at 37 weeks with a healthy baby girl. My then husband died two years later and I told my new husband I had a chance of having it again according to the doctors, 50/50, but I put most of the blame on my late husband after hearing reports that the male sperm has something to do with Pre-e. I figured, my late husband was sickly, it wouldn't happen again. I was so wrong. I am remarried to a healthy man and I got Pre-e again with our son at 23 weeks. (earlier and harder than before) I held on for dear life for 7 days and unfortunately my son wasn't as strong as I was to handle it. He died at 24 wks gestation (the day after my oldest daughter's 8th birthday) and I delivered him the following morning. I had the mag sulfate and had labs drawn to say my Liver enzymes were up. My regular OB said I was lucky to walk out of the hospital after that and not be on a donor list for a kidney. She also said that if I were to try and have another baby it would most likely kill me. But I had to think, there was a chance. I hadn't tried all the new things they can do to stave Pre-e off for as long as possible seeing they all thought I wouldn't get it again with Ben (my son). I went to see the specialist, I did heparin shots twice a day, Vit C, Vit E, Calcium, Prenatals, a baby aspirin and a BP med every day. I cried through it all expecting the worst and praying for the best. I am very happy to say I had a healthy baby girl in November 2003, 3.5 wks early. We are pregnant again and due May 17, 2005. Wish us luck again! :-)


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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby eleni » Mon Oct 18, 2004 11:19 pm

Me, sort of. Horrific, tragic first pregnancy, ending in death for my baby girl. Second time, got PE, but lasted longer, better managed; 2-week NICU baby is a thriving, loving 5 year old boy. Third time, no PE, made it to term, terribly boring pregnancy. Large 8 pound linebacker is almost 3 years old now. The point is... there is hope! but there is always anxiety that goes with it.

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby heatherbbb » Mon Oct 18, 2004 06:23 am

Thank you ladies for sharing your success stories. I hope to add mine in about 3 months!

Heather (32)
Mother of Seth Russell, delivered 26 weeks due to PE/HELLP 9/3/03-2/13/04
Due with Joshua Allen -scheduled C-section @ 39 weeks (about Jan 20, 2005)

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Re : question of the day: who had a success after PE?

Postby kdreher » Sun Oct 17, 2004 07:21 am

Thank you all for posting to this. I had severe pre-e and HELLP at 26 wks. I am now on the verge of TTC, after 9 1/2 years and with a new partner. It is my greatest hope that I will sail through a second pregnancy.

Kris (35)
DH, Tom (34)
My Angel Tyler 3-9-95 to 3-23-95 (26 wks severe pe/HELLP)
Hoping for a little miracle in 2005!

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