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thaiba2000
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Re : I am new.

Postby thaiba2000 » Fri Nov 11, 638935 9:12 pm

Hi hon. I know how hard it is to be on bedrest away from family and friends especially your children BUT you are definatley in the right place. I had PE twice and after much debate with my heart and mind for 2 years ive decided to go for a third. With my third im am definately expecting to get PE again, hospital bedrest (like my other two) and for my baby to be born a little pre-mature. I went through all the monitoring and tests your going through and i defo think that they are looking after you properly- your in safe hands cos things can get serious really quickly. I too had no symptoms- i felt fab but i guess the inside of my body was doing something totally different.
Hang in there hon and yes this forum is a great place for support and advice. Keep us updated on how things go.

Take care

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Postby suzieq8204 » Fri Nov 11, 638935 3:05 pm

Okay, I think I am getting the NST's because on the days I do not have sonograms they put me on the machine to check if I am having contractions (which I am not) and check the baby's heart rate. It is suppose to be a 20 min test but never is. my little boy likes to see how quick he can jump of the monitors after they leave the room. lol but I never have to push a button saying I feel movement. they just ask if I feel the baby moving. :) Or if the baby has a verabal then they make me stay longer on the monitor to make sure he is okay. I have sonograms twice a week to make sure the blood flow and the fluid is fine around the baby, (so far so good). the afterbirth that is low if it does not move up it will cause me to have a c-section is what my dr told me. Which is fine because that is what I had in mind I was having anyways.

I am very thankful for all the monitoring they are doing I just miss my home. :) With two other kids coming over from there daddy's in a week or two and me not being able to be there really sucks. and is hard. I am an hour away from home and getting my daughter ready for school next year is hard from a hospital bed. I want a healthy baby but when I dont feel sick I dont know why they keep me. I would understand if I really felt sick but I feel fine. I dont feel like there is anything really wrong and that makes this hospital stay harder. But as far as the test they do daily or my once a week 24 hr urine test they do dont really bother me that much. However I did find out that my first test I took here was 398 and my last one was 427 and I am currently taking my third one and should find out those results tomorrow hopefully by noon! :)

I am so glad that I found this forum to talk with others that have been through this. and for all of your help. :) Thank you so much.

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Postby kellyo19 » Fri Nov 11, 638935 4:33 am

The afterbirth you talk about - I wonder if that's not the amniotic fluid where the baby is. If that's low then it might contribute to baby's stress levels, if any. NST stands for Non Stress Test, they put a monitor on you for contractions and another on the baby's heart over your belly, held in place with elastic band, and give you a button to push when you feel baby move. It checks baby's heart response to movements - and if baby isn't moving enough or the heart isn't reacting right, then baby may not pass the NST. The BPP is biophysical profile, using ultrasound, to check on baby's growth and levels of amniotic fluid. and if the placenta is low it may block the baby's exit for a regular delivery so then you'd have a c-section.

I'm a bit jealous of the care you're receiving! I had to fight with my OB to get the tests I needed - he didn't want to order the 24-hr urine tests - and sometimes I just showed up at the hospital labor & delivery because I felt so sick. But - I ended up with a healthy baby boy. My dr from my daughter's pregnancy in 2005 didn't order any tests at all and completely missed the PE diagnosis which led to her IUGR which is a contributing factor to her SPD... and I had tons of red flags which warranted followup. So even tho its annoying to be in the hospital and have all these tests, you're getting care many women here do not get. Think of the end goal: mostly healthy mom and healthy baby.

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Postby katznkt » Mon Aug 10, 638933 11:12 am

Hm... Others did a great job, but here is my 2 cents:
1. What causes PreE... nobody is positive, but currently it is thought to have to do with the way the placenta attaches at the very beginning of the pregnancy and the blood flow to the placenta.
2. What can you do to avoid/stop it.... nothing that we know of. If you have an underlying condition (have to get lots of tests done while not pregnant)then sometimes a baby asprin regimine might work if taken from the beginning. Otherwise bedrest and bp meds can keep bp down, but not stop preE.

Glad they are taking good care of you. They might be concerned about something else that they aren't telling you about since they want to keep you so bad... or maybe they know you aren't good at bed rest at home.

Oh and just wanted to add about protein in the urine... from what I understand it is just a sign that your kidneys aren't filtering out the protein that they normally do and so your body dumps the unprocessed protein in your urine. Lol... at one point I actually thought I could control the protein by eating more or less protein (chicken etc) during the day. HA! Protein isn't usually a deal breaker, but maybe they are concerned because it jumped up significantly from one 24 hour to the next and they are worried about HELLP? Dunno

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Postby lilillini » Sat Aug 01, 638933 10:47 am

If you are only spilling 400mg of protein and your BP isn't very elevated, I can't imagine why they wouldn't discharge you. That's only a mild amount, and you can get dipsticks to get a very rough estimate of what your protein is like at home.

My blood pressure was very elevated and I had about the same amount of protein as you plus severe headaches and visual disturbances, and I was still kept out of the hospital even when I wanted to be admitted.

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Postby suzieq8204 » Sat Aug 01, 638933 7:56 am

Jmom: I am seeing a specialist. my dr sent me to Baylor in Dallas to a specialist. I have two of them which are partners and then I have daily drs that can deliver and are on call 24/7 and then I also have residents that check on me extra early in the mornings. lol And They talked about me going home this past friday but Monday my dr the male specialist said I was not going any where as long as I have protein in my urine. So I am stuck I guess for the next 10 weeks at least. And the drs have also said my afterbirth is low. which I am still trying to figure that one out. but I know it means I will most likely have c-section which I already plan. lol

Thank you to all of your replies!

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Postby breannesmith55 » Sat Aug 01, 638933 3:14 am

Wow it sounds like you are getting excellent care. yes it can move very quickly just make sure they keep their eyes on you. as for preventing and stoping it, or what causes it, its all a mystery. under the preeclampsia in the news category you can read up on new tests they are doing. good luck w/ everything :)

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Postby jmom08 » Fri Jul 31, 638933 9:56 pm

Hello from a fellow Texan! I had a lot of the same questions as you when I first found this site, and found answers to many of them here: http://www.preeclampsia.org/about.asp (has link to FAQ's). Are you are seeing a maternal fetal medicine specialist in the hospital, in addition to your OB? In answer to your question about protein, I am not a doctor, but my rough understanding is that the protein measured by the 24 hour urine test reflects the effects of preeclampsia on the kidneys (looking at how much protein is spilled by kidneys to get an idea of how preeclampsia is progressing). I hope that you get the answers you need here and from your doctors -- my fingers are crossed for you!

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Postby suzieq8204 » Fri Jul 31, 638933 9:17 pm

I am not sure what HELLP is and I do not know what NST is. However, they are doing sonograms twice a week Mondays and Thursdays to check the blood flow and the fluid around the baby. I get my blood drown those two days as well. and I have to do a 24 hr urine test ever thursday. They have told me that my afterbirth which I am guessing is the placenta is low. and the drs have said that a few times when doing the sonograam and I finally asked what does that exactly mean and they told me that it meant that the afterbirth was down in the exit whole which means I will most likely have a c-secrtion which I had already planned on doing anyways with my first dr. and signed the papers here for it.

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Re : I am new.

Postby kellyo19 » Fri Jul 31, 638933 8:51 pm

PE diagnosis is two blood pressure readings greater than 140/90, either number, at least 24 hrs apart PLUS 24-hr urine test exceeding 300. PE can and does progress really quickly, and also has a nasty cousin named HELLP which involved the liver. HELLP is one of the reasons they do so many blood tests to check liver function. PE is basically the placenta and your body not getting along, soemtimes the placenta isn't properly embedded. THere is nothing you can do to prevent it, eating a salt-restricted diet will NOT help and may actually hurt. You can't stop it until you deliver but even then, some women go on to have PE complications postpartum. If your BPs are high they may put you on meds to help control it but that doesn't always happen. ANother management tool is bedrest, which may or may not work. Some women develop it early and limp along to term, others are delivered shortly after diangosis. One thing the docs should be doing in addition to frequent BP checks and frequent 24-hr urine checks, is BPP and NST testing on the baby to make sure baby is growing well and tolerating the PE. These are usually done weekly or more often, depending on your case. I had twice-wkly NST and once-wkly BPP from 30 wks on. It sounds like you are very closely monitored which you're fortuneate, many women are not, and I was one of the ones not watched. In fact my PE/IUGR with my daughter was completely missed, we moved and my dr with my 2nd child caught it in my records. This is a serious disease, unfortuneately women on the boards have lost their children and some have died, so you need to make sure your drs continue to monitor you and give you adequate care. If you do get sent home, get a home BP cuff and check yourself a few times a day and don't hesitate to hop on the boards with any concerns/symptoms or call the L&D (maternity ward) at the hospital. I hope I've helped you (and didn't scare you too bad) adn I hope you have many weeks ahead of you, incubating the baby!


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