HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby MomTimesThree » Fri Aug 14, 2015 07:17 pm

Hi Caroline,

Just wanted to check in- how have you been doing? I hope things have remained stable.

Best,
Lauren
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby funfunkyfantastic » Tue Aug 04, 2015 06:53 am

Wow, that's ridiculous that they won't give you medication. My average BP is 140/85 right now and i'm on Atenolol for it. They gave me medication when I had readings on average of 138/80. They didn't like my higher readings, so they felt it was necessary to control my BP. So far it has. I obviously don't have normal BP right now, but it's not out of control either.

It seems like those doctors are putting you and your baby at an unnecessary amount of risk. I'd transfer my care elsewhere and see about getting an appointment with a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. My records and referrals got all messed up when I transferred my care originally, so I haven't been in to see the specialist at my clinic. But I do go to Maternal Fetal Medicine twice a week for Non Stress Tests and once a week to my OB. I'm 35w4d pregnant and I expect i'll be delivering this baby fairly soon. You really should be on medication with your BP readings and all your symptoms, and not just a low low dose like I am. I'm only on 12.5 mg of Atenolol twice a day.

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby MomTimesThree » Tue Jul 28, 2015 06:36 am

Hi There,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having issues with your blood pressure, and doubly so that you don't feel confident in your care. That can make an already anxiety provoking situation even worse. Each person's case is unique as is our care- but I will share that when my blood pressure was as high as yours I was being seen twice a week with NSTs (to monitor baby) and weekly blood work to monitor me.

When in doubt, get checked out. Your confidence in your care is also important, if you don't feel confident it's ok to seek other opinions. Don't worry about hurting anyone's feelings. Should your pressures jump high again and you don't feel you'll be heard by your regular OB, you can always stop by L&D. No matter what, I would request a referral to an MFM (high risk doc).

Please keep posted as you're able.
Lauren
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby alviarin » Mon Jul 27, 2015 05:41 am

Sometimes pressures can be labile or variable where they jump up and down. During my second pregnancy, my blood pressure (BP) was normal in the morning, which the was the same time as when my OB appointments were scheduled. And then I would get some higher readings in late afternoon/evening. As time went on I had more and more high readings though.

If your doctors are (maybe?) doubting accuracy of your home BP monitor you could always bring it in to make sure it is consistent with what they are measuring in office.

When is your next appointment?
Hypothyroid mom to
Connor (severe pre-e at 38 weeks)
Claire (dx'd with pre-e and induction at 37 weeks)
Annabelle (chronic HTN & GD, superimposed pre-e @34 weeks, induction @37 weeks)

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby redapplecheeks » Mon Jul 27, 2015 05:28 am

Hi, Thanks for your response. My appointment right now is every 2 weeks, after that It's going to be every week. I monitor my blood pressure daily, multiple times in a day. Also, the doctors at my clinic said they wont give me medication is because every time i visit them, my blood pressure is OK, like 136/80. But I still worry... I spend most of my time at home, i monitor my blood pressure and the numbers are always high. Sometimes, doctors, nurses, hospitals calm me down.. maybe that has some effect on my BP? Im not sure..

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Re: HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby alviarin » Mon Jul 27, 2015 04:53 am

Hi Caroline,
I would also be nervous with those symptoms. Are you monitoring your pressures at home? Did the doc give you any guidelines about what symptoms or pressures to call in about (or even go to L&D)?

How frequent are your appointments now?

If you aren't comfortable with your current doc you could always ask for a referral to a MFM specializing in high risk pregnancies. https://www.smfm.org

Please don't hesitate to go in and get checked out if you feel the need.

(I moved your post to Ask the Experienced forum so it will get more views)
Hypothyroid mom to
Connor (severe pre-e at 38 weeks)
Claire (dx'd with pre-e and induction at 37 weeks)
Annabelle (chronic HTN & GD, superimposed pre-e @34 weeks, induction @37 weeks)

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HELP! I have symptoms of pre-eclampsia

Postby redapplecheeks » Mon Jul 27, 2015 04:32 am

Hi everyone, My name is Caroline. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant. I developed a pregnancy-induced hypertension, from then on I kept monitoring my blood pressure. When I was on my first and second trimester, My blood pressure is usually on 140/90. My OBGYN told me that I do not need medicine for my blood pressure unless it goes up to 150/100. I am now on my 3rd trimester and my blood pressure is higher than before. I usually get 150/90, 145/100. 155/104. So on my OBGYN visit again i told them that my BP is higher but now i was told they can't give me medication unless it goes up to 160/110. Along with my hypertension, I get heart palpitations every night, I have shortness of breath. My feet are swollen, I have vision disturbances.. all of these are pre-eclampsia symptoms. The only thing i can't prove is the presence of protein in my urine because the doctors do not tell me the results from the lab. I feel really anxious about my health and my baby's health, I feel like I am not getting proper care and I do not know where to get help. On my last OB visit, i was told I am high risk for pre-eclampsia, but at the same time, I feel like they are not taking it seriously. I just dont know where to get help. Should I just go to the hospital and get monitored?? Im not sure...


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