28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

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Re: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby alviarin » Tue Nov 03, 2015 06:45 pm

Hi Melissa,

Just wondering how you (and baby) are doing? How are things going?
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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: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby melissa.marie » Fri Oct 09, 2015 01:49 am

I'm feeling OK right now. Medication 3 times a day is really helping control my blood pressure and I'm having no symptoms as of right now.

Unfortunately, my blood work is not looking so good. My AST and my LDH rose quite a bit this morning and my platelets dropped considerably. I'm not at dangerous levels yet but it's not looking so great either.

I'm a bit fustrated, because I don't feel all that sick. I know this is the best place for me but man I want to go home.

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Re: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby alviarin » Thu Oct 08, 2015 04:08 pm

Sorry to hear you had to go back to the hospital, but glad you are being watched so closely.

How are you doing this week?
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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: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby melissa.marie » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:57 pm

Quick update.

I'm back in the hospital because my BP refused to stay down at home despite adhering to bedrest. My blood tests show a slight decline in kidney function but nothing to warrant delivery just yet.

My little guy has officially been diagnosed with IUGR. My doctors have said 34 weeks is my absolute limit and keeping my little man in longer would not be best for him


So now we wait.
Maybe a BPP will be bad, maybe my blood pressure shoots up, or kidney function declines. My my little bean stops growing and needs out. Anyway you put it I'm just hanging out waiting to meet my LO.

It's still scarey, but they do a great job here at easing your mind and keeping you calm. I'very seen several nicu babies in my lifetime so I feel as prepared as one can be for that experience. Even though he needs to stay put for 5 more weeks. I'm looking forward to meeting him.

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Re: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby alviarin » Tue Sep 29, 2015 02:17 pm

Hi Melissa, just wondering how you are feeling this morning?

As far as mag goes, not everyone reacts the same. With my son I already felt awful and extremely weak from severe pre-e so magnesium sulfate didn't make much of a difference, other than feeling warm at iv site. And it might have prevented me from experiencing a seizure on top of my stroke-high pressures.

I've also had mag as part of an iv cocktail to break a migraine before with no ill effects.

With my last two deliveries I wasn't put on mag, maybe because my pressures were well controlled and I didn't have any neurological symptoms day of delivery. A lot depends on your individual doctor though, so you might want to ask what their criteria is.
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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: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby alviarin » Tue Sep 29, 2015 01:06 am

The fact that you aren't feeling good concerns me. My main pre-e symptom was feeling weak, like a bad case of the flu (w/o fever vomiting or chills). If you continue to feel off please don't hesitate to call your doc or head back in.
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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: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby melissa.marie » Tue Sep 29, 2015 00:37 am

Hey all quick update!

Surprisingly the hospital sent me home. I'm on bedrest until delivery, which doctors say could be at any moment but we are hoping for at least 30 weeks. I'm hoping for 32 since my little guy is measuring two weeks behind.

I feel like I got hit by a bus. Does anyone know if this is normal? I feel like I'm about to be sick with the flu. But my blood pressure is reasonable and so are my headaches so that's good.

This experience is terrifying, but the nicu doctors really help put me at ease. I know my little guy will be in good hands.

I have one other question, is there any way to negotiate the use of magnesium during delivery? I know I need to be on it, but good god that stuff is awful, has anyone had any experience with being on a lower dose, or on it less than 24 hours? Im holding out hope I can somehow get away from this evil drug.

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Re: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby MomTimesThree » Mon Sep 28, 2015 06:24 am

I'm rooting for you both! Please keep posted as you're able. I will be keeping all crossables crossed you have as many weeks cooking as possible.

I found it really helpful while on bedrest, which can drive you bonkers really fast, to create some sort of schedule for myself. Simple as still having a wake up and a bed time, brushing teeth/hair by a certain time... reading a magazine by 10am etc.

Wishing you many more weeks!
Lauren
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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: 28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby kgwilson1985 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 02:16 pm

Thanks for sharing ur story!

I am currently 26 weeks pregnant and am on preeclampsia watch due to my blood pressures rising (really high numbers) around 25 weeks pregnant. They have me on Labetalol 200mg 2x per day to control my bp... i was admitted at 25 weeks for observation and to get the steroid shots for the baby, but my bp stabilized while i was there. I was released, and I am not bed rest yet tho. Seeing a specialist weekly now as well. He told us it's a game of chess... how long I stay pregnant depends on what my body does, taking it week by week right now! (No protein or problematic symptoms yet other than bp).

It's crazy not knowing when I will deliver... but we are just praying we at least get a few more weeks in god willing!

good luck and keep us posted! Praying for a few more weeks for u as well!

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28 weekon hospital bedrest for pre eclampsia, my currently ongoing experience.

Postby melissa.marie » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:06 am

Hello everyone. I'm a 33 year old first time mom who was diagnosed with preeclampsia on Monday, Sept 21st.

I wanted to share my story, mainly just to let it all out.

So Sunday morning I woke up with a pretty rough headache, I was already chronic hypertensive so I was monitoring my BP and on pre e watch. I took my blood pressure it was 141/92, so I took some Tylenol and laid in bed for awhile. After a few hours my head was still pounding, so I took a zrytec just to be sure. After none of that worked, I headed to labor and delivery.

Once there, my blood pressure jumped to 151/102 and I dipped a 2+ in my urine. They admitted me for a 24 hour urine collection and monitoring. In the hospital my blood pressure was all over the place, but laying in bed did seem to help. However my headache got worst, I started seeing spots and flashes in my vision. I also had crazy hyperteflexivity. My 24 hour urine came back with just over 300 protein. They put me on magnesium and transfered me to a hospital with a better nicu.I was told I would deliver in the morning.

I immediately asked for a second opinion. In a matter of hours I was talking to another high risk doctor who suggested we add more blood pressure medication and change my current dose of labetalol and stay on magnesium until the morning, we would make a decision then. I agreed to this treatment.

And by what I'm calling a miracle, I stabilized overnight. My blood pressure went from 153/109 to avg readings of 121/75 (although it does still spike). My headache dulled and the doctor does not think I am in immediate danger. So now suddenly, I get to remain pregnant, under close watch in the hospital.

My little guy is measuring two weeks behind so he really could use the extra cooking time. The medical team is great here and they are preparing me for the nicu stay. This is a crazy, scarey experience and I'm going to try to share as much as I can. This boand has help me so much.

Stay healthy out there ladies!


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