Questions about preeclampsia

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Re: Questions about preeclampsia

Postby jenh » Mon May 08, 2017 03:56 pm

The current recommendation is to deliver after 37 weeks even for just mild PE. Ask your doctor what his/her criteria is for delivery and whether you should move forward now rather than waiting for things to get severe.
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Re: Questions about preeclampsia

Postby alviarin » Sun May 07, 2017 09:46 pm

Basically the criteria for severe preeclampsia are bad blood work results, severely high pressures, signs of possible cerebral edema (hyperreflexia, severe head pain, and/or visual disturbances), or pulmonary edema.

During my first pregnancy my main symptom of rapidly worsening preeclampsia was feeling extremely weak. I was retaining a lot of fluid so they were concerend about possible pulmonary edema.

Does your doctor know how you are feeling? If not I would call in and update them. My OB wanted me to call in if my diastolic pressures were in the 90s for more than a 1/2 hour and to head in for monitoring when my diastolic pressure was =>100.

Do you have a delivery date scheduled yet?

"Severe Features of Preeclampsia...
• Systolic blood pressure of 160 mm Hg or higher, or diastolic blood pressure of 110 mm Hg or higher on two occasions at least 4 hours apart while the patient is on bed rest (unless antihypertensive therapy is initiated before this time)
• Thrombocytopenia (platelet count less than 100,000/microliter)
• Impaired liver function as indicated by abnormally elevated blood concentrations of liver enzymes (to twice normal concentration), severe persistent right upper quadrant or epigastric pain unrespon- sive to medication and not accounted for by alternative diagnoses, or both
• Progressive renal insufficiency (serum creatinine concentration greater than 1.1 mg/dL or a doubling of the serum creatinine concentration in the absence of other renal disease)
• Pulmonary edema
• New-onset cerebral or visual disturbances"

"For women with mild gestational hypertension or preeclampsia without severe features at or beyond 37 0/7 weeks of gestation, delivery rather than continued observation is suggested" ... gnancy.pdf
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Questions about preeclampsia

Postby AnnaH » Sun May 07, 2017 01:06 am

I'm 37 and a half weeks pregnant with my first, and was diagnosed with preeclampsia about a week and a half ago. I'm really worried about seizures, but I'm also a huge hypochondriac, which does not help at all. So far it's just my bp that is a problem. Blood work has come back fine, but some days I have +1 protein, which they said is barely anything.

Anyways, I'm wondering if it's normal to become exhausted after doing small chores like tidying the kitchen? Has anyone else experienced this? I assume it's because it raises my bp so much( will get up to 150/100).
It does calm down after I sit for a bit and put my feet up.

Is it normal to be dizzy/light headed alot?

Also, what is has to happen for preeclampsia to be categorized as severe?

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