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Are you worried about your partners pregnancy? Has your partner already had preeclampsia? Do you have advice for other dads who could be going through similar experiences as yourself? Post here!
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Re : New and Very Worried

Postby fiona » Mon Sep 10, 2007 08:04 pm


your wife's condition is very concerning. I'd just like to reiterate everything that Caryn has said. Hopefully we will be able to find a name for you meanwhile, please do not hesitate to head back to L&D and get a thorough blood work up. I would also request an u/s to see how the baby is doing.

Do keep us posted.

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Re : New and Very Worried

Postby caryn » Mon Sep 10, 2007 07:58 pm

Jeff, those are very high blood pressure readings and that's a LOT of protein. If she's had two readings over 140/90 and has more than .3 g of protein, she's officially a preeclampsia patient -- and yes, it can happen this early. Did they run a 24-hour, or was that "1 gram" from a dipstick?

Headaches can be a sign of central nervous system involvement. Epigastric pain can be a sign of liver involvement. Did they draw bloodwork labs? Has she still got a headache and abdominal pain?

I'll copy this to one of our Experts and see if I can get a recommendation for a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Austin. In the meantime, is the bp med stabilizing her pressures?

If she does have a headache still, or epigastric pain, it would be best to go back to L&D and insist on bloodwork labs. Print off our Signs and Symptoms page ( and take it in with you, and ask for preeclampsia labwork.

Please keep us posted. I know this is scary.

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New and Very Worried

Postby jeffcanfield » Mon Sep 10, 2007 07:53 pm

High I am brand new here and I am scarred and worried and very confused by the actions of my wifes OB.

My wife has been having severe headaches for over a week. She has had pain in her abdomen. Her blood pressure has been in the 140 to 175 over 90 to 110.

She called her OB and the OB sent her to the emergency room. (Why not the OB's office). We sat and waited. Finally after 2 hours we were let in and my wife had her urine tested. 1 gram of protein in her urine.

The OB finally comes in and tells my wife that she "cannot have preeclampsia", because my wife is only 19 weeks along.

The OB then asks if my wife has had headaches. My wife says yes and that they are severe. The OB throws her hands up and tells the ER Doc that "these are the worst headaches of her life, so give her a cat scan." OB walks off.

My wife is crying at this point because just before this the OB had told my wife that there is a chance the protein in the urine means the baby will die.

The OB was at the ER for all of 3 minutes. My wife was given a high blood pressure medication and nothing else. No instructions for bed rest, or to see her at her office, etc.

We are going to look for a new OB! If anyone knows of a good one in Austin, Texas please let me know?

The thing that bothers me is that the OB was upset that my wife was at the ER, after the OB told her to go there? Also after reading this afternoon, it seems as the OB should have been much more proactive, knowing that my wife is suffering from headaches, high blood pressure, stomach pain? Why did the OB wait two weeks to send us to the ER?

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