Am I overreacting?

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 : Am I overreacting?

Postby for faith » Wed Feb 13, 2008 07:23 pm

Glad to hear you are so on top of things, this is a great site to give tons of info about PE and the important things to watch. Her care sounds great, but I would defintely watch those symptoms and make sure the dr is aware of all of them. There were times when I just didn't feel right and went to L&D to make sure things were ok, most times my BP was very high and I was monitored very closely. Glad to hear your wife is so far along. Take care, wishing you both and your 2 babies all the best!

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Re : Am I overreacting?

Postby laura » Wed Feb 13, 2008 05:16 pm

Hi Jason, congratulations on the new babe on the way! I'm guessing that given your wife's preexisting conditions, they're probably taking the PE in stride and trying not to alarm you with progress reports, not realizing that the lack of reporting is more stressful than not!

The diagnostic criteria for preeclampsia is 140/90 with 300mg protenuria in a 24 hour urine- your wife is within spitting distance of the protein and meets the BP requirement. If she were at term, they'd probably go ahead and just induce her. Since she is still 'remote from term' they'll probably wait for her to meet one of the criteria for severe preeclampsia: BP's of 160/100 and/or 5000 mg proteinuria in 24 hour urine, OR other symptoms that things are starting to effect her nervous system: headaches that won't go away, brisk reflexes, visual disturbances.

Next time you see the doc, ask him what his criteria for delivering is, and what symptoms would make him want you guys to call in or go in to L&D. Best wishes and luck!

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Re : Am I overreacting?

Postby rebeccac » Wed Feb 13, 2008 04:33 pm

Yes, put a call in. If that doesn't help, I wouldn't hesitate going to L&D either just to be safe. There are 3 lives involved here. You are not overreacting! Good luck!!

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Re : Am I overreacting?

Postby klynnkopaczrn » Wed Feb 13, 2008 03:46 pm

Hi Jason,
I'm not a dad, but if I were in your shoes, I would place a call to her Doc ASAP! Tell them the symptoms, and park yourself at the hospital if you need to. The vomiting as well as the borderline BP has me concerned, as well as the headache.
My preeclampsia started the same way, and quickly snowballed! It's nothing to be taken lightly!

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Am I overreacting?

Postby jason28 » Wed Feb 13, 2008 03:32 pm

My wife is currently 35 weeks and 4 days pregnant with twins and over the last 2-3 weeks has had many of the symptoms associate with preeclampsia. Being that she has a pre-existing heart condition she is alreay under the care of a high risk OB who is monitoring her weekly, but I'm getting nervous that they are monitoring and not "doing" anything, maybe because no one is really explaining the test results to us. It's possible that my over-active imagination and being a first time dad is getting the best of me, so I thought I'd post and get a "second opinion" :-)

Before her pregnancy, her bp was consistantly in the 100/60 range. Now over the last 3 weeks it has been in the 135-140/85-90 range. The did a 24 hour urine test last week and it was 237mg. Yesterday she had her BP taken by two different physicians about 8 hours apart, the readings were 140/90 and 146/92. We were sent to the hospital(3rd time in two weeks), they did labs monitored her BP(never lower than 138/88) and sent us home with another 24 hour urine collection. She has been vomiting a few times a day, her ankles have doubled in size and she has a headache that won't go away. I have no doubt in the abilities of her OB, and don't want to question his judgement, but is there a point when you shouldn't just monitor the situation?

Any comments are welcome, even if its to tell me I'm crazy. :-) I just want a healthy wife and two healthy babies.

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