Roll Call

Are you pregnant again after having preeclampsia once already in a previous pregnancy? Post your thoughts/concerns here - there are others who share your feelings. This is also the home of our Bedrest Buddies Support group.
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Re : Roll Call

Postby lillysmama » Wed Dec 10, 2003 06:45 pm

I'm 27 years old and currently pregnant with my second child. My first pregnancy was only 2 years ago and I have a beautiful 22 month old daughter. From the beginning I just didn't feel well when I was pregnant with her. By about 25 weeks we knew something was up, but my blood pressure was still not that high and I didn't have protein. I had already begun swelling though. By about 30 weeks my blood pressure had risen and I was told to reduce activity. At 36 1/2 weeks PE had progressed to the point where labor was induced and my great big 7lb 3oz dd was born. I had a difficult vaginal delivery with 4 hours of pushing and of course the horrible mag sulphate. My blood pressure went right back to normal and I lost 100 lbs in one month, I even looked like myself again!

This time I seem to be doing better. It took me 7 months to become pregnant, maybe having a 22 month old had something to do with that! [:D] The Dr was ready to start talking about why I wasn't pregnant yet when I found out I was. My blood pressure went up somewhere around 15 weeks so my Dr started talking about chronic hypertension. It stayed in the high 130's/80's through the second trimester. Then in the third it actually went back down! This week it's sometimes reading higher again, but not as high as it was in the second trimester. I am now the most pregnant I have ever been! I don't have blood pressure in the scary ranges I did last time at all.

The main concern we have right now is that this baby is measuring very large. By ultra sound he was more than 7 1/2lbs at 35 weeks. He's on track to be over 10! My Doctor isn't comfortable with me delivering a huge baby vaginally. With as difficult of a time as I had with dd he's worried about injury to me and permanent nerve damage to the baby. Last week he said he'd like me to schedule a c-section. I'll find out tomorrow if it will be on December 29th like we discussed.

I'm so excited to be this far along. Although I feel like a huge blimp, it makes me happy that I have a huge healthy baby. I hope to post a second baby no PE story very soon.

Lilly 1-22-02 36 1/2 wks PE
edd 1-3-04, probably c-section 12-29

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Re : Roll Call

Postby sweetiesuzy » Wed Dec 10, 2003 01:10 pm

Hello ladies!! I am a 29 year old married woman with two living children. I am a registered nurse but I am staying home right now being a mom! I have chronic hypertension that runs on the moderate side. I do not take medication.
When I was 20 I became pregnant with a man I was in a relationship with. My son was born two weeks early after my water broke. My blood pressures had been elevated - that is what they told me - at the end of my pregnancy. I have no real idea what they were running, the Dr. never clued me in. I do know that my son was small - 5 pounds 14 ounces. But he was fine and just turned 8 years old.
My second pregnancy was with my husband. At 9 weeks we had an ultrasound that revealed an abnormality. We went for further testing and found out that our baby had a large cystic hygroma and fetal hydrops related to Turners Syndrome. This is a chromosomal abnormality that occurs at conception. It can happen to anyone and rarely happens twice because it is not genetic. Our sweet, precious daughter died in utero at 16 weeks due to this. My blood pressures were running higher than normal during this time as well. I was induced and delivered her in 2001.
During my third pregnancy my blood pressure was horrible. I was running very high from early on. I was being checked for protein in my urine, 24 hour urines every week, weekly BBPs, weekly blood work for function levels, and two non stress tests a week! I was on strict bed rest from 32 weeks on. We thought he would have to be delivered at 31 weeks because they couldn't control my bps, but they did. I was taking Labetalol throughout this time. My son was born two weeks early because they decided to induce me and get him out. He weighed 5 pounds 14.6 ounces. I had to be on Magnesiusm Sulfate for 24 hours... the worst drug ever!(I'm sure many can appreciate that comment). But he made it and is here safe and sound. He is now almost a year old.
I just found out I am pregnant again! Hooray! I am nervous, but I feel so blessed. I have reduced my stress and I have been eating well. I am taking prenatals and omega 3 vitamins. My bps have been average if not a little better for me. I take my pressure only once a day right now. I have been a bit queezy upon waking in the morning, but overall my appetite has increased A LOT lately! I have my first appointment on the 15th of this month. I hope to have an early u/s. I am excited that there are others here that will go through this with me. God is good! Oh and I will be due the first week of August.


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Re : Roll Call

Postby sherry fisher » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:39 am

10 years ago and only 18, I was diagnosed at 26 weeks with PE. I was sent to a perinatologist. From then on I was in and out of the hospital. At 35 weeks they did an amnio and induced labor. I delivered a healthy baby boy 4lb 15oz. I was on Mag before and after delivery.

In 97 I was pregnant with my daughter, like clockwork, I started the PIH at 26 weeks. I was able to hold out for week 38 through bed rest and constant monitoring. I had a home health care nurse come to my house every other day. Plus, I had a machine that hooked into my phone line to monitor BP, fetal kicks, and protein. If anything looked out of the ordinary, my OB would call for me to come in. I never developed more than a trace protein. Thank heavens. I delivered a healthy girl weighing in at 7lb 15oz.

In 02 I scaved through this pregnancy with little to NO sypmtoms of PE. My blood pressure stayed in control pretty much the whole time. Of course this time I limited my stress and stopped working with the pregnancy. I was remarried and a different father too, so I thought this was maybe working in my favor. About a week before I BEGGED to be induced I developed some swelling. I was miserable. I was HUGE, my back hurt (birth defect)! We induced labor. My swelling kept on getting worse. I called my OB and called all the while they told me this was normal and sometimes it took weeks to go down. On the Friday following his birth (One week later.) I called the office with a severe headache that would not go away. He called me in some Tylenol 3. This did not help. On Saturday night I finially could not take this headache any longer. I was seeing spots and my vision was blurry. My husband took me to the ER. They took my BP at the triage and it was 222/169. I was immediately rushed back. Started on Mag. I was given moraphine and pumped full of BP meds. Nothing helped for 6 hours. I wanted to just die, my headache was that bad. Plus watching how incredibly high my BP was I knew that I was serious. They had to turn the monitor because I was so scared. I was stabelized and transfered to a larger hospital where my OB could watch me. He came in that next morning and apologized! He told me that the symptoms I had over the phone were normal. He had heard of post partum PE, but never suspected that I had developed it. I stayed away from my newborn son and had to allow my mother in law (YUCK, YUCK) the privelage of taking over his care during this time. I kept him with me throughout the days and just slept with him on my chest while laying in the hospital. I could not stand to be away from him when visiting hours were over! I was taken off blood pressure meds at my six week check up.

Here we are again. #4. At my first prenatal appt my BP was 155/95. That was 8 weeks. I have been on BP meds every since then. I have been taken off the meds since I was in the hospital with whatever it was i had just this last weekend. My BP's are low now. Crossing my fingers they stay that way for awhile. I feel better then ever not being on that crap! I have more energy and not as irritable! DH would agree. LOL I will keep yo posted on the rest as it comes.

Sherry Fisher (28)
DH: Bill (35)
Proud Mama to:
#1) Alex 1/1/94-PE
#2) Abbie 12/17/97-PIH
#3 Will 08/03/02-PP PE
#4) EDD: 4/27/04

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Re : Roll Call

Postby erin2003 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:39 am

Hi All,

I developed a quick sudden onset of Pre-E then soon after Class 1 HELLP Syndrome at 27w with our first pregnancy, January 2003. Our late DS, Jack, was born at 27w 5d via c-section. I had Poly-hydraminios which is very contradictory to common low amniotic fluid. Our DS was born with a rare form of Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome. A disease that effects the internal organs. He required a heart operation to close a open ductess in his heart however the Dr's did not feel he would survive the operation. We chose to remove in from supports and he passed away the same day.

Fast Forward....

Became pregnant first month trying, EDD Jan 6/04. We returned to the Peri that treated our pregnancy with Jack and have been closely monitored by him. Have been on restriction due to an increase in BP from 25w and complete bedrest due to PIH since 31w. Still going strong! We are definately counting our blessings everyday!

Hopefully will be posting our "Successful Subsequent Pregnancy Story" very soon!

36w1d [:)]

Me 27 DH 28
^|^ Jackson Andrew Jan 21-25, 2003
Born at 27w5d due to Pre-E, HELLP
OMGoodness! It's a Girl! EDD Jan 6/04
C-section scheduled Dec 31/03

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Re : Roll Call

Postby cathyw » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:57 am

Hi, pregnant buddies!

I was diagnosed with hypertension at my first OB visit at approximately 10 weeks. My BP was 150/100! The doctor said that I had chronic hypertension since the bp problem occured before 20 weeks and prescribed bp meds (aldomet). I remained on the aldomet for the entire pregnancy with the dose being increased over time. My bp started to skyrocket around 28 weeks and I was put on complete bedrest. At 31 weeks, I started to develop pre-eclampsia. It progressed very rapidly and my son was delivered at 32.5 weeks. He weighed 4 lbs, 4 ounces at birth and dropped to a low weight of 3 lbs, 11 ounces. He spent one month in the NICU with the usual preemie problems: respiratory distress syndrome, inability to control body temperature, hyperbilirubinemia, and feeding issues. Thankfully, he is a very HEALTHY boy today and is now 13 1/2 months. He is huge (95th percentile on the growth chart for height) which just cracks me up because he was such a little peanut at birth.

I consulted with a perinatologist before conceiving #2 (also on the first attempt..ha, ha). He reviewed my medical records and felt I was "medically mismanaged" in my first pregnancy. He felt that my first OB did not keep a tight enough control over my BP and tolerated too high of numbers. Also, during the last week of pregnancy my BP was as high as 190/130 but she did not admit me to the hospital. I was at home and she was changing my med dosages over the phone!! I am a Registered Nurse and thought this was wacky but was soooooooo sick and out of it, did not advocate for myself well.

Needless to say, I am going to a peri this time around :-). He was much more positive about me having a better pregnancy, especially since my BP is normal now without meds. Weight loss, decreasing stress in my life helped. I am nervous about this pregnancy. My twin brother and his wife just lost twin boys at 23 weeks due to pre-term labor on the day after Thanksgiving. So, the reality of what can go wrong in pregnancy is very much on my mind :-(. I'm not telling my family for a while since they don't need to be worrying about me too. Anyway, thanks for reading this novel..ha, ha.

Cathy 35
Christian 37
John Sebastian, 13 1/2 months
#2 EDD 08/06/04

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Re : Roll Call

Postby akemt » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:19 am

I'll start off since this is my idea:

I have a 9 month old, Emma Margaret and just got pregnant on our first try for #2! Just call me fertile mertyl! lol

With my first pregnancy I was diagnosed with PIH at about 28/29 wks (though a couple weeks earlier is when my first BP spikes and symptoms started, but my dr was out of town and I saw another one who did the lay you down, send you home thing). I was sent for an ultrasound at the hospital a few days after diagnosis and was then diagnosed with Oligohydramnios as well (low amniotic fluid) and told to prepare to have dd and to fly out to a bigger hospital. Well, the bedrest worked and I was laying on my side and eating dh's cooking (fast food) for about 8 wks untill things started to slowly slide downhill again and I delivered my daughter at 37 wks weighing a whopping 7lbs 7 oz and measuring 20 1/2 inches long. My bp went back down to normal with the help of some meds within a month or two. Upon asking my doctor whether I'd get it again or not, the answer was, "there's a fair chance." Whatever that means! My mother is of the opinion that I won't since it runs in our family in FIRST pregnancies.

So, I'm still here wondering and waiting and barely pg with our second. I have my first apt and ultrasound on the 23rd to get exact dates (that's when I'll update my signature, btw), but I'm due in early August...the 3rd to the 11th or so.

Can't wait to hear from everyone!

Catherine (22)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo

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Roll Call

Postby akemt » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:07 am

Hey ladies,

Would all of you pg ladies mind telling us a little bit about your PE history and when you are due?

Catherine (22)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo

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