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Re: Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by Laura2012 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 09:53 am

Hi there, our second son was born sleeping on Sept. 24, 2012, due to placental abruption from severe preeclampsia. I was 32 wks. 5 days. I was feeling fine and went for my regular prenatal check up and our baby's heart was stopped. I felt him move the evening before. Ten days before I had been for a check and bp and urine were fine. On the 24th bp was quite high and +4 protein in urine. We were shocked and devastated. It is still surreal sometimes. I did have a lot of swelling in my feet and hands. I spent 2 wks in the hospital due to preeclampsia and HELLP and almost died myself. Baby Liam was a beautiful baby 4 lbs. 13 ozs. and 18 inches. He will live in our hearts forever as your precious Angel will. We have a beautiful 4 year old son as well. I had pregnancy induced hypertension on him and delivered him at 37 wks. 6 days. I am now 6 weeks pregnant. I am not too nervous yet; however, I know as my pregnancy progresses I will most likey become a basketcase as well. My bp is back to normal now without any med. I hope and pray my third pregnancy is healthy and unevental with no preeclampsia or placental issues. I am due Aug. 21, 2013. I am referred to a high risk specialist and hope to see her in the near future. I wish you a healthy and unevental pregnancy as well.

Re: Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by marilyn621 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:39 am

So sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how that feels. I had very slow progressing PE and the doctors didn't even catch it with my first. I began developing symptons around week 36 and delivered at 40, but with my second I started developing symptoms MUCH earlier (maybe around 28-30 weeks) and I thought I was being paranoid. Can't say I know what the third one will be like, but I can tell you that you have a great support group here! Best wishes!

Re: Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by blythe » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:21 am

I'm so sorry about your daughter's death. I hope beyond hope that this pregnancy will be different for you!

Search for "Catherine"'s posts, I know there are many others - but Catherine is one who immediately comes to my mind. She had a perfectly normal pregnancy for her first, nearly died herself in her second, and had a normal third. I know you're not guaranteed that "normal" third, but her posts are wonderful about how she emotionally got through her third pregnancy. Caryn, our science writer, also has some really interesting things to relate about the research that suggests that while PE is most common in first pregnancies, the unique genetic variance of each pregnancy contributes to if you get sick or not.

Re: Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by Floaty » Sun Dec 30, 2012 05:55 am

Thanks for your reply Trish - lovely to read that your babas did so well. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only basket case :)
I think I'll browse the forum for others with unusual circumstances, might make me feel normal or dare I say sane!
Thanks again,
Amy

Re: Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by trish » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:22 am

Welcome. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby girl. I'm glad to see that you are being considered high risk and seeing specialists. Like they told you it is unusual to have early onset after late onset but we've had other women with "unusual" situations on here. The good news is that you will be see frequently and they will likely be very proactive about delivering if anything seems off or odd. But that sure doesn't help with the anxiety and nervousness does it? You are not crazy! I didn't suffer a loss but I was a basket case during my 3rd (not planned) pregnancy! I was worried/anxious the whole time. Feel free to post here as much as you need to for support and answers to any questions that come up. These forums were my lifeline when I was pregnant. Being able to chat with people who had BTDT was comforting.

Early Onset Pre-e on 2nd, late onset on 1st. What next?

Post by Floaty » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:42 am

Hi everyone,

I am new to the forum despite the fact that I have had pre-eclampsia twice. Our last baby girl was stillborn at 32+3 weeks on 30th June 2012. Cause of death was IUGR from Severe Early Onset Pre-eclampsia. My symptoms started 9 days before her little heart stopped, I was in hospital being monitored at the time. They told me she was small 3lb 1 oz at 32 weeks, measuring 28 weeks, but that blood flow was fine. I felt her slowing down, I was ill the day it happened but my blood pressure was normal (I usually have low bp so they didn't take my version of high bp seriously). The midwife showed us the placenta after she was born and she said it had almost no blood in it, it was brown and wasted.

My first baby was born healthy by emergency c-section at 39 weeks - I had been in hospital since 36 weeks with pre-e.

I'm now pregnant on our third baby, 13 weeks at the moment. 3 different consultants have told me that I am very likely to have pre-eclampsia again. They just can't tell me if it's more likely to be normal pre-ec or early onset. I found statistics on recurrence rates on either late onset or early onset as they are different but I can't find any info on people who have had a late episode and a severe early episode. Consultants have informed me that it's rare to have an early episode after a late one. They have me labelled high risk and they seem very nervous, which in turn is making me more nervous.
Has anyone had a combination of late and early episodes in their history?
Does is sound insane that it's this early and I'm already thinking that if I get to 30 weeks that would be amazing and anything else will be a bonus? Am I being crazy?

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