Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby miracle3 » Tue Dec 27, 2005 01:04 pm

I don't have any experience with these symptoms this early on. I just wanted to wish you luck. Please keep us posted.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby missgamecock » Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:49 am

Hey Korie. Sorry you are going through this but like the others said. That bp is really really high. A MFM is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. Same thing as a Perinatologist. They are a specialist for women that have something going on in pregnancy/high risk pregnancy. You should be seeing one ASAP. I had protein in my baseline 24 hr. I don't know if I was spilling etween pregnancies. However, at my first 24 hr, my ob had written in my recordsz <4ml/dg. Monitor in big capital letters. You should also have a list of questions for your doc, such as: when do you want me to call (very important, most dr's will give you a guideline that you should call with), How long will it take my medicine to work? How often should I be monitoring my bps? Is there any particular symptom or anything that you want me to call with? They are right, this looks like underlying chronic high bp. I know it sucks. I totally would not have believed it myself if it hadn't have happened to me. I too had early bp spikes. I went on meds at 17 weeks. My next pregnancy, well I will probably start off on meds. Other things that you should expect is your ob keeping a close eye on you. You should expect NST (non stress tests - this is where they put two belts on you - one for contractions and one for baby's heartbeat), BPP - biophysical profile, frequest US to check on baby' s growth, a lot of lab work, 24 hr urine tests on a regular basis. It's good that you are being proactive and we'll all be here to help you through it. Good luck.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby korie » Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:03 am

I just called my doctor and asked about my blood pressure, being that it is still so high. I was taking 100mg of Labetalol 2x a day and she upped it to 200mg 2x a day. I guess my labs came back and my 24 hour urine test was fine. They don't seem overly concerned so I am not sure what to think being that my Blood pressure is still so high. I have an appointment on Fri and I can check my BP at home, so I think I will just check it daily until then and if it goes any higher I will go into the ER. I will also start looking for a specialist. What is a MFM?
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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby meredith » Sun Dec 25, 2005 08:56 am

korie,
that number is dangerously high, please go to an ER. When i worked on a cardiac floor and had patients come in for bp's near that they were admitted and given IV bp meds. Do you know if you are taking labetalol? Since you are pregnant they need to take you serious. It could be renal artery stenosis, or fibromuscular dysplasia. Woman with uncontrolled bp's that dont react to meds especially with proteinuria, is usually kidney related, though i am just a nurse not a doc. Also you definatly need a Peri following you.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby rachel a » Sun Dec 25, 2005 00:55 am

Korie,

Hon, I'm worried about you. I personally think that with a reading of 177/113 that you should be calling your OB. If you haven't already done so, please call your OB--now.

That is really too high [ETA: for my comfort] and I personally would feel safer if your OB was informed.

And, on another personal note, I would be requesting to see a high-risk or MFM ASAP--insurance shouldn't be difficult considering your situation.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby sandy » Sun Dec 25, 2005 00:04 am

Korie,
Hello, and welcome.

Just one thing to add to what the others have said.

I have chronic hypertension and have had it since my early 20's. I am not a doctor; this is just my personal experience.

The protein found in your urine; just because you have high blood pressure readings and protein in your urine you do not necessarily have preeclampsia at this time. MOST cases of preeclampsia happen after week 20. And, as someone else posted, if you have high blood pressure readings while pregnant before week 20, it is likely to be considered that you have chronic hypertension, even if this is the first you've heard that you might have this.

The protein could very well be a symptom of your high blood pressure and its effects on your kidneys.

Both times I have been pregnant, and in between pregnancies, I have been spilling protein. My doctor says this is just related to my chronic hypertension. Before I went into pregnancy #2, I was spilling 236 mg of protein (from a 24 hour collection) and my doctor still gave me the "green light" to go ahead for another pregnancy. She said that this is just how my body has reacted to the chronic hypertension and this will be my "baseline" to check future readings while pregnant against.

What is helpful in your situation is that you are so early on in your pregnancy...your doctor(s) will have a "baseline" amount of protein to go by now, so that as your pregnancy progresses, it will show if you are having a gradual or sharp increase in protein spilling...that information, along with blood pressures and perhaps a few other indicators, will give doctors a good idea how to best help you and your baby be safest during the pregnancy. And I can guarantee you will be watched closely from here on out. :)

Good luck to you. Please stay in touch with us and let us know how things are going.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby julie f » Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:36 pm

Korie, I'm sorry that your bp is still up. 177/113 is HIGH - did your doctor ask you to call in if it gets to a certain number? Sometimes it can take a bit for the meds to work but I would definitely let your dr. know about these pressures, they may want to try something else sooner.

Please let us know how your 24 hour comes out.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby korie » Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:27 pm

Thanks everyone for your responses and advise. It has been very helpful. I am on a blood pressure med, but it doesn't seem to have done the trick yet, I took my BP again today and it was 177/113. I will keep praying that it goes down and I should know more next week when I do my 24hr urine test. I may also look into getting a specialist, depending on what my insurance is going to cover.
Thank you all very much.
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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby lucy » Fri Dec 23, 2005 09:32 pm

Adding my welcome also, good luck.

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Re : Any one else have Pre-eclempsia early on?

Postby melissam » Fri Dec 23, 2005 08:44 pm

I don't have anything to add. Everyone has covered everything beautifully. I just wanted to add my welcome and well wishes to you also. I hope things get better soon.


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