by laura (5139 Posts), Sat Jan 10, 2004 12:06 am
Hi Jim, this must be so hard for you to be so far away while all of this is going on!
I searched the "Ask the Experts" section and found the upper limit of the recommended dose of nifedipine:
The best drugs are Labetalol and Nifedipine. The dose of labetalol can be increased to 2400/mg/d and nifedipine up to 120 mg/d. Good luck in your pregnancy.
It's good that her BP's are being controlled at a lower level, it gives them somewhere to go. Often, they'll use the indicators of severe preeclampsia to deliver women, but since your wife is so remote from her due date, they may wait for signs of other things as well.
In the 24 hour urine- normal is 0-150 mg protein, preeclampsia is diagnosed at 300, severe preeclampsia is diagnosed at 5,000 (or 5 grams) Even if she does have as much as 5 grams of protein, they may not decide to deliver her on protein alone, and may wait for signs of visual disturbance, signs that her blood clotting is starting to get impaired, kidney disease, etc.
Hang in there, and let us know how you guys are doing!
Allicia 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)