newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby celticepona » Sat Sep 02, 2006 09:02 am

That sounds good and that your midwife is on top of things. I just echo to listen to your body. I was in a similar situation as you, and if you do not feel right, and if your gut tells you something is wrong, don't hesitate to "bug" your ob, because you know your body better than anyone!

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby carriebuum » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:56 am

Thanks for all of your support! This is the best site ever! My midwife is a CNM and OB, she mentioned me seeing another Dr. when I do the stress tests, so she must be ahead of my thoughts.
Thanks again!!

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby rachel a » Fri Sep 01, 2006 00:53 am

Carrie,

Hi and welcome to the forums. There's not much I can add to the other comments; just sending my best.

Keep us posted!

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby patty » Fri Sep 01, 2006 00:37 am

I know you are worried and feel all alone. Just try to stay calm and keep all your appointments so if things get worse they can catch it quickly. I know it is hard going every two or three days. That was the drill I did with my first 3 pregnancies. just hang in there. I also saw a midwife who refered to to high risk OB's My first 24 hr urine was borderline in the low 300's I would just make sure they rechecked it later to see if it was going up any.

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby kara » Thu Aug 31, 2006 07:07 pm

You've gotten great information from Akemt (Catherine). I was seeing midwives when I was diagnosed with pre-e and they were very experienced, but also understood their limits and handed my care over to the OB's, who in turn handed my care over to the Perinatologist. I loved my midwives, but especially because they wanted me to get the best care. Each level I worked with had more and better knowledge and information. If you were my sister, I would tell you to at least consult with an OB or Peri. You may be able to continue seeing your midwife (if she is a CNM), with supervision from the OB. Most women with a preeclampsia diagnosis need to be on Magnesium during delivery and afterwards, things like this a midwife is not able to administer. 33 weeks is a good place to be. Every additional week counts, so I hope you get the best care, what ever route you choose!

Many of us feel isolated and alone in regards to pre-e. Come here anytime, ask questions, vent, cry, talk, whatever you need to do!

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby akemt » Thu Aug 31, 2006 06:09 pm

Carrie,

Welcome to the forum! Because we can't predict how your condition will progress, I don't know how to answer your "How much should I worry?" question. The average time from onset to delivery is 2 weeks - but that is an average that encompasses both those who deliver just hours after diagnosis and those who deliver weeks after their diagnosis --not to mention everything in the middle! Thus said, I'm glad to hear you're already 33 weeks along and hope you are able to get a few more weeks under your pregnancy belt so that baby of yours can be born at full-term. Hmm, I guess my answer would be to be worried enough to inform yourself about preeclampsia, report any new or worsening symptoms ( http://www.preeclampsia.org/symptoms.asp ) immediately, and be sure that you are receiving the medical care and monitoring your condition requires.

It sounds as though your midwife has started the necessary monitoring, and that is good. While I am not a doctor and cannot tell you what you should do, were I in your situation, I would be getting in to see an OB soon (maybe even a perinatologist). It is my understanding that midwifes do not treat high-risk pregnancies and generally hand their clients over to an OB when they become high-risk. If your preeclampsia progresses, both you and the baby may very well need medical interventions that a midwife is not able to give. Some women have the option of a sort of compromise, with midwifes and OB's who are willing to work with the patient as a team so that you can get the bonuses of a midwife (the support, etc) and the medical knowledge and expertise of a doctor.

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Re : newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby browncow » Thu Aug 31, 2006 01:52 pm

Well, you've got plenty of folks to talk to now, welcome to the forum.

A good rule of thumb in dealing with pre-e and related disorders is this: if it doesn't feel right, do something about it! It's your body, you're more familiar with its daily workings, quirks, and functions than any doctor because you live in that skin, so don't hesitate when feeling out of whack to be a thorn in the doctor's side until you are checked up/out, and thoroughly satisfied with the end result.


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newly diagnosed with preeclempsia

Postby carriebuum » Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:10 am

Hello,
I am new at this, but have been reading this website for weeks, and finaly decided to join.
I was diagnosed with preeclempsia at 31 weeks and have been on bed rest now for 2 weeks. I had all the symptoms, heartburn, sudden weight gain (12 lbs in one month and 6 lbs in two weeks), headaches, high bp, etc. However no protein in the uring and the blood work for my kidneys and livers came back phenominal. I now have a bp machine at home in which I test myself, some days are really low and normal and other times very hihg. My highest has only been 149/76 My last aptmnt they found protein in my urine, so I had to take a 24 hr urine test. This came back with a 381 count, so now they will have me come in twice a week for ultrasounds and stress tests. How worried should I be at this point? I am seeing a midwife and she is very experienced and I trust her completely, but should I also be seeing a specialist? Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated. I am strugeling, here no one understands what I am going through, so I have no one to talk to.
Thanks
Carrie


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