Hi everyone. I'm 33 and pregnant with number 3. There is over 6 years' difference between our last child and this one.
The first two were difficult pregnancies. I had partial placenta abruption with both, the first pregnancy being the worst. I had low hcg levels with the first one and this one. I had preterm labor with the first one. Amniotic fluid levels decreased with both of my first two until I had to be induced because there was almost no fluid left. The placentas with both were small as well as the cords.
I always have had good blood pressure, but with this pregnancy it rose from 110/62 to 145/75 pretty quickly. I also didn't swell with my first two except just a little bit in my hands and my face, but with this one I've been so swollen that I had to go up in a shoe size and my wedding ring can't even rotate on my finger let alone come off and none of my hats even fit on my head. I gained about 15 pounds in a week last month and my weight has gone up so quickly it's embarrassing. I started at 165 and now I'm 225!! That's the worst for me because I'm not even due for another month!
I'm unrecognizable now. My face and eyes are so swollen. My vision has progressively gotten worse this entire pregnancy until now it's so bad I can barely focus on anything. I sometimes see stars in my vision which just adds to it.
I've had a dull headache and a plugged nose and abdominal pain I can't quite describe.
Finally, after complaining about all of this to my OBs and them never taking me seriously, even though I KNEW something was wrong, my urine showed protein. I had noticed that regardless of how much water I drank, my urine got darker every day and even smelled. I suspected maybe an infection but there was none. My blood pressure then measured 156/96 and around there three different times and on different cuffs.
So that OB ordered a 24 hr urine analysis. Protein was in my urine. Blood work didn't come back bad, though, which surprised me a little. My OB told me I will be induced at 37 weeks, which is a relief to me since this baby is HUGE and my body has literally had enough. I use a wheelchair because the pain of walking and moving is unbearable, plus it makes me swell up twice as much and my BP goes up very easily.
Now after that lengthy background and info (sorry so long!!), I was wondering if it's normal to be diagnosed with pre-e but then have your blood pressure go up and down. My lowest BP has been 130/73, and my highest since that initial diagnosis has been 153/92 just last night. I heard it's not pre-e if blood pressure fluctuates like this. Is that true?
Also, with my increased swelling and visual problems and serious mental retardation issues (not joking, I have serious brain fuzz going on), is this enough for a definite diagnosis, plus protein in the urine? And if so, would it be too far fetched an idea to request or even insist on being hospitalized? I'm almost 36 weeks, and am supposedly going to be induced on May 8th. I'm due May 29th. Should I make sure they give me steroid shots or meds at this point?
And last, my skin has gotten worse and worse. I'm covered in bumps and hives that itch, especially on my arms and legs. Is this or could this be part of pre-e as well, or something else entirely?
Thanks in advance for any help or direction you give me!! My OBs don't seem to have the answers or the care I need.
Lisa 33, Tyler 33.
Lacie Marie 12/27/03 induced at 41 weeks due to no amniotic fluid.
Sophie Jean 03/02/06 induced at 37+2 weeks due to stopped growth, low fluid.
Liam Tyler 04/30/12 induced at 35+4 weeks due to preeclampsia complications.
I have been diagnosed with: Endometriosis, borderline PCOS, Interstitial Cystitis (IC), IBS, GERD, Gastritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, severe Sleep Apnea (rare form), Fibromyalgia, Depression/Anxiety, wide variety of allergies.