New to the forum. Firstly I would like to say "Thank you" to everyone out there who have shared thier stories, experiences, and insight with regard to PE. This forum and website have been immensely helpful. THANK YOU!
My question is in regard to recurring PE. Did your subsequent pregnancy "feel" the same before you were diagnosed with PE a second time? Did it recur around the same gestational age? Were there indicators early on (like elevated AFP test or abnormal uterine doppler scans) that something was on the horizon?
I had severe PE and Class II HELLP Syndrome last time around (13 years ago - I'm 40 now.) I presented with symptoms at 26 weeks, hospitalized at 27 weeks. My son was delivered at 30 weeks. Currently I am seeing an MFM who put my risk of recurrence at about 30-40%. I am currently 27 weeks. I had an abnormal AFP result on the triple screen test (no abnormalities according to ultrasound...phew!) and my uterine doppler at 24 weeks showed both notching on the left side and absence of diastolic flow on the right. Baby is behind in growth (24th centile) - she's currently measuring at 24 weeks though I am 27 weeks along. No IUGR diagnosis as of yet. I have no underlying medical issues. My non-pregnant BP is on the low end (90-110/60). My BP's have been normal up until a couple weeks ago - I am now consistently in the 120-130/85 range. Not high enough to go in - but it's high for me. And they seem to be going consistently up. So far only trace protien in my urine.
I physically feel the same this pregnancy as I did with the last - which is in general pretty horrible. I have yet to experience the "honeymoon" phase of the second trimester I read so much about. I am convinced I am on the road to having PE again based on the abnormal results so far and on the way I feel physically in general when I compare it to my last pregnancy.
I guess I am looking for some reassurance that my anxiety about recurence is justified (and that I need to get on the ball and start shopping for car seats!) - either that or maybe I am putting too much weight on my past experience and current test results that may or may not indicate PE (depending on what study you are looking at - Grrrrr....)
I appreciate your thoughts.