Hi everyone. Newbie here!
A quick backstory before I get to my question. I have a 6 y/o daughter with my ex husband. At around 30 weeks I was taken out on bedrest and monitored due to "Pregnancy Induced Hypertension" and spilling protein in my urine. I do not know the amount. My blood pressure had been steadily rising since the 6 month mark... I had severe vision issues (spots / blurry / etc) and omg the swelling. I went in for pre-term labor just prior to being taken out on bedrest. At my follow up appointment, I had gained 9lbs (it had been a week) and they took me out on bedrest "just to be safe".
I had my daughter via c-section at 38 weeks. I cannot remember what my BP readings were in the weeks leading to the c-section (it was scheduled, not emergency). When I was in the OR delivering my baby, my BP was 170/90. I remember that clearly.
I stayed in the hospital for a week while they monitored my BP (it wouldn't drop). I'm normally, unfailingly, a 110/60. Despite all of the above signs, my doctors at the time (a huge practice) fought me on the diagnosis. They wouldn't listen to me as I pointed out with concern my slowly creeping BP. They have always maintained I simply had "PIH" and that the bedrest was just a precaution. I was naive and never thought to pursue a second opinion, and as such... I never really stressed the whole time. I just thought I had bad swelling and they were just "being careful".
Jump forward 7 years... I'm currently 17 weeks pregnant (with my now-hubby). My doctor (different, small practice with 2 OBs) is much more proactive and concerned. She knows my history (though has not seen my records b/c the prior practice wont send them... another story). They did a "baseline 24-hour urine protein" test last week. I got the results back yesterday... and I was at 300. They've now referred me to a MFM (I go Monday) for "severe pre-eclampsia". I am, needless to say, freaking out.
I don't know what my BP was yesterday when I was in their office. I went in due to severe cramps and increased fluid discharge and was promptly sent to the ER. By the time they took my BP in the ER it was 124/80. However, by the end of the visit (afteR I got the "everything is just fine" talk from the doctor) it was 124/60. Systolic is still slightly elevated over my normal 110, but no where near the danger zone yet.
So, in a long way, I'm asking how freaked out should I be. I know it's nearly impossible to be diagnosed with pre-e before 20 weeks. Is the protein in my urine a sign of impending doom or are my doctors just being extra careful? Has anyone else had protein so high but gone on to develop pre-e much later? I'm desperately afraid I'm going to develop it over the next few weeks and lose my little boy. Is there anything I can pro-actively do to prevent pre-e?
Okay, so that was WAY more than just protein-in-urine. I'm sorry. I'm scared and alone over here and don't know what to think.