I am 23 weeks pregnant with my second daughter. Unfortunately I am back here. I don’t believe I ever posted about the outcome of my previous pregnancy, so I will give you all a little background and then get into what is going on in this current pregnancy. PLEASE oh wise ladies, give me some feedback!
My daughter Brielle was born in July 2011. Around 20 weeks my blood pressure started to go wonky and I had some strange symptoms that I was concerned about. My OB at the time was not concerned in the least, so I went to my family practitioner who sent me immediately to an OB at her practice. This OB was great and genuinely concerned. He had me on weekly visits from that point on. At my 20 week ultrasound, we found that Brielle was only in the 26th percentile. Not bad, but small. My blood pressure continued to stay high but stable. I had ultrasounds every visit, and OB would check B’s growth every couple of weeks. She was steadily declining in her growth. She went from 26% to 12% to 8% to below the charts.
As far as protein, I had a baseline done at 6 weeks because of an underlying condition of a crushed artery. It was at 0. When my blood pressure started skyrocketing around 25 weeks, I started weekly 24 hour urine tests. That stayed at 0 until 27 weeks, where it rose to a low, 81. 30 weeks it was at 208 and 33 weeks 289. All under the cut off for pre-e. But my blood pressures went from 140-160/90-100 around 25 weeks and got up to 160-170/100-110 towards the end. I was on nifedipine, and then switched to labetelol somewhere down the road. I was in the hospital on and off this whole time, and having biweekly NSTs because of B’s size.
Finally, at 36 weeks when I had a growth scan for the first time since 33 weeks (for whatever reason) we realized that B had not gained any weight at all in the last 3 weeks. We scheduled induction for the next week. Why we waited a week I don’t know…So Brielle had a whole month of no growth. She was born at 4 lbs 15oz. Completely healthy and strong as can be, but tiny. She wasn’t on the charts at all. Now, at 2 years old she is still a tiny peanut, and just made it into the first percentile! Onto now!
This pregnancy has seemed pretty decent. My blood pressure never fully returned to normal, and fluctuated between normal and 130/90ish. So I got back on blood pressure meds (labetelol) right away, and it kept my bp to normal for the most part. Until the past couple of weeks. Especially this last one, it has been 155-160/85-95 all week. So my OB had me come in on Tuesday. He sent me home with my first 24 hour urine for this pregnancy! Oh what fun! Anyways, my results from that came back today and the nurse said its “within normal limits,” and was very hesitant to give me a number. She knew that I knew my stuff and would be concerned. So finally I called back and she gave it to me. My protein is at 23 weeks is 201. Of course under the cut off, but that’s where I was at 30 weeks with Brielle! And I was on moderate bedrest then from 25ish weeks and strict bedrest where I couldn’t even sit up from 30 weeks! So 7 weeks of laying ALL the time. Is that what is in store for me again (with a toddler)? Or is this a faster moving pre-e?? I’m so worried about both the baby and myself! Or is this not even a time to be concerned yet, since the protein isn’t over 300? I know it goes into the thousands so I feel like complaining about 200 and being scared of that may be silly. As far as symptoms go, I have had “the” horrible headache, getting worse every day, lots of floaters in my eyes- I call them ants because that’s what it looks like for me, some ankle swelling which could just be normal, and I just absolutely know when my blood pressure goes up, I can feel it. My pulse has been extremely high (before I became anxious over all this) and sometimes I find it hard to breathe. Please, tell me honestly- do I have a reason to be concerned? And has anyone had a story similar in any way? I would love some insight, advice, or stories! Thank you so much for being here for me AGAIN to fall back on! I love the support on this site! <3