by julie f (7993 Posts), Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:27 am
Hi and welcome, congratulations on your pregnancy!
I am 8 months postpartum and still spilling protein in my urine. Although my blood pressure readings are quite normal, they are slightly higher than pre-pregnancy. It was recently explained to me that I have some residual damage from preeclampsia which is causing my kidneys to still dump the protein. More specifically, my blood vessels are still damaged and therefore "leaking", causing stress on the kidneys - causing the spilling of protein. I'm sure you can tell by my explanation that I have no medical background so, I would definitely ask your doctor about your issue! We're trying to get this under control before I get pregnant again but, I suspect that it may not completely resolve. I do think that some women spill protein throughout their entire pregnancy and it never progresses further than that but, I believe it does increase the risk of preeclampsia.
Are you seeing a high-risk OB? Please keep us updated!
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe
Southern California Coordinator