by crocusgirl (26 Posts), Wed May 16, 2012 05:00 pm
Things I did differently -
Before we even tried for #2, we met with the MFM who treated me with baby #1, to learn if trying again was even a good idea. She thought I was a good candidate, and advised me to start doing low-dose aspirin as soon as I got pregnant, which I did. I also took calcium supplements too, as apparently calcium can have some anti-hypertensive effects. As soon as I was pregnant, I was seen by the PE/HELLP clinic at our women's hospital, where they did a bunch of bloodwork and I had 3 scans to check for "notching". By 24 weeks, my notching was basically gone, and I was told I could stop taking the aspirin. Other than that, I am just hypervigilant. Any time I feel funny, I wander over to the pharmacy and take my blood pressure. I check for signs of swelling, and I bought myself the urine test sticks and do that every couple of days. So far this pregnancy has been totally different. I have had very minor swelling in my feet, only when I have been on them too long, no sign of protein and my BP has been sticking right around 100/60. Last time, it was 155/110 right before I was admitted to hospital, and my feet were monsterous (as were hands and face). I guess the universe just smiled on us this time. I hope it stays that way. The doctors are still keeping an eye for creeping BP as I get closer to the end, but so far, so good.
Severe PE/HELLP - diagnosed 31 weeks, Violet born 32 weeks - April 23, 2010 - 2.5 lb (IUGR). 5 weeks in NICU, home and going strong.