Hi everyone, I've been lurking on this site for a while but this is the first time I am posting. I have really appreciated reading everyone's posts and stories. They have helped me a lot during my current pregnancy. By way of background, in my last pregnancy, I went in for a routine OB appointment at 24 weeks and that was the first time I heard of preeclampsia. (Guess I was pretty clueless.) I lasted 3 more weeks before the doctors decided my condition was severe enough that I needed to deliver right away. My son was born at 27.5 wks via c-section and was just over 2lbs. He stayed in the NICU for 10 weeks. The whole experience and my recovery after was just awful and I really wasn't sure if I wanted to risk getting pregnant again. My blood pressure also never went back to normal so I now have chronic hypertension.
Fast forward a few years and I am pregnant with a little girl. I was pretty anxious and worried at first but finally started to relax with this pregnancy after the 27 week mark, since I was initially most anxious about developing PE even earlier than last time. I am now at 32 weeks and things have actually been going well so far. I have been taking labetalol, folic acid and LDA since becoming pregnant. My BPs have been pretty stable, especially in the 2nd trimester. However, this week (at 32 weeks), I've started getting some higher readings (130/80s) and a few have creeped into the 140/90 territory. So far no protein in urine and no other symptoms, although I have noticed some swelling in my feet recently but that might be a normal pregnancy thing? My doctors are aware of my situation and I am going in for weekly NSTs/fetal monitoring and am confident that I am getting good care. However, I'm just so disappointed that this may be happening again. Right now, I have a scheduled c-section in mid-August (at 38 wks) and was really hoping to make it until then. Of course, I am extremely grateful to have made it this far already, but I really was hoping for an uneventful pregnancy this time around, given that it will most likely be my last time getting pregnant. I also want my daughter to be healthy and chubby from day 1.
If anyone has any advice or words of support, I'd really appreciate it. Just feeling a little down and anxious right now...
2007 - Miscarriage at 14 wks
2008 - Son born at 27wks due to severe PE
2012 - Baby girl due in late August.