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I need to get my head on straight

Postby kaxy » Thu Sep 05, 2013 02:44 pm

by kaxy (98 Posts), Thu Sep 05, 2013 02:44 pm

Tomorrow (Sept. 6) marks 35w for me. So far, so good, though I've had a few questionable BP readings at home lately (which I've shared with my doctor of course). Last night I had a 137/91, I went to the bathroom and laid down for a little bit and it was back to a better range. But still, ugh! Don't wanna see numbers go up like that.

Everything on paper is going as it should this time. I'm measuring appropriately, my weight gain is fine, protein is fine (dipstick tests). I *should* be comforted by that, but I'm still feeling some anxiety.

I feel like a ticking time bomb, ya know?

My OB hasn't scheduled any extra ultrasounds or tests or anything. I guess that's ok? I mean, as of now I'm fine. I'm starting weekly appointments now.

I don't have an induction scheduled, though that could happen between 39-40w if everything else is still normal. That part is a bit stressful for me, too. Oh, and thinking about laboring or just plain being on mag. Rotten stuff.

I think I just need to get in the mindset that what will be will be, and try to think positive. It's hard, though!
DS born Dec. 2008 at 38.5w gestation. Mild PE diagnosed 3 hours before he was born
DD born Dec. 2010 at 40w1d. BP was slightly elevated since 37w, and climbed while in labor (started on my own). Severe PE diagnosed hours after DD born.
DD born Sept. 2013 at 38w. Induced (and I had to fight for it!) due to high blood pressure. No protein, but had brisk reflexes and clonus after delivery. Doc gave me a mild preeclampsia diagnosis anyway and said I'm likely to be a chronic hypertensive later in life.
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Re: I need to get my head on straight

Postby sam10 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 07:20 pm

by sam10 (1437 Posts), Thu Sep 05, 2013 07:20 pm

Hang in there. :-) You are almost there. What does your doctor say about your elevated BP readings? Did you get call-in numbers and/or under which circumstances you'd be delivered?
~Julija (40)
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


Our pain has been put into words, placed into empty cradles, to remember that all our babies lived, that they mattered and always will. - Field of Cradles http://www.fieldofcradles.org/
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Re: I need to get my head on straight

Postby kaxy » Thu Sep 05, 2013 08:13 pm

by kaxy (98 Posts), Thu Sep 05, 2013 08:13 pm

Trying to! :). My doctor said if I get another reading like that, to go to the bathroom and lay down for 15 minutes or so, and take it again. And if I'm getting something higher than 140/90 to call it in.

Not sure if that would mean delivery, but I think they'll go from there based on those numbers. So glad I have a cuff at home -- it's really handy!
DS born Dec. 2008 at 38.5w gestation. Mild PE diagnosed 3 hours before he was born
DD born Dec. 2010 at 40w1d. BP was slightly elevated since 37w, and climbed while in labor (started on my own). Severe PE diagnosed hours after DD born.
DD born Sept. 2013 at 38w. Induced (and I had to fight for it!) due to high blood pressure. No protein, but had brisk reflexes and clonus after delivery. Doc gave me a mild preeclampsia diagnosis anyway and said I'm likely to be a chronic hypertensive later in life.
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Re: I need to get my head on straight

Postby sam10 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 09:07 pm

by sam10 (1437 Posts), Thu Sep 05, 2013 09:07 pm

Oh good, you have clear instructions. I always found that so very helpful. Just don't go crazy with that cuff ;)
~Julija (40)
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


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Re: I need to get my head on straight

Postby princess purr » Fri Sep 06, 2013 06:04 am

by princess purr (1092 Posts), Fri Sep 06, 2013 06:04 am

Good news is the second time you had it, it was later then the first time, so hopefully you will just skip preeclampsia all together. I can totally relate to the ticking time bomb feeling, I am very much at that stage in my pregnancy!
Val (34) & Carlos (32)
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Veronica Rosina, 11/25/2004-11/27/2004
Born at 26.5 weeks (1 lb 4oz, 14 inches) because of severe preeclampsia (doc says I was on my way to HELLP but not there yet)
Nicholas Robert, 11/22/2013 7 lb 7oz 19.5 inches, born at 36 weeks (due to previous classical c-section) PE FREE!!!!!!
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