I developed preeclampsia while in labor with my 1st born, at 38w4d. My blood pressure was elevated but not technically high at the prenatal appointment prior, and no protein at that time. My diagnosis came 3 hours before he was born, and I had no need for BP meds.
With my second child, I had some increasing BP around 37-38w, but it went back down and was only borderline high (wanting to say 130s/90, though 90 is technically high for diastolic). I went into labor at 40w1d and started out with 140/90 pressure, and it just went up from there along with protein. She was born fairly fast and my diagnosis came after she was born, though the blood was drawn while I was still pregnant and it showed 600 whatever units of protein. Roughly 12 hours after she was born, my BP went to the severe range and they lowered it with IV labetelol. That was all I needed.
My first two children are 24m apart. My third child will be roughly 2y9m younger than my middle child.
Now I'm 36w5d with my third. Last week, my blood pressure decided to take a huge jump and I'm taking oral labetelol to control it. Protein is fine now as far as I know. This is definitely earlier than I had trouble with the others. I'm going to the OB tomorrow for NST and ultrasound and will potentially induce at 37w if I can get my OB on board with that HYPITAT study.
Wish this didn't happen for all of my pregnancies! And this time, I wish I was already full term and in labor as before! Perhaps I'll still avoid preeclampsia, maybe I'll just get away with gestational hypertension. :/
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.