I came home from visiting my wife in hospital, and typed pre-eclampsia into google, and ended up here.
My name is Paul - I am 35, and live in a beautiful little picturesque village in England. My wife Sarah is 29, and as we speak is just shy of 34 weeks pregnant with our first child.
Last wednesday, my wife asked the midwife who was taking our parentcraft classes about how often she should feel the baby moving, as it had not moved in about 24 hours. midwife noticed that her feet were slightly swollen - blood pressure was taken (high), and a urine sample which had protein, and we were asked to visit the ante-natal ward at our local hospital the following day.
Thursday - we visited the hospital - blood pressure was lower (but still high) - no protein in the urine, baby's heartrate fine, but the ultrasound showed that the baby was in an extended breech position, and the ambiotic fluid was low, so is unlikley to turn.
Friday, we visited the consultant. no protein in the urine, blood pressure back to normal, but he is a little concerned about the lack of fluid. asked to visit the hospotal saturday and sunday for monitoring, and to see him again Monday. In the meantime, my wife has a swab taken, and given a steroid injection to speed up the baby's lung development in case it needs to be delivered early.
Saturday - baby's heart rate normal, no protein in the urine, blood pressure still normal. Second steroid injection.
Sunday, baby's heartrate normal, but protein in the urine again, and blood pressure high. They decide to keep her in. still puffy feet, and noticeably swolen face.
Today we saw the consulatant again - blood pressure high again, protein in the urine, feet still very swollen. The plan is to keep her in for the time being, and monitor her and the baby daily, almost certainly delivering her early by C.section because of the breach.
And that is about where we are right now - in a kind of limbo. I am fairly calm - calmer than I probably should be, but I figure the consultant knows best, and as he said, the best medical treatment the baby can get right now is in the womb. as soon as it stops being the best place, they will deliver it.
No-one has actually confirmed pre-eclampsia yet, but i'm guessing that it almost certainly is.
Anyway, it is nearly 1am here - i need some sleep - i still have dogs to walk in the morning and a business to run, and will visit my wife again tomorrow afternoon.