by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Thu Feb 21, 2008 08:41 pm
I had severe pre-eclampsia during my first pregnancy and had to deliver at 33 weeks. My blood pressure was at 199/113 and protein was at (if I remember correctly, as those numbers mean nothing to me, 9++). My son was 2 pounds, due to IUGR, and was very sick. I was 33 at the time. Tests were made and it turned out I have antiphospholipids syndrome. When this happened, my doctor told me it would be best if I didn't get pregnant again, but if I did, to make an appointment with her as soon as the pregnancy was confirmed. Now, at age 38, I am pregnant again, but the hospital situation being what it is where I live, I am unable to get an appointment with an ob before I am at 15 weeks. Is this situation safe? Without professional care, what are the signs I should be looking for? (When I had pre-eclampsia the last time, it was discovered by my doctor by chance during a routine checkup. I felt nothing wrong.) Is there a big risk for blood clots early in the pregnancy? Pre-eclampsia showing up before my first appointment? After being cured from pre-e the first time, my blood pressure remained slightly lower than it had been pre-pregnancy (it is now at around 100/60). Is this a good sign, or does it mean nothing? Please advise, as I am feeling very scared.