by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Tue Jul 27, 2010 02:50 pm
With my first child (third pregnancy), it was discovered that I had preeclampsia when I was 36 weeks pregnant at a regular OB check-up (my BP was through the roof, protein in urine, severely swollen, gained 11lbs in a week due to water gain). I was induced immediately, and via a successful c-section, my daughter arrived Jan 11, 2009. I was put on blood pressure medication for about 6 weeks afterwards until my BP returned to normal. Eight months later I was in the emergency room with heart complications. After going to a cardiologist, it was discovered that I had a sinus exit block. According to my cardiologist, it was nothing to be concerned about and that I should go about my life as normal and it was okay for me to have more babies. I am now currently 18 weeks pregnant and I'm using my same OB and they know about my heart condition. My OB (all 4 docs in the practice) have all assured me that my risk for preeclampsia in this pregnancy is very low because it is my second successful pregnancy and it is with the same father. Is this true? Have there been recent studies that show this? Or is my risk the same or higher in this pregnancy? And is there anything I should be watching out for with my heart during/after this pregnancy? I don't know if this helps or hurts my risk, but preeclampsia runs in my family (my maternal grandmother and aunt had it).