by sherry fisher (384 Posts), Mon Mar 29, 2004 05:14 am
I was told too that it was rare! I had severe post partum PE. Right at the end of my PG I started spilling +1 protein in my urine and started to swell. I already had an induction date a few days out, so my OB did not worry about it very much. When my son was one week old, we decided to go to my parents for the day. All the way there I had a horrid headache that would not go away. When I got there I took my BP and it was not bad. Finially after visiting for a couple of hours...I had to go home and rest. The headache was the worst! We went home and it never went away. I had some pain pills that we had, they did not help. About 9pm, I finially had DH take me to the ER to be checked. THinking it was just a headache:) I got there and they STILL thought I was pregnant, as my DH was parking the car with the baby and the stroller. My BP upon admission was 222/169 (I will NEVER forget that #) They freaked. The triage nurse immediately called the Doc out to the triage area. They took me back immediately! Got my urine sample. My BP's stayed high for about 4 hours. They wanted to fly me to a hospital in St Louis, but the fog stopped them. They had to wait for me to stabelize and be transferred by ambulance. I was put on MAG and morphine. In which I had an allergic reaction to the morphine. So, I had nothing for my headaches. I remember not taking my eyes off the BP monitor because I just knew that with #'s that high I was going to have a stroke or heart attack! A Doc or nurse never left my room the WHOLE time I was there. They did do a urine sample while there, but I dont remember what that protein level was. Once my BP's went down a little, they did tranfer me. I was in the hospital for a week. 2 days of which were spent in ICU. My MIL had to care for my newborn. DH would bring him to the hospital for a few hours during the day. I think that hurt me the most! At my 6 week checkup I was taken off all BP meds and was fine!
After this, I made up my mind to do everything possible to educate myself on this disease! Then I got pregnant again.....I do have PE now, but not as severe. With my history my OB does not want to take any chances, we are in the process of amnios until her lungs are mature enough to deliver. I am on meds throughout this PG as well. I must mention that in my PP PE PG I did not run high BP's. My BP's were great. I was put on BP meds with this one at 8 weeks. With a BP of 130/86. Again, not taking any chances!
Sherry Fisher (28)
DH: Bill (35)
Proud Mama to:
#1) Alex 1/1/94-PE
#2) Abbie 12/17/97-PIH
#3 Will 08/03/02-PP PE
#4) EDD: 4/27/04 - Allyson Mae
Pregnancy Updates, ultrasound pictures, and the countdown: http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/b/babyfish4/