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Suggestions for how to keep pre-e at bay

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Suggestions for how to keep pre-e at bay

Postby elg » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:26 am

by elg (8 Posts), Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:26 am

I wanted to say hello as I am fairly new to this site. I was pregnant with my third child in May when I developed pre-e at 24 +3 weeks and had to deliver at 25 weeks. We were blessed to spend 7 days with our son before he passed away. As many of you know this has been an unimaginable painful experience for our entire family including our 6 and 8 year old daughters. My husband and I have decided to try again soon as it has now been almost 8 months. Our mfm has recommended waiting one year.
What do you suggest we do as far as prevention goes? I will be taking baby aspirin against the advice of my ob and one of my mfms. My other mfm (in the same practice) said to absolutely take it. I am unsure when to start it as I experience a lot of first trimester bleeding. In fact, I bleed almost the entire time. But I hate to wait until the second trimester as well. Advice? I also have had the clotting panel done and all came back negative. I will also be taking a folic acid supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamin and taking tums daily for the extra calcium.
I am hopeful that I can have a healthy pregnancy since I had 2 before and will now be monitored more closely. Any advice or suggestions would be great. Thank you.
Jacki
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Re: Suggestions for how to keep pre-e at bay

Postby Shannonlynn » Mon Jan 14, 2013 02:04 pm

by Shannonlynn (102 Posts), Mon Jan 14, 2013 02:04 pm

My suggestion is to review symptoms and get a good bp cuff. Take your bp twice daily, morning and evening. If you see any upward spikes, report it to your docs.Have you done a 24 hour urine collection? If not, request one to find out your baseline protein. Try to stay calm and rest as much as you are able. Hope that's some help.
Shannonlynn-mommy to Frederick Otto "Fritzy"
born May 6, 2011, became an angel one hour later
Severe PE at 24 weeks to the day
Gavin Walden born 8-4-12,lovenox, folgard, lda, prenatals. PE and HELLP free.
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Re: Suggestions for how to keep pre-e at bay

Postby elg » Tue Jan 15, 2013 08:22 pm

by elg (8 Posts), Tue Jan 15, 2013 08:22 pm

Thank you for your reply. I do have a good cuff and although I reported it to my ob last time, it took them 3 days to return my call. By then it was too late. Now I have switched to another ob and know to keep calling back if needed. My mfm did order a baseline/pre-pregnancy 24 hour urine so I completed that 3 weeks ago. Protein was 115 so within normal limits. I sure hope I can stay calm as I am afraid I will be a basketcase. I will try so hard though. I wonder if excerising will be beneficial or not. Also when should I take the aspirin. I have heard different opinions as to whether to take it during the first trimester or not until the second trimester. Thanks again!
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Re: Suggestions for how to keep pre-e at bay

Postby Shannonlynn » Tue Jan 15, 2013 08:37 pm

by Shannonlynn (102 Posts), Tue Jan 15, 2013 08:37 pm

I started taking LDA when I was ttc. My MFM said to do so. There is a theory that it helps with implantation. I think exercise is great and a good stress buster. I also fired my original obs and got a much better group the second time around. So, it sounds like you are prepared.
Shannonlynn-mommy to Frederick Otto "Fritzy"
born May 6, 2011, became an angel one hour later
Severe PE at 24 weeks to the day
Gavin Walden born 8-4-12,lovenox, folgard, lda, prenatals. PE and HELLP free.
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