I am really glad to have found my ob and I get my ultrasound on Halloween. Not a great day, but I'll take it. I am a bit concerned as to why I am large for date. I don't relish having twins and going through twice the risk, or at least increased risk of going through this all over again.
I did actually do some research on bp meds, and though I know it is still very controvercial, I feel it would have helped me a great deal. I know it does not get rid of pe, but I think it can help things go a bit longer, as long as your are watchful. My bp's did hit 160/105 in the ob's office and 180/110 at home, but all my ob told me to do was lie down on my left side. I didn't even know there was another option. I've checked around on the "Ask the Experts" area of this site and asked some questions, and I feel pretty good about going the route of the bp lowering meds if pe does strike again. If it does mask the symptoms of high bp and maybe protein in urine, then I'm with the experts on this forum and feel those are pretty good things to mask.
I did discuss the need for more careful monitoring with my ob, taking into consideration that bp's would indicate lower than they were showing up. She also talked about a home monitoring program that would have daily check in with nurses and my at home monitoring. Honestly, I'd just like to look at any route that would help me avoid the same or worse results than my last pregnancy.
It wasn't just the peri's view about not treating high bp's with antihypertensives unless there was chronic hypertension that made him, what I thought, was uncompassionate, but it was his entire lack of trying to help me deal with any of my concerns other than my gestational diabetes, which I have under fair control and am watching carefully. He wasn't helpful with my headaches, he didn't seem concerned about my previuos pe and his attitude seemed to be that previous pe was not something to be overly concerned about. Whenever I tried to steer the discussion back to pe, he just pretty much skirted my efforts. I left with a feeling that it was practically a waste of time. I'm sure there are many wonderful peri's out there. I have read about some of them in this forum, but mine was not one of them. I just felt all around, like he didn't care, and was too busy taking care of "really" sick women to bother with my concerns. He actually said the kind of women he sees in his practice are so sick that it would make me "not want to be pregnant," indicating that pe and gd were not that big a deal.
I'm pretty happy with my current ob/nurse practitioner and care, but I'm certainly not lulled in any way. I will be very watchful. But for the first time since I started having those familiar symptoms, headaches, swelling, weight gain, feeling horid, I am feeling a sense of hope that maybe I can have this baby safe and sound, and this is my goal. I will continue to keep close to this wonderful resource to get me through the long weeks ahead to a hopefully happy result.
Jared - 12/26/00
induced 35 1/2 weeks
due to pe