The little peanuts will be 18 mos. apart - ahhh! :) Needless to say, this one took us by surprise.
Pregnancy with Avery was relatively "normal." I went on bedrest at 30 weeks for preterm labor, nothing associated with PE. Bp's were fine during pregnancy and delivery. I developed symptoms right after delivery but was too in awe of the little one to pay attention of how I was feeling. Looking back, classic signs: gained 25 lbs. after delivery, severe edema, hyperreflexia, etc. Calls to the Dr. said swelling was normal due to IV's in delivery. Finally, concerned family members "forced" me to the doctor where I immediately was sent to ER and then seven more days in the hospital some of which in critical condition.
I was a young(ger) :) healthy first-time mom with no previous history of high BP (normal was 90/60). I've since discovered probable chronic htn unleashed by pregnancy. I went on atenolol with this pregnancy after a series of PE tests done by my peri. BP wasn't too bad but cardiac output and resting pulse were off the charts (a sign that PE would most likely arise). I feel much better now and have another visit in a few weeks with my peri (I travel over 200 miles to see him). Definitely worth the peace of mind. I should mention I also have an OB in town :)
Amanda, I'll definitely be thinking of you during your pregnancy. Keep me updated on your progress.