by laura (5139 Posts), Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:15 am
Hey Jaime- is it too late to move?[:p] Seriously though, your town may not have any other obs available, but how far is it to the nearest one in another town? It is worth the drive...Who you should be seeing is a perinatologist- check out http://www.nasshp.org for perinatologists that specialize in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
Imho, it's never too early to start taking your pressures. What you can do is log them and watch for trends, so if it starts to rise, you have something to compare it to. Right now you're in your second trimester,and pregnancy BP's usually drop during the 2nd tri. If it doesn't drop, that's a sign that they need to watch you closely for problems again.
Yes, chances are that pe won't happen again- but your hypertension set in pretty darn early last time, and that may be an indication that you may be prone to problems with underlying hypertension, in which case you are at increased risk of getting it again. The problem is, even if you're charting your pressures and checking your protein, if your doc won't work with you, she may not listen to you if the signs come again because it doesn't follow the pattern she's familiar with- that's what happened to me- I was told it wouldn't happen twice, and half way through pg #2, I started getting sick earlier than the first, panicked, and the providers I was seeing told me it was "normal" Well, Baloney. Run away. Fast. I wouldn't let the providers who told me that junk deliver my cat's kittens, much less my baby.
If it's too far to travel to another doc (and being a resident of the vast wilderness of Alaska, I am less likely to believe that of you lower 48 girls-- I actually travelled a couple of thousand miles out of state to consult a perinatologist) call and badger them for a consult at the other docs office- tell the doc that you're desperate- you're terrified of getting sick and only they can help you.
And if there's anything we can do to help let us know!... Check out the regional chapters that are forming, and see if there's any other members in your area you can talk to. The women here are WONDERFUL.
At any rate- I hope your pregnancy stays healthy, and be sure to let us know how you're doing!
Allie 5-13-98 (35 weeks-pre-e)
Baby Camille 4-17-03 (36 weeks- htn and oligo)