by akemt (4961 Posts), Wed Dec 03, 2003 05:02 pm
Diana, I'm glad you found this website! I have found great information and support here and expect you will find the same.
My name is Catherine (not a doctor [;)]) and 9 months ago I had my daughter, 3 weeks early by induction, because of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH). PIH is like preeclampsia in that your blood pressure rises, but I had no protein in my urine. When I was first diagnosed my blood pressures (and swelling too) fluctuated quite a bit. My BP would go anywhere from 110/70 to 160/110 (on rare occasion, though as I was immediately put on strict bedrest for a condition caused by the higher BP called Oligohydramniosis). Perhaps that is a bit too much info at once! Sorry. Anyway, your blood pressure appears to be in the PIH range, Preeclampsia is diagnosed when you have both raised BP and protein in your urine (2+ , I beleive, on a urine dip stick test). 32 weeks is a great place to be, though obviously we all want you to make it to 40 weeks!
A diagnosis of PIH requires two BP's at or above 140/90 atleast a half hour apart (and the PE blood pressure requirement is the same, but with the addition of the proteinuria). IS THAT RIGHT LADIES??? I hope I got that right.
As to how your doctor will treat your PE if you do have it is hard to say. Some suggest bedrest, some don't and a "no salt" diet is no longer recommended...just normal salt intake. Normally if your bp stays in the 150/100 range you will either be delivered or medicated. That is a question to ask your doctor. Be sure his answer is one that you are comfortable with and that you understand fully. Also, now is a good time to do your last minute baby preparations just in case. I made it 8 weeks past my diagnosis date, but that is often not the case with many women. So little is known about the disease that it is difficult to predict.
Become familiar with the signs and symptoms of PE a list can be found at:
and watch closely for anything new or any changes in severity. PE can change dramatically in only a few hours so keeping a close watch out is important. I would also suggest keeping tack of your blood pressure...whether by going to the drug store (they tend to have automatic BP machines) or getting your own BP cuff.
Good luck! Keep us well updated and feel free to ask any more questions!
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo