I'm 17 weeks PG and for the last two weeks I've been swelling (feet, ankles, legs, wrists and hands). The other day my b/p, which is usually a consistent 110/70, was at 146/110. I was seeing spots and had a tremendous headache. (I've been having a lot of headaches lately too). I called my midwife and they took me in within a couple of hours.
I do not have protein in the urine; however she did say that it's too early for that to happen. They are watching me for preeclampsia because I have the following symptoms: lower back pain almost daily, headaches almost daily, swelling (sometimes really bad other times just slight) vision issues (seeing spots), strong reflexes and sometimes I get a cramp under the right side of my ribs. My weight pre-pregnancy was great and I've only gained 4 pounds so far.
Basically I've been told there's really no way to stop preeclampsia but it is manageable. Is this correct?
Apparently, I'm at risk because this is my first pregnancy and while I have never had high blood pressure, both my mother and father do.
I've been taking rest breaks when I'm not feeling well and drinking more water than I usually do and drinking clear juices (as per the advice of my midwife). I'm also being very concious of my salt intake.
I'm monitoring my b/p and sometimes it's high and sometimes it's normal. Do you have to have consistently high blood pressure to have preeclampsia?
Thanks so much ~ Wendy