Good day everyone,
My wife carried our fourth child full term and delivered him,
all 11 lbs. 4 oz, on September 5, 2006. The last few weeks of the pregnancy, her BP was elevated slightly, and no excessive protiens in the urine. During labor, she was closely monitored by our midwife. After delivery, her BP did not settle back to her traditional 120's/80's. It remained 150ish/90's.Six days after delivery, she went back for a 1 week check up. The night before, she had been up all night with a severe headache and had noticed vision alterations. At the check up, her BP was measured and recorded as 190/160. The midwife referred us to a physician, who measured my wife an hour later at 160/90. The physician prescribed Labetalol....My wife is an avid believer in breastfeeding and after reading the prescrition insert, has chosen not to take it. (It states that Labetalol is transferred into breastmilk and can cause adverse reactions to an infant) We have been monitoring her BP at home and combatting this new ailment with rest, and calcium/magnesium supplements. Her BP is
holding steady at 135-150/80-90....She has not "officially" been diagnosed with post partum preeclampsia(we are awaiting lab work results), but after reading on this forum, it sure sounds like it to me....My question is, can this condition be expected to be a long term
problem? If not, what is an average recovery time? Preeclampsia is something I'm just learning about. What are some of the things I, as an uneducated husband, should be on the look out for?