Anybody else not have PE symptoms and just start seizing?

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Re: Anybody else not have PE symptoms and just start seizing

Postby fiveisanawfullybignumber » Sat Mar 19, 2011 03:39 pm

Thanks for your reply. It's so good to 'meet' someone who understands what happened. So glad your boys are thriving. :D
Apparently by booking BP with midwife was 100/70, to be honest I realy think she could have written it down wrong as I'm usually about 60 diastolic same as you. In the UK we now have new NICE guidelines to say if the changes are above 15 then to be monitored more carefully.
I had my hospital debrief on Thursday, they basically said it could not have been predicted or prevented, it was a true Eclamptic event, followed by the symptoms.
I won't be having any more babies now, I've done my thing 5 times now and my eldest has just started University (college for you i think), so I have enough on my hands. Plus my husband booked in for his vasectomy the day we came home from hospital. I think a week looking after 4 of them and thinking his wife was going to die and leave him with 5 was the spur that he needed. He'd always refused before, that's how we went over our magic number of 4. ;)
I have Florence's 10m development check on Monday, just know I'm going to end up a gibbering wreck with the health visitor. Thankfully she knows me from previous children and knows I'm not always like this, just with my little miracle dud. :oops:

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Re: Anybody else not have PE symptoms and just start seizing

Postby aajatwins » Sat Mar 19, 2011 02:40 pm

Eclampsia is definitely just the seizures, exactly like the word means. I was confused for a long time about what happened to me because of all the other stories I read on here. Mine is similar to yours, although everyone's is truly different.
My twin boys were my first pregnancy, so I had no previous experience to base anything off of (and really didn't know anyone else who had been pregnant with twins, it doesn't run in mine or my husbands families). I had creeping BPs (my normal is 90/60) from about 22 weeks, I think. My husband would always ask if it was getting a little too high and we were always told that it was high for me, but "not that high." I had no reason to believe differently, I trusted my doctors. I struggled with preterm labor from week 28 on, so my OB finally agreed to induce at 36 weeks. The two days before induction, I had a headache that wouldn't go away. The night before induction, I saw "stars" when I was in the shower. I had horrible swelling in the last week. But it was July and I was pregnant with twins and I'm only 5 feet tall, so all of that seemed pretty normal to me. At induction, the nurse told me my BP was kind of high (138/85) and asked if I'd had a headache or any vision changes - I told her those things and she just said that they would watch me. I got my epidural and had my water broken and things were progressing quickly. I was at 5cm just about 45 minutes later. Then I had a seizure and went unresponsive. They did an emergency c-section and as soon as the 2nd baby was out, I seized again and was put under general anesthesia while they did an MRI and found an ICU that would give me anti-seizure drugs. I was out for most of the day. I spent 2 days in the ICU and then got moved back to L&D, where one of my twin boys came to stay in the room with us. My BPs were unstable for the next 3 days, but I was sent home after that and haven't had any trouble with it since.
So I did have symptoms, but no one recognized them and I didn't know enough about PE to know what they were. Looking back, can you think of any times you had any symptoms like that before labor? I know it's hard to remember after the fact, especially with a traumatic delivery! It kind of makes everything cloudy.
I'm glad you and baby are both ok. My boys never showed signs of distress and none of my complications had any affect on them at all. I'm so thankful for that.
Anna (28) - endometriosis
Hubby (27)
Aidan & Jordan - 7.2.09 at 36 weeks. Induction turned emergency c-section due to eclampsia. big healthy toddlers today!
Asa - 10.23.11 at 39 weeks. NO hypertensive issues!! successful VBAC :)

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Anybody else not have PE symptoms and just start seizing?

Postby fiveisanawfullybignumber » Fri Mar 18, 2011 03:58 pm

Hi, new here, based in the UK but not much in the way of an active support forum over here.
Had no proper PE symptoms, then suddenly seized when in early labour at 38 weeks. Was my 5th child so totally unexpected.
I had some swelling on my hands for a few weeks but lots of women do, my BP never went any higher than 78 diastolic.
Apparently the word Eclampsia is a Greek word meaning 'bolt from the blue'. It truly was for me and I'm struggling to come to terms with it, no warnings, no nothing. I want someone or something to blame, but there's nothing, just my hazy memories playing over and over in my head.
Was hooked up to mag drip, fluids, 15min BP checks, everything. Surprised docs by seizing a 2nd time whilst on mag, but finaly delivered my baby girl naturaly with the help of a syntocin drip.
I had Eclampsia first followed by the pre Eclampsia symptoms. :?
I have very few memories of that day apart from not having ther strength to even hold my beautiful girl till the next day. Bedbound with a catheter and epidural in place for at least 24hrs after labour, as platelets were so low they couldn't take it out.
I feel very lucky, looking at other stories that we both survived, but am watching my baby like a hawk to make sure she's developing properly. Worried if there is some damage from hypoxia when I was seizing.
She's 10m now and developing well, if a little slowly, just sitting & a bit of bum shuffling now.
Anyone else had a similar experience? I feel a kind of fake being here as my experience seems to be so different to most womens. :? :oops:

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