by rosemary (2360 Posts), Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:00 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of your grandchild and all that you are dealing with at the moment. I am sure that it's all just overwhelming and heartbreaking. To answer your question, yes, preeclampsia, and eclampsia can unfortunately come on that quickly. The word eclampsia in Greek litereally means *lightning*. PE can and does affect those who have had little prenatal care, to those who have had the very best prenatal care. From my personal situation, I had a level 2 ultrasound, and several doctor's appts just a few days before getting PE, then being life-flighted and losing my son at 20 weeks gestation and nearly losing my own life within a 15 hour timeframe.
I encourage you and your daughter-in-law to talk with her physicians and ask any questions that you might have. There is also an enormous amount of information on this website. You are very welcomed to post questions, or just share whatever you like on the forums. There are many here with similar experiences and are more than willing to listen and offer support.
When and if your daughter-in-law is up to it, please share the site with her. She will be in my thoughts for a quick recovery. I wish you all peace and healing, and again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Please take care.
Rosemary - 47 - Central, PA
Momma to Kayleigh 8/25/88 - 36 weeks
Elliott 8/29/04 - lost at 20 weeks due to severe PE/HELLP
Proud Grandma to Max Allen 10/19/10.