Hi ladies, I'm so glad that I found this forum! I hate that any of us are here and have experienced this disease, but I'm grateful that there is a place for us to talk about our experiences with one another.
A little background... I had pre-e with my daughter 3 years ago. I was diagnosed around 34-36 weeks. It was mild, and i wasn't put on any restrictions or given any medications. They induced me at 39 weeks, saying she was full term, and it was better to get her out than to wait and have things possibly take a turn for the worse. I was induced with pitocin, and gave birth vaginally 8 hours later. Both my daughter and myself were healthy, and suffered no complications from the pre-e.
I am now pregnant again, just shy of 29 weeks. My bp is usually around 120/60, but since my second trimester began I've been averaging about 130/80. I went in because I began seeing flashing lights last week. My bp was 130/80, and there was no protein found in my in office sample. Because I saw the flashing lights my doctor ordered a 24 urine collection to get what she called a "baseline". I went in today to go over the results. My bp today was 120/70. My results from the 24 hour said that my protein was 319. My red count is on the low side. And all other labs came back normal.
After hearing this, and being only 29 weeks along, I was expecting to hear that she would want weekly checks, and perhaps modified bedrest. Instead she said she really isn't concerned and wouldn't be until my protein was over 3,000?!?! And she just wants to see me in 2 weeks at my next appointment? I may be over reacting.... but I'd really hoped that they would keep a close eye on me! I'd rather keep close tabs on it and start taking precautions sooner rather than later... Pre-e can go from mild to severe in hardly anytime at all, can't it? Do you ladies feel like this is an appropriate approach? Or should I be seeking out a second opinion and possibly a new doctor? A lot can happen in 2 weeks with pre-e... and I really feel like they aren't taking it seriously enough. But maybe this is standard procedure, and I'm just overly concerned?
Any advice or words of wisdom would be so appreciated. I'm feeling pretty lost, and alone. I have no idea what to expect when diagnosed this early on, so I welcome your stories and experiences!
Married to Jeffrey 07'
Mommy to Lila 09' Mild Pre-E Induction
Ectopic Pregnancy 11'
New baby due May 2012!