by jenh (127 Posts), Mon Jul 02, 2012 09:41 am
I hesitate to write this because it could be completely the wrong advice for you, but I'll share in case it helps. What stood out to me is that you're avoiding salt. I don't know much about diabetes diets or if you have salt-sensitive hypertension outside of pregnancy, so you may have very good reason to avoid salt. But if you're avoiding salt because you think it will prevent PE, the research I've seen says it really doesn't help.
When I was pregnant with my first and second, I had excessive swelling early on. The only advice anyone gave me was to drink more water, but I was already drinking 1.5+ gallons of water a day. I was horribly thirsty and not peeing much. Finally, a friend who is a doctor (but not my doctor) mentioned that perhaps I was drinking myself into an electrolyte imbalance. He suggested I add some salt in, specifically drinking Gatorade but I don't know if that's an option for you with diabetes. I got some that day, and spent the next several hours in the bathroom. The fluid just poured off. From then on, I didn't restrict salt on my food and continued to drink a little Gatorade every day. My swelling stayed under control until PE struck again a few months later and I ballooned up again.
As I said, this could be the completely wrong advice for you, but it may be something to discuss with your doctor. Too much salt is bad, but we do need a little.
Wife to Brett 6/30/02
Mom to Ethne Joy 10/12/03, 35 weeks, severe PE
Mom to Catie Grace 12/8/06, 37 weeks, mild PE
Mom to Riley Faith and Gavin Arthur 7/7/09, 36 weeks, PIH 22 weeks, PE 31 weeks, severe post partum PE
Mom to three angels Grace (12/15/05), Ian (7/28/08), and Declan (5/23/15)