by afraidpre2ndtime (2 Posts), Fri Jun 29, 2012 00:30 am
I'm pregnant with baby #2. We plan to have this be our last pregnancy because it's just so tough on my body. This is going to be long, but I wanted to give a quick as possible back story for my pregnancy with my daughter:
I started seeing symptoms of preeclampsia around week 32. I had enormous swelling in my legs, my hands,, my feet and beginning to swell in my face. Then, I started seeing spots and flashing lights in my vision. My blood pressure, though, stayed normal at 120/80, so the docs didn't find any reason to watch me any closer than normal.
I was already a high risk pregnancy due to pre-existing type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent since age 14), but I knew the warning symptoms of preeclampsia that I listed above were signs that my brain was swelling. The docs sent me home despite my concerns and said to watch for a migraine.
By the time week 35 came around, I was so badly swollen that I physically couldn't bend my knees to walk up stairs. My shins skin was splitting because the skin was stretched too tight. I couldn't close my hands into a fist because it was too badly swollen. My face was DOUBLE the size it typically is. I literally needed help walking because I couldn't bend my legs from the swelling.
The docs still told me to wait for a migraine because my blood pressure wasn't elevated yet. So, at 37 weeks, I went i with a migraine. They admitted me and my blood pressure was 256/114. I had never in my life been over 120/80, sometimes even 110/60.
My concern today is that I'm pregnant with baby #2 and I'm feeling swelling in my ankles already. I'm 16 weeks pregnant. My belly is really swollen and I look like I'm 6 months pregnant instead of the 4 months along that I am. I drink water constantly throughout the day and hardly any pee comes out. A few days ago, I blacked out completely while driving, which ended in a car accident, which gave me a concusion that lasted for twelve hours.
I know all of these things are symptoms of pre E. But, the high risk team let me get so far out of control last pregnancy that I don't know what to think about how far out of control they'll let me go again. Also, being so young in the pregnancy, I would really want to keep the babies in there for much much longer.
I avoid salts, drink tons and tons of water (I'd guess at least a gallon per day), get mild exercise, eat NO processed foods (extremely strict on my diet, everything is homemade) and am barely hungry- yet I've gained about 10-15 lbs already. I seriously don't know what to do. I feel like I'm doing everything right and being so careful, but I just don't feel like something is right with this pregnancy. The docs say the baby is healthy so far. I have a full anatomy scan in three weeks.
Does anyone have experience? I'm worried.