Hello, posting an introductory post.
I had pre-e with my first pregnancy. I had some bad nausea at the end of the first trimester (right when you're supposed to be getting better) and protein early, but they both cleared up at about the same time a couple of months later (they even did a 24 hour to make sure the protein levels were okay, and they were). Then, when I was 8 months along, my blood pressure started creeping up. They put me on bed rest when the protein came back at around 35 weeks. Induced at 37 weeks with mag sulfate. Baby was 5 lb, 7.6 oz, so a little small but a strong, healthy boy. Throughout all the NSTs and ultrasounds, he was always great even when I was feeling lousy. He's now 2 years old and a very snuggly, healthy little guy.
I lost a lot of weight through some improvements in my diet and breastfeeding, so I felt pretty good about this pregnancy. I was healthy and my blood pressure was normal when I went to the ob for my annual in March. And it started out okay, but at 8 weeks I ended up in the hospital because my blood pressure spiked horribly. I had gone to an urgent care clinic with pain in my left arm and nausea and just felt awful. They confirmed my heart was okay, then shipped me off to my ob, who sent me to ER to get the blood pressure under control. After two trips to the ER that weekend (2nd due to nausea and headache, which they told me to come back if I had them), they admitted me to the hospital and gave me a kidney ultrasound to make sure my kidneys were okay since the blood pressure was terrible (200s over 120s!) and I had lots of proteinuria. I also got to see my baby way early and see the heartbeat since they wanted to double-check the gestational age (right on target). The kidneys were normal - no obvious signs of damage.
So, now I'm getting seen by both my regular OB and the local MFM. They trade off so I'm having appointments about every 2 weeks. I had an ultrasound at 11 weeks to check EVERYTHING with the MFM. They said everything looked normal except my uterine arteries were borderline, so I'm taking a baby aspirin daily.
As of last week, I'm up to 600 mg of Labetalol (200 mg 3/day), which has finally dragged my blood pressure down to 128/90 at my last checkup. Not great, but MUCH better. The proteinuria cleared up when the blood pressure went down. I'm at 13 weeks tomorrow (due 2/5/13) and feeling pretty hopeful, now. Lots of prayer and fingers crossed that it'll just be hypertension and no pre-e this time. My nausea went away at the "normal" time, this time, instead of getting worse, and my fatigue has improved along with the blood pressure. I've been trying to fit in a little walking or similar exercise every day I can, since that seems to help the blood pressure, and I've been cutting out salt as much as I can.
All my doctors have been really on the ball. Even my primary care (who I saw early on in the process) is eager to keep up on my status so that when the OB and MFM are done at around 6 weeks PP, she can take over and know right where I'm at.
I do have a question.. any of you ladies have issues with rolling veins when nurses try to draw blood? The worst part of being induced was that the L&D nurses were used to pregnant women with great big veins, while mine tend to be smaller and roll. I ended up getting stuck three different times for some of the blood draws that they do, and when you're on the mag sulfate, they draw often.
1st son, induced at 37 weeks due to pre-e, born 6/18/10.
2nd son, c-section at 37 weeks due to hypertension, born 1/15/13.