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Swelling early in pregnancy hmmm

Postby nov_mum » Sat Jul 21, 2012 05:49 pm

by nov_mum (130 Posts), Sat Jul 21, 2012 05:49 pm

Hi there, I was wondering what your thoughts and experiences are on swelling early in pregnancy. This is my fourth with previous three pregnancies all being PE pregnancies. I am 13+3 today so very early days which is why I am posting really. I know PE tends to present after 18-22 weeks but this morning I woke with tight hands. I was baking yesterday and my rings slipped off with no problems. They fit slightly loosely. But this am, my hands felt tight and I had trouble getting my rings off. I have kept them off and put them away for now but two hours later the ring indents are still there but better than when I first took them off. My hands still feel tight but slightly better after moving around. Any thoughts?
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Re: Swelling early in pregnancy hmmm

Postby ellemoon » Mon Jul 23, 2012 09:04 am

by ellemoon (47 Posts), Mon Jul 23, 2012 09:04 am

Hi I'm fairly new here but I thought I would chime in...
I have chronic HTN and I take a medication to help with swelling on a daily basis. I also had severe pre-e at 29 weeks and swelling (pitting edema) started at 24 weeks. So, I'm pretty familiar with swelling, unfortunately.
Did you eat a lot of sodium the day before? What about water.. are you drinking enough? Those are the things I would definitely look into first. Also, check your BP. Be sure to drink a lot of water and limit sodium. If the swelling doesn't improve, I would call your doctor and definitely mention it to them at your next appt either way.
Leslie (26) DH (28)
Chronic hypertensive since age 17
DD- born April 24, 2011 due to severe pre-e at 29w1d weighing 2lbs, 11oz
Diagnosed with homozygous MTHFR C677T
Pregnant with #2! Due 9/2/13 but will deliver at 36-37 weeks due to classical csection.
(Labetolol, HCTZ, Aspirin 81mg, Calcium, Mag, Zinc, D, Fish Oil, Fiber gummies, Folic Acid)
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Re: Swelling early in pregnancy hmmm

Postby blythe » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:11 pm

by blythe (3060 Posts), Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:11 pm

Good point ellemoon. Our docs have said that sodium intake doesn't seem to be correlated to preeclampsia, but I swear they've also noted that anyone with a history of preeclampsia should assume that they're salt sensitive unless proven otherwise. I can't find the link at the moment - let me know if you come across it!

I've also heard doctors just note that swelling can be normal in pregnancy, that's why they took it off the official diagnostic criteria. Not too helpful in fixing your discomfort, I know! :)
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Swelling early in pregnancy hmmm

Postby nov_mum » Fri Aug 10, 2012 05:20 am

by nov_mum (130 Posts), Fri Aug 10, 2012 05:20 am

Thanks for our replies. I hadn't indulged in high sodium foods that I am aware of. It was a day at home spent baking and hanging out with the family so no junk food (my usual source of shocking levels of sodium haha). It's been off and on and I am just playing the waiting game. BP is up already. I'm sure next midwife appointment I will get referred to the OB clinic and then the torture of wait rooms, monitoring and the waiting games will progress from there. At least this time around I am under no delusion that I might escape it and have a normal birth like a normal person (if there is such a thing!). BP 146/92 today so I'm sure that the labetalol isn't far away from making it on my shelf at home
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