Wow it's so good to read everyone's posts-I am due 3/9/13 with baby #2. I had an eclamptic seizure with baby #1 in December 2009 at 42 weeks. We both came through fine except for my significant PTSD-he was 9 lbs 4 oz. I had a planned homebirth and symptoms of PE at 41 weeks (at which point I visited this website and learned more!)-specifically headaches. My BP was high for me but not super-high...like in the 130s (top #) or so. The midwife dismissed it, told me I didn't have PE, didn't do a urine dip, and 5 days later after 24 hrs of labor at home I seized in my bed and went unconscious. Came to, EMS transferred me to hospital, had C section after 8 more hours.
Three years and loads of therapy later, here I am...pregnant again. This time with loads of much better support. Consulted 3 different MFMs before I got pregnant, and currently seeing the one who my midwife (wonderful woman in part of OB/Gyn practice I've been going to for over 10 years, though I transferred out last time when I wanted to have the home birth) recommended. The MFM is awesome, and more knowledgeable about PE than any I spoke with over this past year. His mentor used to be on the board of this forum, apparently.
I am taking at his rec a low-dose aspirin. I also want to take 1500-2000 mg of calcium (also his rec), but am having some difficulty with this because I don't want to take too much magnesium or vitamin d (one of which is in every calcium supplement I've found so far). Last week I accidentally took way too much magnesium because of taking calcium supplements in addition to my prenatal-I was scared when I realized and called poison control. I spoke with both my docs the next morning and they said don't worry, just take calcium that doesn't have magnesium added-but I can't find any! Does anyone have experience/suggestions with this? Also, I want to take enough magnesium to absorb the calcium, but not too much. My MFM didn't have magnesium recs, but online I found things saying don't go about 350 mg if you're pregnant.
Anyhoo, just got back to work yesterday (I'm a teacher) and told the powers that be I'm pregnant...they were super supportive, and it turns out my new boss had PE with her daughter and had to deliver at 28 weeks. I couldn't believe it-she totally understood and has been there. I am so better supported this time-my boss the last time was horrible.
My chat with them brought it all up again, though-I woke up at 3:30 AM and have been up for the last 2 hours. Old grief combined with gratitude for where I am now, plus anxiety about this calcium thing. Some trepidation about what's to come. And I have my Nuchal fold Translucency sono today...some anxiety about this because I'm almost 42.
So glad to find you ladies-it feels so amazing to know that other women out there understand and that we can support each other in this mysterious landscape.
Eclamptic seizure in labor 12/1/09, age 39. Son born very healthy at 42 weeks and 9 lbs 4 oz via C section. PE had been suspected (by me) but not diagnosed by homebirth midwife. Pregnant again with #2, due 3/9/13.