My tip-off was high BP and generally not feeling well and headaches. I had horrible pitting edema from about 24 weeks on and they just told me it was normal swelling. I couldn't even wear shoes. I was SO swollen every where. My face started to swell the week the pre-e was discovered though. I also started to see "spots" or "stars" like little fireflies flying around for about 30 seconds at a time. I was about 27 weeks when I first started to see those. (I still see them occasionally, my eye doctor says it's permanent damage) Anyway, my BP started to creep up to the 150/100 range but they still didn't take it seriously. That Monday, I went over (I work in the office which is even worse) and they checked my BP (high, of course) and they dipped my urine. It was 1+ and they hooked me up to the NST which was fine. I still didn't feel well. They didn't send me home... Well, that night I had a horrible headache and checked my BP and it was 150/106 even after lying on my left side for over an hour. So, I called the doctor on call and she told me to take another BP pill and go to bed (Seriously?!) and to come see her in the morning. Well, that morning my BP was 150s/100s and she told me that she didn't think it was pre-e but she was going to take me out on bedrest. Well, the nurse came in a few minutes later and told her my urine showed 4+ protein. So, I was immediately sent to L&D. My 24 hour urine was over 1900. 6 days before that my 24 hour urine was 164. So, I progressed quickly. I ended up delivering DD by classical c-section 5 days later. I'm still bitter that they didn't take me seriously and didn't put me on bedrest when my BP first started to rise. Being a chronic hypertensive, they just assumed that's what it was. So honestly, even my doctors weren't "tipped off" by my symptoms. (Which is ridiculous) What I'm trying to get at is, a lot of the symptoms can be misinterpreted as just regular pregnancy symptoms. ALWAYS go with your gut feeling. If things don't feel right... MAKE them take you seriously, even if it turns out to be nothing. If I have another pregnancy, I'm sure I will bug the crap out of them but I don't care. I want a healthy pregnancy. You are your own advocate.
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)