by Raposa (85 Posts), Mon Jan 14, 2013 01:25 pm
All my urine dips when I'm not pregnant come up zero, but as soon as my baby got established and my body started gearing up, my blood pressure spiked and I started leaking protein. I did see a specialist, who ruled out any other causes, and he said I did probably have some kidney damage from my previous pregnancy, but that it's not enough to cause me trouble under a normal load. Instead, it might have crept up on me as I got older.
So, the baseline tells my OB when to start worrying that things are getting too bad too fast. Since I have some leaking in early pregnancy, there's some issue that needs to be accounted for when measuring for preeclampsia.
As for fixing the problem, no doctor is going to work on that until I finish this pregnancy. There's just too much that changes during pregnancy, so only perinatologists are really qualified on what the new 'normal' might be. So, I had to stick it out. I might try a low protein diet once this is over to try to heal the damage, but not while growing a baby.
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.