by Scottishgirl (4 Posts), Sun Mar 24, 2013 03:47 pm
Hello everyone, I'm 32+2 in my 2nd pregnancy & finding it pretty nerve-wracking.
In my 1st pregnancy, I had severe PE diagnosed at 28.5 weeks & delivered at 29 weeks due to my baby having severe IUGR & me developing HELLP syndrome. I didn't have any symptoms at all (or risk factors) so was just on the standard low risk pregnancy protocol. Everything was fine at 22 weeks, but I only found out at my next appt (28 weeks) that I had severe PE. I had no idea anything was wrong, it was such a shock. My little boy survived against the odds, and we're so lucky to have him, but it has not been an easy journey.
So I am wondering about the chain of events that leads to PE. My question is: is hypertension always the 1st indication that something is wrong? (or can it be something else eg low fluid around baby, slowing growth, etc). Does PE have an "order" of events unfolding, or can it be random?
I am being seen weekly & having blood pressure/urine tests weekly too, plus fortnightly growth scans & dopplers.
Last week my BP was good 115/75 (it's usually about this level or lower), there was a trace of protein (which I have had on & off the whole pregnancy so far) and the baby's abdominal circumference centile had dropped a little, the doppler was good (o.56 resistance). But I was in a bit of a panic, and wondering if it was the start of things again?
I just feel like a bit of a time-bomb, waiting for things to go wrong.
Thanks for reading, I'm interested to hear what others think.