by CourtEdVi (18 Posts), Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:35 am
Hi, I am new here, but have been stalking for weeks now. This is my 3rd pregnancy. I am 24 weeks. With my first pregnancy, I had developed boarderline high BP towards the very end, after 36 weeks, nothing concerning just 135/85 and was told to rest, delivered on my due date. Second pregnancy, at around 23 weeks I started not feeling well, had dizzy spells, saw spots, headaches. My BP already read in the 120s/70s so OB was not concerned, after complaining and complaining he referred me to a cardiologist, who I saw at 27 weeks. During that appointment my BP was 167/97, he checked it 30 minutes later and got a similar number, he even checked the other arm still go high readings, he also said I had mild tachycardia. He said I definatly had PreE and sent me right over to the hospital for cardiac monitoring (a cardiac ultrasound), which showed the tachycardia but was otherwise normal. He sent me home for bedrest with a holter monitor, which I think came back fine. He took me outta work at that point. My BP never reached those numbers again, but was constantly up and down, going into the 140/90 range a couple times but would always go back down and mostly was in the upper 120s low 130s/ upper 70s low 80s. My OB said I did not have PreE and just did biweekly NSTs and BPPs which were always fine, I delivered as scheduled (c-section) at 39 weeks.
Now I am pregnant with my 3rd. The first symptom to me was flashing lights at 18 weeks, which only lasted a few seconds and would disapate. I also had really bad headaches, but my home BP readings were low 105/58 (which I think is close to my normal) however my heart rate was up in the low 100s. At 21 weeks, I was working, felt off, heart was pounding out of my chest, my hands had been slightly swollen enough for me to remove my rings so went to my OB, my BP read 130/65, heart rate was 135, he said the babys heart rate sounded high too but did not actually measure it just said it sounded high. In L/D bloodwork and urine came back fine. I was in there for 3 hours before my heart rate finally came down. Baby's heart rate was in the 140s so they said it was fine. No high BP readings while there. 24 hour urine was (I think) 195, so normal. Since then, I have been very concerned about potentially developing PreE since I am so early. About a week and a half ago, I started seeing dark spots, like a gray/black cloud(s) in my vision. I occassionally get, what I can only describe as, pressure headaches around the top of my head like someone is sqeezing my skull. I only get those maybe several times a week. I feel like my heart is racing, even when my heart rate is only in the 90s. When I lie down at night I feel it is racing, but I get normal BP monitor readings. I am getting more out of breath then normal. My legs have been swelling, up to my knees, which is odd- yesterday it hurt to walk by the end of the day. I never had any swelling at all with my first two pregnancies so this is a red flag for me. I have been bringing my BP monitor to work because that is when I notice the symptoms the most. During an episode (feeling dazed, zoning out at times, seeing dark spots), my BP is reading in the around 127/75 and when I am not having symptoms it is 110s/60. My last appointment was a week and a half ago I told my Ob I was still having swelling and racing heart and did not feel right, he kinda chuckled like its totally normal and never really responded to my concerns. I have always trusted him but he is the kinda doctor that says and does whatever will make you happy. I am not sure how concerned I should be or if I need to request to see a MFM specialist especially since I have had BP issues in past pregnancies. I am starting much earlier in this pregnancy so I am worried about it all the time, especially with the dark spots and leg swelling. I must mention that I have a very stressful job and with my last pregnancy I totally related my BP issues to work stress because my BP got better when they took me out of work. I never saw black spots with my last pregnancy, I saw glitters or speckles of light. It seems everyday I see the dark shadowy spots more and more often. Am I being a worry wort? My next appointment is not for another 2 weeks, should I push the appointment up since I am seeing black spots now and have not reported those to the doctor yet? I just hate getting brushed off or sent to L&D to sit there for hours just for them to tell me nothing is wrong.