I'm not *planning* on getting preeclampsia again
but if I do, I think I want to bring my own clear liquids to have on hand instead of the hospital stuff.
When I had each of my children, I was on mag for 24ish hours after their birth, and I was only allowed clear liquids. I think that's standard, right? So, I had Jell-o, apple juice that had lots of added garbage (why not 100% juice?!), popsicles with plenty of sugar, broth with plenty of sodium (yay, that's exactly what I needed) and other less-than-nutritious offerings of the sort.
Seems like I'd be better off putting actually healthy things into my body during that recovery.
I'm thinking of bringing:
- my own 100% apple juice
- coconut water (electrolytes!)
- chicken/beef/veggie broth that isn't gross
What else? And here's hoping I don't need 'em, anyway.
DS born Dec. 2008 at 38.5w gestation. Mild PE diagnosed 3 hours before he was born
DD born Dec. 2010 at 40w1d. BP was slightly elevated since 37w, and climbed while in labor (started on my own). Severe PE diagnosed hours after DD born.
DD born Sept. 2013 at 38w. Induced (and I had to fight for it!) due to high blood pressure. No protein, but had brisk reflexes and clonus after delivery. Doc gave me a mild preeclampsia diagnosis anyway and said I'm likely to be a chronic hypertensive later in life.