by ccake79 (10 Posts), Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:14 am
I had pre-eclampsia with my first baby, who was delivered at 36+2. Luckily she was perfectly healthy and only had a short stay in special care. My bp took 6 months to return to normal after reaching 220/110 at one point 5 days after having her.
This time round I had completely normal (in fact a bit low) bp readings throughout my pregnancy (115/80), but suffered with gestational diabetes and polyhydramnios. They delivered early at 37 weeks. Again, my son is perfectly healthy and was able to come straight home. Me, on the other hand, I developed a headache a day after giving birth, but was discharged from hospital 2 days after the c-section. On day 3 and 4 I started noticing my knees and ankles swelling, as well as a continuing headache. Obviously it totally freaked me out and I went into hospital to get checked out. I was admitted as I also had chest pain (something I'd had with my first), which they thought was caused by a lung clot (scans showed it wasn't, thank goodness). My bp was a bit high on admission (150/90), but slowly went up over the next few days and I was put on labetalol. Last time the only thing that controlled it was nifedipine, which I told doctors repeatedly when the labetalol didn't bring my bp down enough. Unfortunately no one listened at first and I ended up on enalapril, which completely messed up my bp - it's supposed to work over 24 hours, but by 6 hours my bp was already up and by 16 hours it was 184/114! A day later they upped the enalapril, much to my horror, and predictably, it did nothing. Finally - 8 days after readmission - they put me on nifedipine and my bp's been normal since (now almost 3 weeks pp).
I just wondered how many others have experienced normal bp during a pregnancy after pre-eclampsia and then gone on to develop PIH? I'm really hoping it's not made me permanently hypertensive. I'd be interested in other people's stories.