Hi all! I just registered and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Mary, and I live in Oklahoma with my husband and two daughters (ages 3 and 1).
My eighteen month old daughter's birth was an emergency induction at 38 weeks because of the sudden onset of preeclampsia. I had a migraine that just would not go away, even after forty eight hours and Tylenol, so I made the decision to go into labor and delivery triage. I thought they would tell me I was overreacting, but when I arrived there my blood pressure was 194/154 while lying on my side, with hyper reflexes. Fast forward a year and a half later, our daughter is a healthy, energetic toddler, and I am thirty eight weeks pregnant with our third child.
For some reason, my doctor has been under the impression this entire pregnancy that I most likely would not get pre-e again, although after reading the stories on the board it seems like that has happened to quite a few more women that I was led to believe. This time I know what to look for, so after my blood pressure started being borderline hypertensive at my doctor's visits, I started monitoring it at home. The last few days it's bounced between 171-140 systolic and 86-106 diastolic, so we've been getting to know the nurses in triage again.
So far my labs have come back fine (strangely, they did before, too) and we are awaiting the results of my twenty four hour urine test to see where we go from here. My doctor is out of town and unreachable, so we're being extra vigilant here at home and waiting for her opinion on Monday. (We were told at the hospital triage they wouldn't induce me unless she was in town, or my blood pressure stayed significantly higher for a longer period of time.
) It seems like my body just doesn't like being more than 38 weeks pregnant. (Our first daughter was a late term preemie born at 36 weeks because my water broke prematurely, so we never got that far with her to see if I'd develop pre-e.)
Anyway, since I'll more than likely be back on here in the next few days I wanted to introduce myself- and also to say thank you to those that maintain this website. Preeclampsia needs so much more awareness than it gets, and had it not been for the awareness I had of it from my own mother I may not have made it this far last pregnancy to even post this.
Wish all of you healthy pregnancies!