Advice for second pregnancy after preeclampsia

Are you considering having another child after preeclampsia? Trying again after preeclampsia can be an emotional challenge. You can find support with others who share your concerns here.
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Re: Advice for second pregnancy after preeclampsia

Postby sam10 » Thu May 07, 2015 02:25 am

It is very scary to even think about another pregnancy after experiencing PE! The best advice I can give is to seek a consultation with an MFM (maternal fetal medicine specialist or high-risk OB) before TTC. S/he will go over your medical history including your previous pregnancies, and will discuss how your next pregnancy will be monitored including any supplementation or LDA. S/he should also be able to tell you your personal recurrence rate. If you haven't been tested for any clotting disorders, s/he will most likely order them, in case you might need blood thinners.

Last but not least, no diet has proven to help prevent preeclampsia; in particular the Brewer Diet is not recommended. Eat healthy foods and make sure you live a healthy lifestyle, as it is beneficial to you overall. No food will help, unfortunately. We all would have followed any diet if it had proven helpful ...There has been a lot of debate about the Brewer Diet, and this is just one of the many threads in this forum: (you can also find any topic/thread by using search function on the top right corner).

You can find a MFM either via your hospital's website (should be listed as maternal fetal medicine) or you can start here by filling out the search field.
Or your OB can give you recommendations as well.
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
H (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
M (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE

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Advice for second pregnancy after preeclampsia

Postby sazdorn » Fri Mar 06, 2015 09:00 pm

Hi I was hoping for some advice for the second pregnancy after pre-e.

My symptoms last pregnancy began around 28 or 29 weeks. I was officially diagnosed at 31 weeks and delivered at 34 weeks after being on procardia and bedrest for 3 weeks. It didn't go away after delivery and I still had it and was on blood pressure medications for 6 weeks after delivery.

We are not pregnant yet but are starting to talk about it. Is there anything I should do for next pregnancy or does anyone have any stories to share? I have read about the brewer diet and the baby aspirin. Is there testing I should undergo for clotting disorders etc? I had read about that a lot time ago and can't find any posts recently. I moved states so will have a different doctor than the last time. I'm extremely anxious about the second pregnancy!

Any advice or stories would be really helpful!!


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