by akemt (4961 Posts), Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:02 am
I would hope that you can get an ultrasound done shorty, just to be sure. I had no symptoms of low amniotic fluid...I don't know that there really are any! And, I would definately advise that you have them take your bp upright and write down ALL blood pressures and how they were taken/when in your chart...here is a link about how BP should be taken with the opinions of our Experts:
I suggest printing it off and taking it with you. Ask them why, if the experts in the field (and it gives their name and place of practice) suggest upright BP's are they making you do them laying down and not even recording your higher BP's. Maybe that is a bit forward, depending on your doctor, but don't let them just brush you off. I had been sent home weeks before my actual diagnosis by another doctor who didn't even look at me because my BP of 150something/100 something went down while laying on my side for a half hour. I wonder had they paid attention then, would my amniotic fluid have even gotten so dangerously low? Luckily, when I went in for my regular appointment and was seen by my regular doctor, while he also did blood pressures in a reclined position, he appreciated that they weren't always the best measurement and atleast had me take one a day upright. Had I known all I do now, I still would have required more, but I was very glad for what he did for our family. In fact, I'm pondering sending him that post from the experts...lol I should send it to every doctor in that practice as well as the OB wing (they were the worst about BP taking, I swear!)! Okay, I feel my self getting a bit riled up so perhaps I should end this email. [;)] LOL. Thanks for listening to my rant...I really hope you require appropriate treatment from your health care providers. I know it is hard to make them listen and agree sometimes, but I think the more doctors and nurses we reach, the better off the people who come after us have it and the sooner everyone will know the appropriate steps to take!
This seems long now! [:I]
Jaime, thanks for responding! We love to hear back from ladies with questions...let us know how things are going!
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo