by akemt (4961 Posts), Thu Dec 18, 2003 03:14 pm
It sounds like your wife has chronic hypertension since it came on so early. BTW, I am no doctor. She can still have that diagnosis even if her BP's go down post-pregnancy...I think it is just called Gestational Hypertension then. Not sure. And if I remember right, stats about chronic hypertension are that 1 in 4 will develop preeclampsia. The high blood pressure can still cause problems without having "pure preeclampsia" so your wife will likely be put on blood pressure medication and that is fairly common in cases like this.
Is she seeing a perinatologist/Maternal Fetal Specialist (someone who specializes in high risk pregnancies)? If not I highly suggest you make an apt with one...they will be best capable of handling your wife's care. You can find one in your area at this website:
Feel free to ask any more questions and I apologize that I was not of much help. Others will hopefully add more.
Best of luck! And be proactive about receiving good care for your wife and baby!
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo