by akemt (4961 Posts), Mon Dec 01, 2003 01:32 pm
I could care less about your spelling! lol [:D] I did not have preeclampsia (well, I might have had a mild case,post partum but my diagnosis was not changed), what I had is called pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH). Basically, I had the high blood pressure and swelling but nothing more than trace ammounts of protein in my urine. The blood pressure did cause something called oligohydramniosis which is to say that my amniotic fluid level was very low (meaning the level of nutrients getting to the baby was being affected) and had it not bettered by the strict bedrest, I would have delivered my daughter very early. There are multiple varieties of PE related pregnancy problems. All are scary.
This section of the forums "ask the experienced" is for those of us who have personally been affected by PE. "Ask the experts" is where you can ask questions of doctors specializing in this area. You can get there by clicking on the "All forums" link (at the top of this page) then when your new page opens, scrolling down to the link labeled "ask the experts." Getting responses may take a while in that forum because these doctors donate their time and are, understandably, quite busy. Also, it is suggested that you read through other questions or do a "search" to see if your specific question has been answered before.
In regards to finding good doctors, here is a website with names and addresses of doctors that specialize in hypertension in pregnancy:
It is very important that you feel comfortable with your doctor if you should go through another pregnancy and I would recommend that if your pregnancy is being treated by an OB that they atleast consult with a Maternal Fetal Specialist (or Perinatologist). I'm sure if you need further help finding a specialist near you, someone here will be able to help.
Feel free to ask any more questions you may have! That is how I've learned what I know.
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo