I had a healthy baby girl on 10/30/03. Luckily I was induced before severe complications occurred with her. In the last trimester of my pregnancy, I slept 16 to 18 hours a day. I had severe back pain, the type of pain you'd associate with a kidney infection. I started having headaches. My feet and hands were HUGE...they didn't even look like hands and feet, they looked like stumps. The docs took my BP, which had gone up to 130/85 (when it was usually 118/70) and my pulse was consistently 108 to 114. They said they'd keep an eye on me, but there was no protein in my urine, so no need to worry. I kept on telling them that I didn't feel right, that something was wrong and each time I was reassured that I would be fine and these were all normal pregnancy discomforts. In my 39th week, I had an appointment on Monday and Thursday of the same week. On Monday I went in and there was no protein in my urine, no nothing, and my BP was again 130/85. It was 6 days before my due date, so I figured I'd be fine. That Thursday I went in and the nurse took my BP. She looked very concerned and left the room. She came back with the doctor who told me to go straight to the hospital because I was spilling protein. I didn't find out until later that my BP had skyrocketed to 188/120.
It's been 8 weeks since I delivered my baby, and I've had problems with my BP ever since. Six days after delivery the top number went back up to 188. Three weeks after, it was 160/114. My heart rate didn't return back to normal until that point. After 3 weeks PP, it started to go down, but it's had several peaks. At times, the top number will go as high as 160. The bottom number fluctuates between 77 and 98 without warning. The closest my BP has gotten to normal is 120/77, and I've noticed each time I check it, it seems to stay close to normal a little longer. But why is it taking so long for it to go back to normal? I thought pre-eclampsia resolved itself after delivery, and here I am still having problems. I gained a lot of weight with this pregnancy (My daughter was 9 lbs 15 and 1/2 ounces), and I'm also having trouble losing it. I walk every single night and I've lost 5 lbs in one week, then gained 8 in two weeks, and gone up and down several times. Overall however I've lost 30 lbs since delivery, but it fluctuated a lot. Can anyone relate?