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Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby lynnekay » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:11 pm

For those of you moms who had pe with pitting edema, how long did it last after delivery? Beth's edema is still bad 1 week after her C-section. The dr's are saying that it should mostly be gone by now, but it's very much still there in her feet and ankles.

We had a bit of a scare last night and had to take her to the ER to be examined b/c her bp went up to 159/99, she got a bad headache (just like the ones she had with the pe) and her vison was blurry along with the edema. The dr's kept her for 3 hr's & ran a lot of b/w. Her b/w came back normal but she still has high levels of protein in her urine, but they think that is due to her daibetes and the strain the pregnancy + Type I diabetes put on her kidneys. They are hopefull that in a few weeks the protein will go down & if it does not she will need to follow up with a kidney spec. Have any of you experienced protein in the urine after delivery, is it normal for pe patients post-partum?

I also posted an AWESOME update in the premiee section tonight regarding Drake coming off the vent. today and I posted new photos of him. Check it out on the premiee section...

After our families experience last week I have one very important piece of info to pass on to others who are facing a pregnancy with pe/pih and the threat of an early delivery: Try your best to deliver at a hospital with a Level 3 NICU, it makes all the difference in the world to have the best NICU available in case something goes wrong. I wish I had know this a few weeks ago and it could of saved our family a lot of additional pain and time...
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby jen44 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 00:48 am

I had severe pitting edema post partum, it took a full two weeks to go away. That's about how long it took for my BP to stabilize as well. The swelling was definitely worse post partum than it was before delivery, and I thought that wasn't possible. But I was told it would happen, and it did.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby missgamecock » Thu Jun 07, 2007 06:36 am

I had pitting edema that lasted several weeks pp and my protein in the urine lasted for a year. For the last year, my urine has tested negative for protein. But up till Sara was one, I would have trace to 2+.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby mnmom » Thu Jun 07, 2007 07:16 am

I was still really swollen for a few weeks after delivery. I think it was the second week I was home that I lost 20 pounds of fluid in a week. I was so glad to see the great update on Drake!
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby miracle3 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 09:45 am

I was also swollen for more than a week after delivery!!! Mine was mostly my feet and ankles!
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby heather100 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:06 am

My feet and ankles took about 2 weeks to go back down to normal. I'm sorry Beth had another scare. Poor girl!!!

Ditto the advice on the NICU. I will only deliver at my preferred hospital as it has a LEVEL 4 NICU. It is farther away from my house but still my choice because of that.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby bookworm » Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:03 am

I hope that Beth's swelling will get better quickly!

When I had my first child, the swelling in one leg went away very rapidly but the other one remained swollen much longer. It probably took 2 weeks for me to fit a normal shoe on that foot. My dr did prescribe Lasix while I was in the hospital and that helped some.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby halo79rn » Thu Jun 07, 2007 02:09 pm

a couple of weeks. it went down a ton in the first week.. but took a couple to completely go down. It was at it's worst the first couple of days post partum... which I've heard from friends who did not have pe that they had bad swelling the day of and the day after delivery. All of that extra fluid throughout pg and then with iv fluids shift.
Hope it goes down soon.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby jana m » Thu Jun 07, 2007 02:23 pm

I too had lots of swelling after delivery. It just takes a while for your body to get rid of all of the extra fluid. My protein was still high post-partum, as was my blood pressure. My peri sent me to the internist about 10 weeks post partum for bp meds because it just wasn't coming down as much as he would have liked.

Beth has just experienced tremendous physical trauma. I'm sure it will take some time for her body to re-adjust to not being pregnant and for things to return to normal. In the meantime, it's good you took her to the ER. Better safe then sorry.
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Re : Is post-partum pitting edema normal?

Postby heather j » Thu Jun 07, 2007 05:12 pm

My bad delivery (#1) took a solid two weeks, and my good one (#2) took about a week. I started making VERY frequent trips to the bathroom to pee and waking up absolutely soaked from sweat, and the swelling quickly began to subside once I started moving it.
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