Christa, I think it was a combo of both. With the 2nd, I started with LDA very early pg per my MFM recommendation. Then around the 22 weeks or so, I went on procardia since my bp was starting to creep up. Then around 26 weeks, I was hospitalized and put on bed rest until delivery because I was starting to spill protein and bp was starting to go up. In the hospital, they gave me steriods for the baby and then gave me doses of Labetetol and increased my procardia to control the bp. When I finally delivered, they couldn't hold off anymore because my protein got to 10,000. Yes, 10,000- crazy...I know..it got that high that fast and of course my platelets were dropping.
I am just not a baby making machine...my body goes haywire when I am pg....and only an expert like a MFM can help manage something like this.
With the 1st pg, although ob/gyn had PE experience, she had never seen it so severe and so early before. My MFM finally told me after all said and done...I was in the top 5 worst cases he's ever seen in his career. Great, huh...
Good luck and many blessings to you...feel free to ask me any questions.
Mom to a sleeping angel born and said goodbye in July 2008 at 23 weeks due to severe PE and Class 1 HELLP. Mom to a tiny but mighty girl born in July 2009 at 28 weeks & 5 days due to severe PE and Class 2 HELLP. She is happy and healthy!