I was diagnosed at 28 weeks with mild preeclampsia. I was one of the lucky ones who limped along until I was induced at 37+1 in order to avoid the slip into severe pe. My labor was about as ideal as possible: my blood pressure was fantastic the whole time, my blood sugar stayed stable, I was able to avoid the mag and the epidural, and delivered a completely healthy 7 pound 6 ounce boy who has taken to nursing like a pro.
The first thing I want to say is 'thank you' to everyone here. This site, this forum in particular, played a pivotal role in my ability to educate myself about preeclampsia and, therefore, to advocate for myself throughout this difficult and stressful process. I truly believe that I received better quality healthcare because of this education--mostly because I felt confident that I knew which providers to trust.
And now, because life can't be that simple, a question: Before pregnancy, my pressures were commonly 115-ish/65-ish. During pregnancy my pressures were very labile, ranging from my normal to scary highs like 172/95. Toward the end, I was hanging out at around 135-145/85 more often than not, and still occasionally popping an ugly high. My pressures were great during labor--the highest was 138/72 I think. While at the hospital for 48 hours postpartum, my pressures seemed to become almost normal, always about 115-120/75 (so the diastolic was still a little high for me, but not too bad). Yesterday (5 days postpartum) I noticed that my left foot was very swollen and is pitting. I had some swelling during the pregnancy, but this was the worst I'd had it in my feet. So, I took my blood pressure only to find that they are consistently high again. Between yesterday evening and today I've had a couple in the 150/90s and none below 130/80. I've also had a headache, but I've been chalking that up to an apparent urinary tract infection I ended up in the ER with a couple of days ago (it never ends, does it?).
This all seems very strange to me. Why would the blood pressures seem to resolve only to go up again? Is this common for postpartum or is this postpartum PE? I'm extremely curious as to why none of my crack medical team even mentioned symptoms I should be looking out for postpartum and when to call (not that you can answer that, but it is a question I have
). So, when is it I should call? I'm so sick of the doctor's office and the hospital right now that I'm terribly tempted to ignore it and hope it goes away, but don't want to be stupid either. Sigh.
Anyway, thanks for reading the novel I just wrote. I look forward to your words of wisdom.