I am hoping someone will be able to offer some advice. I developed pregnancy induced hypertension at 27 weeks with my first child. My highest BP was 170/100 and my left leg swelled significantly more than my right. Was put on bed rest and managed to keep him in (baking) until he was 35w3d. He was born at 4lbs5oz and never spent a minute in NICU. He was released from hospital at 3lbs 5oz. We had an emergency c-section as I had developed HELLP. I never showed protein in my urine during any of the 24hr urine tests. When I got pg with him I was 255lbs, 5ft8inches and did not exercise.
I am now 10weeks pg with #2 - unplanned.. big surprise. I am 40lbs lighter than I was with my first but my BMI is still > 35. I exercise at gym 3-4 times a week and have been doing this for about a year doing elliptical and weights. There will be 3 years and 3 months age difference between the children and I have had no pregnancies in between. I am seeing a high risk perinatal team at UTMB. I have also been taking anti depressants for 6 months and am being treated for hypothyroidism.
So my questions are:
1) Is my risk for pre-eclampsia and HELLP less now that I am fitter and lighter or does it not make a difference?
2) Can I continue to exercise now and when would I need to stop exercising? (I am a wimp and do not over do it at the gym...)
3) I drink 1cup of coffee (made at home) a day. Do I need to eliminate this as well or is it ok to drink it?
Thank you in advance for all your help. I am pretty scared of what the next nine months hold for us.