Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

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Re: Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

Postby jules2 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 01:19 pm

I am in the UK too and as you can see I luckily had a very different ending in the 2nd pregnancy after my first tragic pregnancy in 2009. I am happy to talk with you if this might help at all.

So very very sorry to hear about your baby girl ....

There is no evidence stress is related to PE. I was much more stressed in my second successful pregnancy (moving house and job) than my first. It is natural after such a horrible and tragic event to try to find a "reason" why this happened - especially one you can change next time around. But you must not blame yourself - there was nothing more you could have done for your daughter. I am so sorry and realise how hard this is to accept xx
May 2009 - Alice stillborn at 26 weeks due to severe PE and HELLP post-partum

2 early miscarriages

And then 4th pregnancy baby girl due 29th December 2010! Born safely after totally normal pregnancy on 17th December.
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Re: Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

Postby BBC » Tue Jul 10, 2012 02:17 pm

Kathryn and bsherrica, I'm very sorry for your recent losses. I lost my little boy at 34/35 weeks back in March. I'm not sure that I was too stressed per say, but life is always a juggling act, especially for women. Just getting to work every day involved a bus and a train and a 3/4 mile walk (each way), and you would be surprised at how few people in New York offer pregnant women seats on the train and bus. My experience with my pregnancy has led me to think about what I want in the future, and I think I may stop working around viability if I am fortunate enough to get pregnant again. I think it will be very hard financially speaking, but the stress of frequent doctors appointments and getting back to work, and taking the time to make sure I'm resting and eating well, I think it may be worth it for me.

bsherrica ,I can relate to your birth experience to some degree. My doctor was on vacation when I went into crisis. I had a very normal pregnancy with a few oddities, like I had the shortness of breath from about 12 weeks on, but weight was normal, no swelling, no proteins, good BP. 7 days after my last dr appointment I got a lot of swelling, fatigue, and cramps in my calf muscles. I called my dr on Thursday and Friday and he recommended physical therapy, which I scheduled for the next Tuesday (I wish he would have had me come in for a BP check). Thursday night I used my home doppler to listen to my little boy's heart beat, which was loud and steady. Friday and Saturday were whirlwind days, putting together baby furniture, attending my last Lamaze class, and Sunday we had my baby shower. By that point I was really swollen, but I had spoken to my dr 2 days ago, listened to my babies heartbeat, and everything was fine, and isn't the home stretch of pregnancy the hardest and most uncomfortable? Monday I was back at work and a friend who came to the shower called me and said I should check my BP because I looked puffy. I stopped at a drug store on my way home from work and got a reading of 155/120 (or something like that). Went home call my dr, while I was waiting for a call back my husband came home with a BP cuff and got similar readings. DR confirmed we should come in just to get checked out.... and after waiting in L&D for over an hour, the nurse couldn’t find my son's heartbeat. From Monday to Wednesday I saw a new doctor (from my dr’s practice) everyday, and was delivered by the hospital’s midwife, because the dr from my practice was off somewhere else when I went into transition. I did have drugs and a nurse, and the midwife turned out to be great, but she wasn't there until the very end, and it was really scary until she came, and I didn't even know her name until after I delivered. I can’t imagine if I had been alone; you are amazing. I would like to say I don’t know how you did it; but unfortunately I do know how you did it, you did it because you had no choice.

I had a very good relationship with my dr before this happened, and it has been hard for me to deal with the fact that he didn’t call me in to the office that Friday, or that he wasn’t there for me to deliver my son. It’s almost like a betrayal because previously he was such a good dr, and was very compassionate when I had a pervious miscarriage and he performed my DNC (which was a really hard thing for me to agree to).
Anyway, my pe-e went away about a week after my delivery. The hypertension specialist I have been following up with says there is no way to know if my high blood pressure was caused by my baby going into crisis, or if I developed high BP which caused my baby to go into crisis.

Kathryn, regarding time off from work, a year is amazing. I had two weeks off (including the time I was in the hospital). It was really hard to think about going back to work, but after a few weeks it becomes normal. It’s good for me to get out of the house and have a way to be productive, but it does take a toll in that after a while it seems like you and everyone else you interact with daily are pretending the whole thing never happened. But I’m not sure that negative outweighs the positives of going back to work. Before I went back I sat home all day and cried, so I’m kind of glad to not be doing that anymore.
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Stillborn 3.13.12 @ 34+4 wks due to Severe Pre-E. 5 lb & 1 oz. Always loved and missed.
MC at 9 weeks May 2011
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Re: Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

Postby blythe » Fri Jul 13, 2012 00:32 am

I just wanted to add this link into this thread - Jules2 is right, our Experts have said pretty clearly that stress doesn't cause PE, if that helps at all to hear...

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9447
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#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
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Re: Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

Postby Kathrynwwjd » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:57 am

Went back to the doctors today but he wants me to stay on lisinopril for a bit longer.
I chased the hospital for an post-mortem results and planning future pregnancies appointment. They said I would not hear from them until 3 weeks or so because the consultant is on holiday.

Jules2 - it would be good to talk. I did try and pm you but not sure if it worked or not.
Elsie Lily Munday stillborn at 24 weeks 31st May 2012 due to severe pre-eclampsia. Always loved never forgotten.
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Re: Preelampsia at 24 Weeks

Postby bsherricca » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:27 am

BBC thanks for sharing your story u put into words what i could not ...everyone basically pretends that it never happened ... while i understand people dont know what to say i think for me that is the hardest part ..... its really tough ...thank God for this forum where u begin to realise unfortunately/fortunately you are not alone in this experience .....
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