High Blood Pressure 10 Months Later

Post On Thursday, February 21, 2019 By Chelsie Hoff

High Blood Pressure 10 Months Later

I truly (naively) didn’t think I’d get preeclampsia with this 3rd pregnancy. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it had been 5 years since the last one. I had preeclampsia for the first time when I was 19 years old.

It was my second pregnancy. My first was a molar pregnancy. I had a pretty typical pregnancy the entire time despite terrible gallbladder attacks. I gained 65lbs. In hindsight, that should have been a red flag.

I went to my weekly OB appointment at 38 weeks and was told that my blood pressure was very high and there was protein in my urine. I was also pretty swollen. I was instructed to go to the hospital right away to be induced. My baby boy was born 36 hours later. My blood pressure returned to normal and I didn't require any medication. 

Fast forward 6 years to my second pregnancy and my blood pressure was high from day one. I was put on medication and referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. My blood pressure remained very high through out the pregnancy.

In my 3rd trimester I developed intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy and was told I had to be induced at 37 weeks. Towards the end, protein started to be more and more present in my urine and I was starting to swell. I was induced at 37 weeks and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I continued my blood pressure medicine for a few months after that then discontinued it because my blood pressure was low. 

Five years later at, 30 years old I became pregnant with my third baby. This one would be my most complicated. Everything was great in the first few months. My blood pressure was great. I’m obese and actually started to lose weight at each appointment. I never gained any weight. Everything seemed to be going perfect. Around the 28 week mark my blood pressure started to creep up a bit. Nothing too crazy but my doctor said we’d keep an eye on it.

I really didn’t think much of it. At 30 weeks pregnant, I was instructed to go ahead and do a 24 hour urine catch. I got the call a few days later that I did have preeclampsia again.I was devastated.

I was having some symptoms that my doctor was concerned about so the office instructed me to go to labor and delivery to be monitored. When the nurses there took my blood pressure it was 189/126. I was shocked! That was after being medicated for a week.

They admitted me and gave me a round of steroid shots for baby’s lungs. My pressure ended up coming down so I was released that next day.

image1 3Exactly one week later I went to my OB appointment and my pressure was even higher despite being on 2 blood pressure medications and there was more protein present in my urine than the few days prior. My doctor said he was going to consult with the maternal fetal medicine specialist and let me know.The specialist recommended delivery so my doctor instructed me to go to the hospital.

Once I got there they immediately started prepping me for a csection. (Baby was breech) I delivered my baby girl on Friday, the 13th of April, 2018. She weighed 3lbs 12oz and was 15in long. She was in the NICU for 40 days.

I’m stilling battling high blood pressure 10 months later. My babies have taught me to be grateful. Life is a precious gift. I try every day not to take mine for granted.

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