Early signs of preeclampsia at 15 weeks!

Ellen - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I went to the doc yesterday and my blood pressure was up a bit. I have protein in my urine and my legs and ankles are always swollen. I work on my feet every day for 6-9 hours a day and then come home to chase around my daughters. The docs are worried that I'm showing early signs of preeclampsia at 15 weeks. I had this condition with my oldest daughter almost 9 years ago and was put on bed rest but we cant afford for me to go on bed rest because my hubby just got laid-off. Any one have any tips for bringing down my blood pressure and the swelling? I dont wanna freak out about this because I know it will only make the condition with my blood pressure worse but I dont know what to do ......PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

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Melissa - posted on 04/26/2012

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I got it at 24 weeks. When I was in the hospital the nurses kept telling me to lay on my left side when my blood pressure was high, and it worked so you should give it a try. I found out on February 27, 2012 that I had preeclampsia and I had my daughter on March 1, 2012.

Jlive - posted on 03/24/2012

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I had preeclampsia with my first and second. Lucky for me, second time around my SO is an OBGYN because my doctor didn't catch my preeclampsia because I didn't spill protein. My SO did... I gained lots of weight fast, blood pressure high, constant heartburn which wouldn't go away, pitted edema, hyper reflexive... He put me on bedrest, literally made me lie on my left side as much as possible.



I understand your situation. Bedrest is the best thing for you and the baby. Follow doctors orders exactly. This will help you and your baby. Preeclampsia can cause strokes and seizures and can be deadly.Please take care of your health!

Rhonda - posted on 05/21/2010

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As with anything, you should not attempt to medicate or treat yourself without speaking with you Dr first. With that said...



There has been research suggesting that additional supplementation of vitamins C, D, and E on top of your regular prenatal vitamin can help lessen or decrease the risk of preeclampsia. Speak with your Dr. regarding the dosages.



Now what you can do for yourself if you're showing signs of Preeclampsia at 15 weeks. You need to be very careful of your dietary intake. Low salt intake, increase veggies, fruits and whole grains (not bleached white processed products) and most importantly, drink as much water as you can (not soda, not tea, not juice...water).



It is also been studied that moderate exercise will help lessen or prevent preclampsia as well. Check with your Dr. about an exercise program if you have not been working out already. You should not exert yourself, should not sweat, should not work out to the point of exhaustion or to the point that you are cramping or bleeding. Moderate is light and could be defined by walking, light weights or even an exercise bike or the like. You are not working out to lose weight or build muscle, you are only working out to maintain and stay healthy.



Good luck and God Bless!

Rhonda - posted on 05/21/2010

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As with anything, you should not attempt to medicate or treat yourself without speaking with you Dr first. With that said...



There has been research suggesting that additional supplementation of vitamins C, D, and E on top of your regular prenatal vitamin can help lessen or decrease the risk of preeclampsia. Speak with your Dr. regarding the dosages.



Now what you can do for yourself if you're showing signs of Preeclampsia at 15 weeks. You need to be very careful of your dietary intake. Low salt intake, increase veggies, fruits and whole grains (not bleached white processed products) and most importantly, drink as much water as you can (not soda, not tea, not juice...water).



It is also been studied that moderate exercise will help lessen or prevent preclampsia as well. Check with your Dr. about an exercise program if you have not been working out already. You should not exert yourself, should not sweat, should not work out to the point of exhaustion or to the point that you are cramping or bleeding. Moderate is light and could be defined by walking, light weights or even an exercise bike or the like. You are not working out to lose weight or build muscle, you are only working out to maintain and stay healthy.



Good luck and God Bless!

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