Pre Eclampsia

Amy - posted on 12/12/2008 ( 83 moms have responded )

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I had pre eclampsia with my twins who are 5 months old (7 weeks premmie) and Im curious as to how many mum where put on bed rest? I know that i had a severe case but only because that was written in the babies health books. Nobody really explained what happened, and I have had a really hard time accepting what happened. I had my twins the same day that they discovered that i had protein in my urine and after one high blood pressure reading. Did this happen for anyone else?

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Megan - posted on 03/29/2009

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I had PE with all 3 of my pregnancies. My first son was born at 30 weeks(severe PE), and I was on bedrest for 4 weeks. My second son was born at 36 weeks(severe PE) and I was on bedrest for about 7 weeks maybe longer. My third son was born at 37(Mild PE) weeks and I was on modified bedrest from about 20 weeks until about 32 weeks then on strict bedrest til the end. My doctor said that you just never know with PE some people do better than others but he said most deliver within a week of being diagnosed.

Nicole - posted on 04/18/2009

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I was out on bed rest almost 3 weeks before I delivered my son on 4/1/09. After the second office visit, 24 hour observation at the hospital, they resorted to putting me in the hospital with the intention of keeping me there for 2 weeks on bed rest to get to my 37 week marker. After 3 days of being there, he was taken via c-section (nothing new - all my babies are c-section). I had a magnesium IV and after they pulled it off my bp went sky high. Then I had toxic checks every hour and they worsened. I went from having poor reflexes to responsive reflexes. Then the headaches were horrible. I had 8X's the protein I normally had (she did a baseline at 30 weeks). they took him via c-section at 9:29pm april 1st. I was 35 weeks. He was 5lbs 13oz, 18 inches long. Spent only 3 hours in NICU because that is standard procedure. He was on 100% room air when we was born. He was big for 35 week and he went home when I did. I was blessed. But he's very tiny still, lost a lot of weight in the hospital and came home on a billy blanket. He still doesn't stay awake for feedings...

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I had PE and was on "house arrest" at the begining of April:( I started going to the Dr. twice a week and every time the Dr. would say lets try to hold off another week. It was so scary every time I went. I knew if we could make it to 36 weeks she would be less likely to spend any time in the NICU. I had an appointment for Friday May 30. I was having another ultrasound to check the babys growth. Well, the Dr. looked at the screen for a while and then said "I'm ready when you are". We went home called everyone with the news, I took a nap and went to the hospital at 7pm to get induced. Everyone at the hospital was so nice, they took very good care of us! They told me once they induce it would most likely take 24-36hrs. They induced me at about 9:45pm, I was about 4cm dilated at about 2am, 6cm by 8:30am. My husband asked if he had time to go home take a shower and let the dog out, we live very close to the hospital. The nurse said go ahead, that he had plenty of time. Jake got back at about 9:30am, and Isabella was born at 10:08am! He got back just in time! She was so little, beautiful, but little! After a little while they took her to the Well Baby Nursery. They tried to feed her several times but she just kept spitting it all up. They eventually gave up and took her down to the NICU, where she stayed for 8 long days! Isabella was born at 35 weeks, she was 3lbs 15oz. Today she is perfectly healthy and you would never even know!

Lynda - posted on 01/20/2009

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I had what they called "pregnancy Induced Hypertension"  a fancy way of say preeclampsia.   With my first son I was admited into the hospital at 28 weeks and my son was delivered at 35 1/2 weeks.  They only induced me because my blood pressure was very high and I was on 3500 mg of blood pressure medication a day.  I refused to take any more because I was getting into severe depression because the hospital was 3 hours away from my home and I couldn't see my husband too often and we were having other problems.  My body was able to shield my son from any problems the high blood pressure could cause him.  I was lucky and now he is a very active and normal 5 1/2 yr old.  He had to spend 3 weeks in the NICU only because he wasn't gaining weight, but we found out he was lactose intolerant.  Once we switched him to a formula (didn't breastfeed) he started to gain weight and within a couple days he came home!!  I then had another son a couple years later and the high blood pressure came back but I took better care of my body and was able to keep the blood pressure lower than what it was with my first son.   Again delivered at 35 1/2 weeks, but he only spent a couple days in NICU.  My other son is again a very active and "normal" 3 1/2 year old.  I hope my story gives you hope.  I look at kids their ages and there is absolutely no difference from them to other kids.  Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/11/2009

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I too had severe preeclampsia. I had one slightly high blood pressure reading (120/80). While that's considered normal, it wasn't for me. Two weeks later I was told to "stop in" for a bp check. I went in at 8:00 am, was immediately put on a non-stress test, then sent to the hospital. My bp went down and I was only at the hospital a couple of hours. I was told to "rest," but not full on bedrest. I was informed that I would need to stop in for bp checks every 2 days from here on out. On Saturday (morning before my shower) I went in for a check....again stuck there for 4 hours. I begged the dr. to let me go to the shower. I was then put on bed rest. Sunday night my upper abdomen began to really hurt. We went in to the hospital at 11:00 pm. Sometime around 1:00 am I was admitted and told I'd likely deliver in the next 24 hours. In my one day of bp checks, I did a 24-hour urine collection and protein was there...but not totally alarming. What was alarming was the AST enzyme emitted by my liver. It had begun to fail and was causing the abdomen pain. My 9:00 am my liver was deteriorated enough so that they thought I'd soon slip into a coma or stroke out. I was sent immediately to the or and delivered a 7 week preemie via c-section. I too felt extremely cheated, but have tried to read up on it post partum. It is quite interesting and so puzzling that there is STILL no explanation for it or identifying factors!

I hope your twins are well. My daughter, Aoife (EE-fa) is just over 9 months and doing awesome!

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Debbie - posted on 04/15/2013

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21 years ago today i had a normal delvery of a beautiful baby girl but during delivery the noticed i had Pre eclampsia the got her out quick which resulted in a massive Hemorrhage i was rushed to theatre and given an emergency transfusion nobody picked up on the pre eclampsia but today we celebrate her 21st she has become a midwife and im a healthy women

Marisa - posted on 08/25/2012

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I had pre eclampsia with my twins last year. I questioned my Dr when my swelling and BP was high but she replied I can look at your face and tell if you have that. Well 3 weeks later I made an emergency appointment because my swelling was horrible and my BP was way to high. She admitted me into the hospital and two days later I had a protein count in my urine of 26,001. I had an emergency c section and delivered at 25 weeks and 4 days. This all took me by complete surprise. I am now pregnant again 24 weeks and the preeclampsia has set in I am on bed rest just waiting to see what happens next. Last year I had a boy and a girl and my daughter at 18 days old developed NEC and passed after emergency surgery. My son is now 17 months and couldn't be healthier. I pray I do not have to go thru another NICU experience like the one I had before. I pray for as much time on bed rest as I possibly can stand for the sake of my daughter so she may grow. Preeclampsia sucks I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Good luck to all who have it.

Heather - posted on 12/28/2009

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I also Had pre clampsia when I was pregnant with my daughter she was also born 7 weeks early. I was not told to go on bed rest but the doctors told me to rest and take it easy. I also had the very high protein in my urnine many time and the blood pressure going up and down and finally at 33 weeks and 4 days I had my daughter. I know going throught it was very frustrating and I was always asking my self why me

Amber - posted on 12/26/2009

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I had some early symptoms that my OB sort of just wrote off.. I ended up in the hospital at 29 weeks and had an emergency c-section about an hour after arrival because I was starting to go into kidney and liver failure.. and my BP was 205/140.. I ended up having HELLP Syndrome..

Valerie - posted on 12/25/2009

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I was put on bed rest at 27 weeks and still had to be induced at 32 weeks due to blood pressure and kidney failure. I started having blood pressure problems at 24 weeks.

Tasia - posted on 11/22/2009

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I had preeclampsia really bad when I was pregnant with my daughter. I didn't know that I was sick or anything. I only found out that I did have it when I went to the hospital after I had a very minor fall (I slipped on a lil puddle of water and fell on my butt) They did a urine test and found alot of protein in my urine and quite a few high blood pressure readings. First I was told to just stay in the hospital over night and then I could go home. Then I was told that I was going to be transfered to one hospital out of town. But I guess I got a lil worse so I was then transfered to a better hospital where I was on strict bed rest. I was given the steroid shots to try and get my daughters lungs to grow faster. Two days after Christmas I started to get really bad spots in my eyes that wouldn't go away (similar to the spots you get when someone takes you picture with a flash) and my blood pressure was WAY to high. So I had an emergency c-section, before my body started having sesures. I was told that the case that I had was really sever because it hit me so early in my prenancy and so fast.

Theresa - posted on 11/21/2009

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I wasn't, only because my case was extremely sudden; I'd actually been told by my doctor the day before I had my son to not worry about having him too early...lol go figure!

Delaney - posted on 11/21/2009

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yeah it seemed like once they realized my BP was up and rising, i was going downhill healthwise. it did not happen as quick as yours did, but it seemed like i blinked and she was here.

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2009

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yeah this happened to me. It was right before christmas and i noticed that my legs were swelling. I wan't due till March 21. and i wnt to the dr. the checked me over and i had no signs of it. Just that i gained 11lbs ( in 8 days) and that my legs were swollen. They told me to come back in 3 days. so after the holiday i did. I had a headache when i got there. they were just going to do a bllod pressure check and a when they did it was out of control. 187/142. They sent me to the OB wing and i spent the next three hours getting tests done. after about 4 hrs i was flown to Denver. I was a exstream case. Once i got to Denver my BP was in the 200's and they were really conserned with a sesure or stoke. they even had leads connected to my head. After about three days (and magniesum) my BP went down to a lower but high level. I was still gaining water weight and was very limited on what i could drink. They put me in tharpy and bed rest. On Jan 1st they took my blood and it came back that my liver ensymes had doubled from what was normal. Then about 6 hrs later they checked again and they had trippled from what they had doubled. So they induced me at 29 weeks. My BP shot back up and they were freaking. They had some one in the room just incase i had a sesure. The next night i had a c-section to save me from liver failler or a sesure od stroke. I had gained 86 lbs of water sence Dec 11 to jan 2.
i knew very little about pre eclapsia even tough my sister in law had it also. After it and my son spent so long in the NICU (85 days) i blamed myself. sometimes i thought it was my punishment for things i had done. I hated my self. But i eventually found peace. I still wonder if i would have done a few things diffrently would it have happened?
Now he is about to be 4 and is doing well. He is delayed and austic.. but that is where the blam still comes back on me. I feel if my body would have handeled the pregnacy he would be delayed or austic.

Shannon - posted on 11/13/2009

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I had pre eclampsia with my first baby and I also had it with my third baby and that, very quickly turned into eclampsia and I had a seizure eight weeks before I was due. They had to do an emergency c-section and my baby weighed 3 pounds.

Grace - posted on 11/12/2009

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I was put on bed rest once my OB found out that I had protein in my urine. My BP was also a little elevated. When I went for my OB appointment my BP was high and and he decided to induce me that day, but they had to do a c section because she started having trouble once they gave me the stuff to induce labor.

Amber - posted on 08/20/2009

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WoW! There are sooo many people out there who've been through what i have! Well, Amy Newbold, my story is almost exactly what you went through!
I went on vacation, long car trip from central WA to southern Oregon! my whole pregnancy OF TWIN BOYS, had been going so well! So well in fact, that the Dr thought it was ok for me to go on this trip, taking it easy of course, and i would go three weeks without coming in for an appointment. I was 32weeks when we left. The next day, i got the worst sinus cold i've ever had, and my somewhat bad swelling got extremely worse! It was like my body was punishing me for taking advantage of all the easy going months! I had the cold the whole two weeks we were on vacation! The day after we got back i went in and weighted 30lbs more than i had just three weeks before! That, my swelling, and high blood pressure, made her think i had PE, so i took the urine test home. The very next morning, January 9th at 10am, they diagnosed me with PE. After doing some tests they found i had a severe case of it with HELPP Syndrome. YAY!? lol I didn't feel anything painful other than my cold so it was hard to believe i had this life threatening problem!
Because i was only 34weeks carrying twins, who BOTH decided to be BREECH, they sent me to Seattle, an hour away, to be under a PE specialist!
They were born healthy happy 4.10 & 4.6lbs by 10pm! Man you're talking FAST! lol
It is amazing though that they are able to catch this illness before it becomes Eclampsia though! Especially for us multibaby moms! huh?! I thank God for our advanced technology and for my healthy baby boys 7months old now!

CONGRATS ALL YOU NEW MOMMIES OUT THERE!! :D

Sammy-Jo - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had Isabella at 25 weeks she weighed 1lb 4oz that was due to pre eclampsia and Hellp. I was admitted in to hospital on bed rest for one day and had emergency C section the next. My Gp misdiagnosed me with a kidney infetion earlier on during week :S she's all fine and 4 months nearly now :)

Emma - posted on 08/19/2009

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I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and was on bed rest for 2 days in hospital before I had to deliver my daughter

Lisa - posted on 08/19/2009

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I developed pre eclampsia as well with my twins. I was immediately admitted to the hospital and was kept there for a week until my blood pressure kept going up so they induced me. My twins were 6 weeks early.

Treasure - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have two boys one aged 12yrs and the other 5mnths.I had pre-eclampsia with both of them.They both were about 6wks prem.With my first son it was very traumatic,I was all good up until 5-6mnths,they found protein in my urine and immediately whipped me off to the hospital where I ended up staying for 2mnths strictly on bed rest.(before having baby!!).I had my 2nd child the day they found protein in my urine and my blood pressure was up and was on bedrest for two weeks after I had him.They were also both caesareans.At the end of the day it's all about the welfare of the children.I must admit after my first son I vowed I would never have children again but now after my second I would go through it all again.If I have anymore children it's likely I will get pre-eclampsia,I don't carry very well especially in the 3rd trimester hehehe but for me it's worth it.

Stefanie - posted on 08/14/2009

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hiya,

I had PE with my 1st, i gained 30lb of water within 2 weeks, taking me above my pre-pregnancy weight (i lost a LOT of weight). I had a scan and was admitted to hospital, next morning i was told i was having the baby and he was born at 8.28am weighing a good 6lb 0.5oz but needed a lot of special care as my placenta was really badly damaged by PE. He was born blue and floppy and had a low apgar. scariest moment of my life!

Luckily i went on to have another baby, also born prem but because i woke up with broken waters (possible cervix problems). I didnt even have swollen feet in that pregnancy!

Jessica - posted on 08/11/2009

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Hello, i have two children my oldest was born only two weeks early and that was because my bp was too high, but it did not get high until that point it was fine throughout the whole prgnancy. With my son, on the other hand , i had high blood pressure (caused from preclamsia) from five months on and i was on strict bedrest. I had three appointments a week, one ultrasound, a stress test, and a regular dr appointments. I also had a visiting nurse coming everyday to monitor my bp. It was very stressful. Once they noticed my bp was high and there was protein in my urine, they informed me about the preclampsia and explained my circumstances in detail to me, that is very unsettling to know that they did not inform you or even put you on bedrest. My son was 2 months early, they had to induce me because it was becoming to dangerous for me to stay prego. My son weighed 4 pounds and had to stay in the NICU for 2 weeks, now he is a healthy one year old. I am sorry that they did not explain your circumstances to you, that is very worrisome.

Michelle - posted on 08/08/2009

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I had a preemie due to PE almost 19 years ago (her birthday is August 24th). She is a healthy college teenager. My 2nd pregnancy included diabetes. They were doing studies then to see if PE and diabetes were connected somehow. That was 12 years ago. I don't know what the results of that study were. The only thing I would have done differently with my oldest daughter was I sent her to school too early. I wish I would have held her out one more year. She was right at the deadline for kindergarden. She always got along better with the kids that were younger.

Debbie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Yes it happened to me with my youngest. I never even heard of it until I went in on my birthday for a routine checkup. I wasn't on bedrest but they rushed me to the hospital and had to have an emergency c-section.

Emma - posted on 07/26/2009

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I had severe pre-eclampsia and developed HELLP syndrome too. My daughter was 5 weeks early b/c of this. I went to a local health centre for routine checks and was sent straight to the maternity suite as I was having all the symptoms and had high blood pressure and protein in my urine. I wasn't really told much until having giving birth to days later. I was told to stay in bed and call if I needed anything and I was also recovering from this a week and 1/2 later.

Janine - posted on 07/20/2009

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i had PE that developed into HELLP syndrome, I had a perfectly healthy pregnancy until about 35 weeks when I started getting nausea and seeing spots. I brushed off the nausea because there was a gastro bug around at the time and the spots to being tired and because I wear contact lenses. It pretty much went away, at the 36 week check up I had extremly high blood pressure 170/110 it went up too and had protein in my urine. I am very blessed to be here today, I was rushed to hospital put on a drip and had the blood pressure thing strapped to my arm at the same time and they watched my heart rate for the whole labour. They said I could have a seizure at anytime. I was induced and had my son naturally 24hrs later. He was a healthy 4 pound 1 (1.86kg) baby he was in the Special Care Nursery for another 6 days. So I had no bed rest. They kept me in hospital for another week running blood tests (2 per day) and giving me medication that was ment to bring my blood pressure down but it didn't. They didn't want me to leave the hospital but I insisted that I was fine and the only way my blood pressure would come down is if I go home and return to my everyday life with my newborn. A week later my blood pressure was slowly coming down. I'm back to normal health now, but they think my liver may have been damaged. Looking forward to having more babies under more watchful eyes.

Rosemary - posted on 07/19/2009

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During my first pregnancy I had some contractions at 32 weeks went to the hospital. I wasnt dialating so they gave me medication to stop the contractions and a steriod just incase the baby was born during that week the steriod would help to mature the lungs. The contractions after one day stopped completely. I went home in the morning returned in the afternoon water had bursted and when I got to the hospital I was already dialated 6 and still going my body was shaking and deep down inside I new it wasnt normal. I felt like if I had fever that I was shivering. I gave birth within the 15 min. I had a 4 lbs, 3/4 oz. baby boy. After giving birth naturally with no time for any medications I was rolled into the recovery room. Shortly after family came to visit and I felt like I was passing out like groggy looking and trying to listen to my family congratulate us on our new baby. Everyone stepped out of the room. My husband went to walk the family out. Upon returning to my room the nurse stopped him and explained that he would have to see my doctor before going in to visit me, and so I was told. It was explained that I had just had a seisure due to my blood pressure rising. Pre eclampsia as they mentioned. I went into a semi coma state for a few hours. To then hear my mother explain that a nurse that was posted by my bed was watching my husband suffer hovering over me holding my hand and saying to come back to him that our new baby needed me. Why does this happen who knows. The doctors could never really explain that it was a rare case of preclampsia after birth. After many years of convincing my husband We had another baby, to be exact 8 years. My doctor was prepared for the worse. Again a premature baby at 4 lbs 3/4 oz. and at 32 weeks. This time no preclampsia. Thank God. Good Luck and Enjoy your baby and know that your not alone.

Diane - posted on 07/18/2009

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I was 26weeks along and was very bloated and had alot of swelling when I first woke up in the mornings, my blood pressure didnt start going up till a week later, I was at home on rest, while checking my blood pressure for 2 weeks. One night I started getting sharp chest pains, and couldnt sleep, thought it was just gas had my husband try and burp me to get it out.....LOL, after about 2hrs thought I would check my blood pressure and it was 200/118, Rang the hospital and the ambulance, after 2 days with my blood pressure still too high and my liver/kidneys shutting down they decided to do a Emergency C-section. My son was born at 29weeks (11wks) early weighing just 1kg. He was in hospital for the first 10 weeks. I have since had tests to see if there was any underlying reason I had the PC so early and so severe, lucky me no problems with my kidneys or liver, was just the pregnancy. Have they since explained to you what happens and why women get PC? They told me its the placenta, it starts right from the begining of the pregnancy. The placenta clots and dosent work properly and eventually it send toxins through your body, it can also not feed the baby properly too. Thats why most babies born with Mum having PC are born smaller then the average.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/16/2009

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hi.. i had severe preeclampsia/toxemia when i had my son. i was 19. he was born at 29 weeks. 2lbs 3oz. i didnt know i had it until my hands and face swelled up. they induced me when my kidneys and liver started failing. its very very scary. i had a c-section. if anyone wants to talk, message me!! ~Liz

Sherry - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hi, I also had HELLP and almost died after my baby was born at 27 weeks. They told me not to get pregnant again but I persisted and found a ob/gyn who was willing to monitor me. 3 years later,I had a healthy baby girl born at 37 weeks who weighed 7lb 3oz. good luck

Brenda - posted on 07/13/2009

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similar- I found out I had protein in my urine on a Saturday - had blood tests & 24 hour urine sample done Sunday - got results back Tue - went in hospital Tue night, delivered Thursday.



Baby Girl was born @ 25weeks gestation weighing in at 1pound 5 ounces, 12 inches long and spent 109 days in NICU.

Colleen - posted on 07/13/2009

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I had PE as well and my son Camden was also 7 weeks early. I was on bed rest in the hospital for about 2 weeks before he was born but the first day of being int he hospital I was sent home with a bin to collect my own urine and had a Dr appt for two days later. Nothing got better so i was sent to L&D to be monitored by the Dr's on an hourly basis. Like I said it was two weeks and a blood pressure reading of 180/100 before they decided to take him via c section. I'm not a Dr but I'm assuming they could have tried different things before they took the baby (ie meds, lying on your left side, etc) I'm not too sure though, I'm just going by my own experience.

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My little one was born seven weeks early because I had PE as well. I also had a severe not to mention sudden case. It is quite scary and I understand how you feel! My feet started to swell about two days before I went to the hospital. I had no signs until that point and when I got to the hospital my blood pressure was 201/116. I had my daughter via c-section 2 days later. The only reason we waited 48 hours was to get my daughter the steriods that were recommended for her lung development. All the specialists told me they don't know why PE happens they only know how to cure it and that is to no longer be pregnant. I focus on the positives out of it - I got my daughter two months early and we are both in good health now. Hope this helps.

Angelica - posted on 07/12/2009

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I went in for a check up and had a headach for about 31/2 days. My nurse said that I had high blood pressure (very high) and that I had a protein in my urine. I was in shock I went to the hospital and was scheduled to have a emergency C-section were I was 30 weeks at the time. I was a little small and I was worried. My son was born 2 lbs 10 oz breathed on his own. They never found out why I had pre-eclampsia but to this day I believe it was STRESS that my Ex-husband put me through. I had another child who was full term but did not go through much stress with the same daddy. So my 2nd child was born 7 lbs. 12 oz and I was thankfull. My preemie is 3 yrs old and is a blessing as my other child is. He is healthy, smart and very energetic. I had never in my life had high blood pressure. Take care!

Dani - posted on 06/01/2009

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Question: Were any of you told not tohave anymore children after experiencing PE, especially the moms that HELLP like i did????

Dani - posted on 06/01/2009

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I had Sophia at 31 weeks 4 days, never once did i spill protein in my urine or have high BP readings. I was in between appointments ( just starting every 2 weeks) when i ended with +3 pitting edema. one weekend i had a migraine that i could not get rid of...i tried everything i could think to alievate the discomfort. luckily by the grace of GOD my husband was home sick that next day because he found me seizing on the bedroom floor. I had another seizure in the ER. they believe that i was actually seizing all night. so that quick i went from no symptoms to PE into seizures. I had HELLP and was in a coma state for approx 4 days. It was a very tramatic experience for my husband, 20 month old and my family. I do not remember a thing, not even the c-section, my baby's first cries, heck i didnt get to see her until she was 3 days old. THANKS to the NICU nurses, they wheeled her down in her islet. she is my angel, a true gift from GOD! she was d/c from the NICU on her 35th week bday:o)

Kelly - posted on 05/25/2009

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I complained to my doctor that i was gaining too much water weight, i was so swollen my feet felt like they were going to explode. I started to feel very light headed the day before my 32 week check-up. when i went to the doctor i had gained 15lbs in 2 weeks and it was all water weight. When the nurse took my bp it was 180 over 125. I could not believe it. My urine was saturated with protein and they had me go to the hospital. They put me on magnesium sulfate (i think that is what it was called) on a wednesday. I got two steroid shots in my butt so my daughters lungs could get a little boost and then they enduced labor on friday early in the morning. it took a while because i was only at 32 weeks. I was in active labor from saturday around 6am till i had her naturally at 11:55am. It was overall the most terrifying experiance of my life. I think i will be nervous during my next pregnancy. Thankfully my daughter now is 7 months old and she is totally healthy!

Kirstie - posted on 05/13/2009

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When i went to my midwife for the first time she noticed my blood pressure was slightly high but as i had no protein in my urine and no swelling she basically ignored it. When i went to see my consultant at 20 weeks he said i had early on set PE and i needed complete bedrest. As i felt fine i didnt listen to him. I was due to be married 3 weeks after this meeting and continued to plan my wedding. Then when i went back to see him at 30 weeks they were worried about the size of the baby. At this stage i had only put on 8lb and a normal helthy pregnancy i should've put on between 1 to 1and a half stone. The gave me a growth scan and said that the baby was very tiny. I had to stay in hospital and have steroid injections as my consultant said i wouldn't go full term. I spent the next 4 weeks in hospital then one da my blood pressure was soo high and i started seeing spots in my eyes that they gave me an emergenct c section. My beautiful baby girl came into the world weighing 3lb 11oz. She didnt need any breathing tubes. She did however hav a feeding tube which was removed a week later (due to me pushing for it to be) When she was 10 days old we were allowed to bring her home. I am looking into trying again and i would highly recommend anyone who has had PE to speak to a consultant first and they can give you all the knowledge that you need. Doctors do not know enough to give you all the info that you need.

Marilyn - posted on 05/13/2009

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my PE wasnt discovered untill i was rushed to the hospital because i went into seizures at home in bed. My husband had to call and i dont really remember anything only bits and peices of when i came to. I had a c- section, my baby was 9 weeks early and 4.4, 22inchs long. my husband and family were asked if it had to come down to a choose who would they want to live, me or the baby. It was hard i woke up after and didnt relize i had delivered my baby. untill the nurse came in and asked if i wanted to go to the NICU, i was there 6 days on moniters for blood presser, and other stuff.

Samantha - posted on 05/09/2009

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I went to the Dr when my hands and feet swelled up. I thought it was a normal part of pregnancy but it hurt, when i went to dr he immediately told me to go to the hospital..I had no idea how worried i should of been . i went to hospital and as i was under specialist care already had Dr's hovering around me real quick. they left me for awhile constantly giving me ultrasounds and checking my BP (cant remember what it was, this was 11 yrs ago) that afternoon, my partner was out skiing and i went downstairs for a walk came back real quick cause i was feeling ill and less than half hour later they came back to me saying they were prep me for a c section. My partner managed to be with me within half hour ( not an easy task when you had to get a boat out and drive at least 20 mins) as they were wheeling me into surgery. i had 3 massive holes in the sac and my beautiful girl had gone into major distress, they knocked me out and all i remember was saying to the OB please look after my baby... Jasmine was born at 27 weeks and weighed just 1 pound 15 ounces her skin was see through and she was tiny, i went into the NICU with all the buzzers and was terrified. She was in hospital for 3 months and now she is 11 and the only way that you would tell she is prem baby is by the tiny scar on her leg from the long lines.

Charity - posted on 05/03/2009

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I was diagnosed with PE @ 33 weeks and my son was delivered. I blamed myself for my son being so early, but PE is not something that is your fault. Some women are more predisposed to developing it than others. While bed rest is one of the only "treatments" for PE, the only "cure" is delivery. Once you become symptomatic, you open yourself to a lot of life threatening complications for you and your baby. Remember that the uterus is a very vascular organ and changes in your blood pressure have a big impact on the environment your baby is in. It is unfortunate that your medical team didn't take the time to explain what was going on. On the other hand, you may have been in a situation that there just wasn't time. I hope this was helpful and that you and your little one are doing great!

Charity - posted on 05/03/2009

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I was diagnosed with PE @ 33 weeks and my son was delivered. I blamed myself for my son being so early, but PE is not something that is your fault. Some women are more predisposed to developing it than others. While bed rest is one of the only "treatments" for PE, the only "cure" is delivery. Once you become symptomatic, you open yourself to a lot of life threatening complications for you and your baby. Remember that the uterus is a very vascular organ and changes in your blood pressure have a big impact on the environment your baby is in. It is unfortunate that your medical team didn't take the time to explain what was going on. On the other hand, you may have been in a situation that there just wasn't time. I hope this was helpful and that you and your little one are doing great!

Elaine - posted on 04/21/2009

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Hi I had PE in 1995. I was never prescribed bed rest but my bp was raised from quite early on so I was told to rest with my feet up when I could. I was working so changed my job description slightly so I could put my feet up. I had regular check ups with my midwife but she missed some of the early signs. On Monday I had 2+protein in my urine but she put it down to an infection. I went to work. Tuesday I felt realy tired but had my first parent class so attended that. That evening felt worse, went to bed early but woke up early with terrible pain in my chest (I thought i had indigestion). I went to my GP when they opened and was told it probably was indigestion but to go to the hospital for a check up as my bp was slightly higher than it had been Monday (190/120). It had crept up over the 30 weeks. I got the hospital and they were waiting for me, checked my bp it had increased again and was rapidly approaching 200, They put me on various drugs and preped me for surgery, I was losing consciousness so my husband had everything explained to him I agreed to surgery and was rushed away. Josh was born within minutes. He was taken to a hospital over an hour away but we both survived and after 6 weeks in hospital we both went home. I wish I had been given bed rest and injections for his lungs etc but the speed of these things is unpredictable. I am just very glad the staff at both hospitals managed to save us both. I hope you and your twins are both doing well.

Tanisha - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son was born 7 weeks premature. My doctors discovered I had high protein back when I was about 7 weeks pregnant (July 07). I then developed high blood pressure in Oct 07. I was monitored but never put on any meds. I went in for an ultrasound in late Jan 08, had low fluid so I went to triage and my pressure read about 160/90. Before they actually admitted me, my presure had gotten as high as 170/110, so I was immediately put on meds that dropped my pressure and I wasn't able to eat or get out of bed for 2 days. I went in on a Monday night and had my son that Friday afternoon. Your doctors didn't want to risk you having a stroke and your baby not making it.

Yolanda - posted on 04/18/2009

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I had PE. Our twins were born at 33 weeks. They weighed 1.9kg and 1.8kg. They were in the NICU for 2 weeks. I didn't have any problems till 30 weeks. I had period pains and went to my gyne. She said my serviks was very ripe. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 days. And received a steroid injection to strengthen the twins lungs. I was released with instructions to rest more.

A week later I was admitted again due to high blood pressure and protein in mu urine. Was in the hospital from the Wednesday for 10 days. I expected to go home that day but had an emergency c-section instead. I blamed myself for quite a while afterwards.



The twins are doing very well. They are now 4 1/2 months and are weighing just below 7kg.

Julieann - posted on 04/18/2009

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I had pre eclampsia in october 1995 . I went for my normal AN cheekup on the thursday i had +2 protein, bp fine but told all was ok and sent home. On friday i didnt feel 2 good slept most of the day, my husband came home from work at 8 pm he told me i looked really ill and had gone all puffy, i said i didnt feel well so we phoned the midwife and she said go straight 2 the hospital . We got there at 10pm at 10.30pm i was told i had 2 have my baby straight away. I was 18 and only 33wks. I had an emergancy-c section with a spinal block , my son was born at 2.19am saturday morning 7 wks early and 4lbs 6oz .He went straight 2 special care baby unit (neonatel intensive care) where he stayed for 3wks he is now 13 and doing really well no problems what soever. My second baby was fine they kept a close eye on me at one point i was going for a scan twice a week , my daughter was born at 40 wks at 8lb 3oz. I had no problems with her my pregnancie was fine . Hope all is well and ever ones comments have helped.

Stephanie - posted on 04/18/2009

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hi* my blood pressure was normal at 31 weeks and at my 32 week check up they found it was really high and i was getting protein in my urine. they pushed me for 2 days to give 2 shots of steriods for babies lungs and i had an emergency ceaser at 32 weeks , 2 days. apparently with pre eclampsia if they leave it mom and baby can get really really ill so they have to deliver the baby.

Theresa - posted on 04/17/2009

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I had PE that graduated to Eclampsia and HELLP. My doctor told me that what they are finding out, is that if i have more children with my husband that I have a low risk of developing either disorder again however, if i divorce my husband (which I did) and have a child with another man chances are I will have both again (and will most likely be more severe).

Ashley - posted on 04/16/2009

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the magnesium is the worst!!! I had to be on it almost a week when I had my daughter and 4 days when I had my son. The magnesium is horrible itself, but the worst part is that I couldnt see my kids until I was off of it for at least 24 hours! That was the worst part about it.

Ashley - posted on 04/16/2009

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Its amazing how fast pre eclampsia hits!With my daughter, I went to the doctors in the beginning of the week and had no signs of it. and by the end of the week my whole body was swelled up from head to toe and the worst headache imaginable. I went to the doctors exactly a week from my last appt. and my blood pressure was sky high and my protein in my urine was +7. With my son they watched me very closely, I went to the doctors 3 days before I delivered and found nothing wrong and I felt fine. Then the day before I delivered I started feeling sick to my stomach and thought it was just the flu. I ended up going to the ER the next day because of bad stomach cramps and found out the baby wasn't moving and actually stopped growing for 3 weeks, so they ended up doing an emergeny c-section. Its unreal how fast it could hit.

Natasha - posted on 04/13/2009

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I had pre-e but my doctors ignored the signs until it was almost too late. Finally they did a protein test and noticed it was spilling in my urine worse than before. Then my blood pressure took off and I almost had a stroke and a seizure. They decided to induce me.I almost died in labor, I had to be put on magnesium through an IV, it was horrible, I'm just glad my daughter is okay.

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Quoting Amy:

I am thankful for my babies.. And I thank God that they are with me, It just strikes me as strange that everyone I have heard of with PE was put on bedrest except me :( The bubs were growing fine aswell, weighing 4lbs10oz and 4lbs 5 and a half ounces. I have heard other mothers say that they feel guilty even though it wasnt in their hands.. well I feel terrible for not questioning it, even though I could do nothing about it.


I wasn't put on bedrest, either.  They only found my preeclampsia 2 days before I delivered.  I went for a normal check-up, and had a little protein in my urine and high blood pressure, so my doc had me admitted for observation.  Over the next 24 hours, the amount of protein in my urine increased from 2 grams to 10, and my blood pressure did not go down, so they gave me a magnesium drip to keep siezures at bay while they gave the steroid shots for my baby's lungs time to develop.  The only benefit of bed rest is that your blood pressure often goes down some while you are resting, which can buy a little more time for the baby to stay in the womb.  This only happened to me a week ago, so I am still coming to terms with what happened.  I've been doing some internet investigating, and babycenter.com and the Pre-Eclampsia Foundation (preeclampsia.org) have some great information on what happens, usual procedures, and support for when it does happen.

Lori - posted on 03/29/2009

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I had my baby at 34 weeks due to severe PE and HELLP Syndrome which cause the liver and pancreas to shut down  I was not on bed rest and had a very normal pregnancy up until I had symptoms the day she was born.  Ironically I had a doc appointment that day with one high BP reading and then checked it again after a few minutes to find it normal and sent me on my way.  My docs told me there was no way to know that that was going to happen.  The whold experience was very scary because it came on very fast.  I look at my emer. C-Section scar and know that I am lucky everyday that we are here

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