preeclampsia 2nd child

Janelle - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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with my first child i had preeclampsia and delivered at 33 weeks viz emergency c section...i am 28 weeks pregant with my second child and getting the same back pains i did with my first son...i was woundering if anyone knows the symptoms of it...and i dident think i had that much of a risk of getting it this time but i have the biggest feeling. because this is the time it statred last time.

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I was pre-eclamptic with my first child and had text book symptoms: swelling of the face and extremities, high blood pressure and protein in my urine. In the end, I had pain in my right side which is a symptom of HELLP syndrome. I delivered at 33 weeks. Second pregnancy, no pre-eclampsia, but borderline high blood pressure. I dropped my work hours to 20/week and stayed off my feet as much as possible. Still delivered at 35 weeks! Stay off your feet, avoid salt and follow your gut feelings! Best wishes for a healthy delivery!

Ume Ammara - posted on 02/23/2010

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i had pre in my first pregnancy 4 years back.it was a horrible experience i m going to be 34 this april.can increasing age be the factor of having pre in my next pregnancy.i want to ve more babies but y first experince was so scary.anyways all the luck to u.keep checking ur bp and take rest.

Tiesha Evelyn - posted on 02/21/2010

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If you arent really showing in the third trimester and all of a sudden you find urself being told ur looking swollen.... Thats a sign and definitely when your appetite just deminishes completely for two and three days at a time and u have to literally force urself to eat! Thats a for sure sign of Preeclampsia and if ur worried about having it again u should know already that it may possibly kill you or the baby and you!!! Take no chances i had a close call with Severe preeclampsia

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2010

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Take your bp. This is usually the first sign of pre-eclampsia, along with lots of swelling. If you are concerned at all... talk to your OB. I was told that pre-eclampsia will happen just with your first.. or with every pregnancy. But once you've had it... you are at higher risk for it. So.. talk to your dr.

Janelle - posted on 02/15/2010

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i have 3 of those to im probably just going to have to go to the hospital my doctors dont seem to care

Emma - posted on 02/15/2010

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The signs of pre-eclampsia are sickness, severe headaches (like a constant migraine), swelling (feet, arms, face), high BP, protein in urine, sudden weight gain, vision changes, racing pulse, mental confusion, heightened sense of anxiety, trouble catching your breath, stomach and/or right shoulder pain and lower back pain but obviously most of these are symptoms of just pregnancy. I was told if I had 3 or more of these to let my OBs know as I had severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome with my first. Here's hoping everything is ok.

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There is a fraternal link to pre-eclampsia (meaning the same father will produce the same results). Your OB can detect it fairly early on with a urine test that reads for protein. It's the same one they give you at your check ups, just ask what your protein levels were on your urine strip, if 2+ they need to be serious about it. Once you have pre-eclampsia you are likely to get it again. I was put on bed rest at home for 2 weeks and 1 week in the hospital where they were constantly testing the protein level in my urine tests. I did deliver normally but with a Magnesium drip to lessen the chance of heart attack but Magnesium really stinks!

Michelle - posted on 02/14/2010

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I had pre-eclampsia twice, both kids born @ 28 wks. I was with high risk dr's for second pregnancy, following everything very closely, was assigned bed rest @ 27 3/4 wks, but never got a chance to start as my BP shot up and had to deliver with emergency C section...my only recommendation is to rest and do everything you can to keep your BP down and keep the pre-ecl at bay...it's hard to do nothing sometimes, but do everything you can to be the best incubator for your baby, and to keep yourself healthy! Good luck to you & family...

Jess - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have been wondering about this too. I had untreated Preeclampsia for over 2 months. I was so sick, I had all the symptoms and worked full time. I was made to feel soo guilty by my co-workers for not being able to come in everyday. It felt so good to finally have a reason for my constant and varying illness's. I was induced at 36 weeks, the same day they finally worked out what was wrong with me. Oh yes the revenge was sweet when I told my work what I had and how bad it is !!!



I had a horror labour due to hospital negligence. I should have had an emergency c-section, but the hospital refused. Pumped me full of heart medication, refused me pain killers, strapped me to a bed and made me go through labour alone ! I still have complications now 6 months on !



Im terrified to have another baby !

Carie - posted on 02/11/2010

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So I have had pre-e twice. Both with the same father. My second was not as bad for me but Kaylee was born at 26 weeks. She was only 1lb 6oz and 12in long. My signs were swelling, headache, problems with passing urin, and the pain in the chest. You really should call your dr. There are tests they can run to check. Please call your Dr. they can help you.

Janelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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thanx! =)...i hope i dont get it eaither and its the same father but im having signs of it soo far soo i guess you neva really know...i haave also became anemic idk if that has anything to do with it.

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Oh wow! I had preeclampsia really bad and the same had to have an emergency c-section at 31 weeks. My little angel weigh 3.1lbs. It was so terrifying. I would like to have another one but I am so scared of going through that again and losing my life or the babies. My doctor keeps reassuring me that as long as I have the same partner that I will not get the preeclampsia as bad and I shouldn't be scared. Please keep me posted with your pregnancy. I wish you and your little one the best!!! Watch the salty food intake as well.

Sarah - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have 2 children and had preeclampsia with both of them...my son was born at 34 weeks and weighed 4lbs. 15oz. and my daughter was born at 36 weeks and weighed 7lbs. 7oz....with preeclampsia the symptoms are you look real "puffy" as i call it and ur skin gets really tight because ur body is retaining twice the amount of water....ur blood pressure can also get very high which is why they need to do a c-section most of the time because it can be harmful to the baby....i had both of my children via c-section....the doctors try to hold off til ur at least 34 weeks but my advice for u is to keep ur feet up elevated as much as possible and take it easy.....it actually helps out a lot to just rest all the time....that way u can maybe get a few more weeks in because baby is here....good luck to u...hope it helps!

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