what are my chances of getting preeclampsia again?

Lori - posted on 12/14/2011 ( 62 moms have responded )

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What are my chances of getting preeclampsia again my son is 5 months and I think I might be pregnant and im so scared I have preeclampsia when i had my son i went to the hospital to be induced and my blood pressure was high i pushed for hour and a half and ended up needing a csection and after that i had a seizure and i just have problems after that i see floaters which my eye doctor thinks its from me having high blood pressure which i dont have anymore.. and i get dizzy and they dont know why they already ran all kinds of test and i found out i have mitral valve prolapse and i have chest pain.. i just dont know what to do

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Rachael - posted on 12/17/2011

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I had it with my first pregnancy (my daughter) but didn't have it the 2nd time with my son... it all depends on how your body deals with the pregnancy at the time.

Jenelle - posted on 01/24/2012

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I ended up having preeclampsia with all 3 pregnancy , Blood pressure sat at 145/95 ( on 2 blood pressure tablets a day) from about 22 weeks with all once I get to about 36 weeks it is about 150/100. I was on Weekly check from 20 weeks with all of them. I was induced between 37-38weeks with all of mine. Preeclampsia didn't fully kick in until the end but lucky for me I was already in hospital being monitored for my bp. The headache and blurred vision just all of a sudden came on and bp would shoot up. Not too sure what It got to with first 2 but with my last one (10 weeks now) it got to 180/122 but I had no side affects first to babies born fine healthy weight but my last had some heart and lung problems and was in icu for a week. the pe came on faster and stronger with each pregnancy. Doctors have advised not to have anymore :(

Halona - posted on 01/08/2012

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I had pre-eclampsia with HELLP syndrome with my first child, but wasn't diagnosed until the day I had him (since my blood pressure was normal throughout the pregnancy). When I was pregnant with my second child, my OB told me I had a 30% chance of developing it again. I had to see the high risk doctor quite often, but ended up having a fairly normal pregnancy with a scheduled c-section (due to my first being an emergency c-section). I only had one episode of hands swelling and high blood pressure, but after being put on modified bed-rest and just ignoring the deep cleaning of my house, everything normalized. The more you stress, the higher your blood pressure will be anyway.



My 1st & 2nd trimester were completely normal and then at about 32 weeks, I had the hand swelling and elevated BP for a few days. Once I relaxed and stopped being on my feet cleaning and cooking all day, everything was quite normal. Not to say I wasn't worried those last 7 weeks . . .



Just wanted to add that my high risk doctor put me on Low Dose (baby) aspirin and extra Calcium throughout the entire pregnancy because studies have shown it reduces your risk.

A. - posted on 12/22/2011

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I had preeclampsia with my 1st child. I didn't not have it with my 2, 3rd or (soon to be) 4th child.

Angela - posted on 12/19/2011

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I had eclampsia(u lose the pre part once you have had a seizure) with my first child. She was born at 32 weeks and weighed 3lbs at birth. The high blood pressure turned into a condition called HELLP, where your liver kills itself(extremely painful btw) and then the rest of your body, including your unborn child. After that I was very nervous about having another baby, and so was my family. I was labled High Risk by my OB for my second pregnancy and was monitored weekly, but it went great until 30ish weeks when i went into preterm labor. I had a few new issues with my second, like a tied umbilical cord and contractions five mintues apart until i gave birth at 37 weeks. I also had to stay at the hospital for 6 weeks because of that. My point is that the drs told me i had a 33 percant chance of it happening again, and I didnt. We now have two very healthy little girls, but i am advised not to have anymore because with each pregnancy that you do not have eclampsia the chances go up. Best of luck to you! I hope you do have another child and that all goes well.

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Sarah - posted on 08/07/2013

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I have just experienced my first pregnancy and the worst lose of my life! I was 26 weeks and 3 days when I went to the hospital bc I started having fluid in my eye lids. I had never been told about preeclampsia until that day! When I got to the hospital it was already too late.. I had a placental abruption and my little girl was already gone. I wish to try again on the future but I'm not sure I could handle losing another baby... The drs said I would always be at high risk... Very scared!!!!

Hope - posted on 01/19/2012

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I was suddenly diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and induced for labor the same day. Partial placental abruption; IUGR; hemmoraging, but not needing a blood transfusion; oxygen; and my son was forcept delivery with resuscitation before his first breath and off to nicu. Thankfully, because I had preeclampsia already, if I became prego again I'd be closely monitored by my high-risk obgyn.

First, make sure you are prego- take a pregnancy test; folic acid and call your obgyn. You might want to be referred to a Perinatologist. You can find a lot of helpful suggestions and info at the Preeclampsia Foundation's Website too. Ask your obgyn about lower sodium diet too. Hope this helps you some.

Lin - posted on 01/10/2012

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I had preclampsia with 2 of my pregnancies. Both like clockwork: Find a high BP that doesn't seem to go down for my 36w checkup, spend the weekend in the hospital, get the diagnosis, have a baby on Tuesday. It was slightly worse the second time around, but I thought it could be blamed on the stress of raising a 2 year old while being in severe pain to move, insurance suddenly dropping me, getting fat jokes instead of congratulations on the second baby, etc.

Nikkie - posted on 01/09/2012

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U should just google the question and u'll get more information. Or cll ur obgyn. They will have the answers ur looking for. Everyone is different and ones body may hve different reactions. Its best to ask ur doctor

Ume Ammara - posted on 01/08/2012

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yeah that's right Halona, I want to know who didn't experience it 2nd time how was their bp in 2nd trimester ?did they experience the 2nd trimester dip or not?

Ashley - posted on 12/29/2011

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I got pre eclampsia with my 1st and techniquly my 2nd (they were twins) I delivered via c-section 3 weeks before my due date. My twins are now almost 6 years old. I had my third in 2010 and was very worried about getting preeclampsia again so I asked my dr if that could happen. He told me that pre eclampsia is actually caused by something with the father, my twins and my other child have different dads, I didnt get it with my last child, she was born about 4 days before my due date.

Tracy - posted on 12/26/2011

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in addition to my post......but he said that to me probably because he knows my health history with different things and knows me. who knows. but 2 out of 2 i had preeclampsia

Tracy - posted on 12/26/2011

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i had preeclampsia with my first. i had emergency c section at 35 weeks because my bp was 200/121 .she is 3 now and my now 14 month old was emergency csection at 30 weeks and i was preeclamptic as well. but this time my kidneys were starting to fail and my bp was up.but not as high as my first. my ob told me that since the first one i was preeclamptic and my b was high. i will always be a high risk and most likely develop preeclampsia with each pregnancy

Tami - posted on 12/26/2011

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I had eclampsia 3weeks post partum and a mild stroke. Normally one would have a 50/50 chance of having pre-eclampsia in following pregnancies. The have given me only a 15% chance because I also had Gillian-barre syndrome at the time and they think the 2 issues were related. I am still very nervous about the pregnancy even with a 15% chance. Really don't wanna be on the vent again

Jessica - posted on 12/23/2011

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i got this with my one and only, due to all the complications and the nurse stuffing up by making me push before i was ready my baby has medical complications, but i was toold that if u get it for one, ur more then likely get it for the next ones. It rare u dont.

Angela - posted on 12/22/2011

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actually you can do something while pregnant to try to prevent pre-eclampsia again. You take baby asprin 81mg every day. its a blood thinner and will help in prevention.

Rebecca - posted on 12/20/2011

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I had it bad with my first child and ended up having a c-section. and having her didn't cure it. I got sent home and 2 days later I was readmitted because my blood pressure was 213 over 133. It took them have to give me blood pressure pills twice a day for a month and a half. I had my second but didn't have it. with having a c-section with my first I had to have a c-section with my 2nd and when they do that they take the baby generally around 38 weeks. Which is when my preclampsia started with my first. The best thing that i did was go buy a blood pressure machine from walmart and i started monitoring myself

Ume Ammara - posted on 12/20/2011

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When ppl start getting it second time, around when u got it 1st time or before.?.doctors normally think u dont necesserily get it 2nd time and if u do u can't do anything to avoid it.

Laura - posted on 12/19/2011

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I got told it was slim to none unless you have multiple sex partners BUT I had it with both pregnancies and they were 5.5 yrs apart with the same guy. It is a scary situation to have with one let alone with two. I guess it just depends on your body. If you are worried, talk to your ob and go from there.

Ume Ammara - posted on 12/19/2011

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Hi, i have developed high bp at 32 weeks with my son in 2006, not sure i had preeclempsia or not as doctors never mentioned that , and my 24 hours urine test was clear of protein but i had some swelling and my son was delivered at 34 weeks as he was not gaining weight .Anyways my problem was that my son had suffered stroke before or after birth and now as a result has very reduced vision..doctors think it can be related to me having high bp.. I am pregnant again at 15 weeks right now and obviously i m really scared ..my bp is normal even low in 90s/60s so far but high at docot's office because i have developed a severe fhobia since my 1srt experience and doctors advised me take my bp at home and even checked my monitor...I want to know what were ur bp readinds like in 1st and 2nd trimester...can they go from low to that high and do anyone have any tips to avoid that?My bp went to 170/100 with my son and at the time of csectionit was 160/90 but at 120 /70 in 1st and 2nd trimester.

Anna - posted on 12/19/2011

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My friend had preeclamsia with her first pregnancy, which developed around 5 months but second one she had a healthy pregnancy.

Lisa - posted on 12/19/2011

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I had it with my first son he was born 10 weeks pre by emergency c section. They told me its less likely to get it again if your with the same partner I have had 2 more children since and havent had it again

Breanna - posted on 12/18/2011

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i'm glad you asked this question, because i am worried that i have preeclampsia and this post has really helped me! thanks ladies....

Lori - posted on 12/16/2011

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Middle of my pregnancy i had really bad head achs and i started to see floaters at times this is when i had no idea what preclampsia was and my doctors said that there probably something wrong with my brain.. i got it checked out and it was not so idk if they just didnt care but when i got induced thats when they noticed my blood pressure was high and the nurses told me they don't know why and then after my csection i had a seizure then they put me on mag.. just mad they waited til i had my seizure to do anything..

Lori - posted on 12/16/2011

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I had the preeclampsia issue with my daughter. I am hoping that it doesn't happen with my current pregnancy. I was put on bedrest with my first when my BP hit 170. They induced me within two weeks of being put on bedrest. I can't imagine my BP getting much higher.

The MVP is fixable. A friend of mine had that most of her life but with some surgery it was corrected. Although, she was on a heart monitor during the birth of her daughter. The doctors were just being cautious. Just be careful and keep the doctors informed with what is going on with you. Keep a log of your BP and anything else that might be going on with you. That way you have a record for yourself and you don't have to rely on the doctors to keep you informed.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/16/2011

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My thyroid started acting up 6 months after I had my first and I was pre eclamptic for her during the last week. My 2nd pregnancy and labour were the worst

Jamie - posted on 12/16/2011

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Ohh yeah, thyroid issues are underlying disorders for PE! Was it being treated while you were pregnant? (that is suppose to lower the risk if it is under control)

200!!!! Holy S*$% that is high! I'm really happy you're okay. My diastolic got to 160 during my C-section...which seemed super high, but you won by 40 points (come and collect your prize ;-) ..) Was that with the first or the second?

I think the thing that really did the most damage to my psychologically was when i started spontaneously bleeding from my eyes (after my platelets dropped to 90K) I think it is going to take awhile to recover from that...

Have you spoken with a Perinatologist? I went to a preconception consultation (before we decided to just go ahead and have my husband get a vasectomy) and I had the best experience with him. They really know a lot about PE and underlying disorders.

I'm sorry you're in the dark about your medical history. That has to be really hard. I hope times have changed enough for adoptive parents realize how important keeping contact with birth families.... and their medical records really is...

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/16/2011

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Jamie that isn't the half of it. I was induced 2 weeks before my due date and while I was in labour my diastolic was 200! Nurses were coming in and asking if that was real. At least that's what my mom said.

I also have a hyper active thyroid (which is being kept at bay now because I'm breastfeeding) that started after I had my first daughter back in '04. Plus as I've said in a few other posts, I'm adopted so I don't know much of my medical history.

My endocrinologist back in Rochester said that I should get in touch with an endocrinologist here in Kelowna before I get pregnant and I should probably be on bed rest for most of my pregnancy.

Jamie - posted on 12/16/2011

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Wow Megan, you diastolic got really high. Did you make it full-term? So glad you guys are okay.

They still aren't sure what to do about prehypertensive patients, yet. Some doctors medicate some feel it is actually more harmful to do so. So, it is a really interesting topic.

I have a fight or flight response with the bp cuff after my son was born. I'm afraid of it....It's a psychological issue. My bp when I'm unaware it is being taken is 110/70- if I'm aware it is taken my mind will think I'm dying (PTSD) and it will go up to 130-40/80-90 and my heart rate spikes to 140. My doctors were so frustrated for awhile because they had to figure out if it was doing that everyday (and they would medicate me if it did) or if it was completely due to the cuff....it took awhile and I have to get my bp taken manually every time, but we realized it was the cuff.

I hate what this disease did to my mind more than anything else.

I was so lucky that both my child and I came out of the ordeal physically okay, but PTSD is really not fun.

Oh and if anyone had HELLP- USC and UCLA are working together on a research project trying to determine genetic markers. If you're interested I will get you in touch with the head of the project. I am praying they will find a cure for this in my lifetime.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/16/2011

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Even so it's good to be informed for your next pregnancy if you do intend to have another baby.

Lori - posted on 12/16/2011

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Not even sure if im pregnant though I took a test it says im not im really hoping im not.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/16/2011

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Jamie I have high BP normally and I was told that 120/80 is pre hypertension 140/90 is hypertension. I was on bed rest with my last baby because my bp at rest was 136/100.

I'm pre hypertension because of genetics.

Lori I was close to pre-ecclamptic with my first daughter and pre ecclamptic with this one. The best advice I can give is to monitor your diet and keep in touch with your doctors.

Lori - posted on 12/15/2011

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Yeah maybe after i had him i had chest pain and they found i had mitral valve prolapse have problems since i had him thats why i hope im not pregnant.

Jamie - posted on 12/15/2011

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actually the new target blood pressure is 115/75. 120/80 and anything between that and 140/90 is considered pre-hypertension and should be monitored.

In pregnancy it should be even lower than target bp during the second trimester.

Lori, Mitral Valve Prolapse is generally a congenital condition. Are you sure that the doctors just didn't discover it until that point? I have it, too.

The Brewer diet is actually still very controversial. My dad did his graduate work at UC Berkeley with Dr. Brewer during the really famous penthouse studies. My dad was all about protein....
But then look at me- I got HELLP #Irony

Sometimes it is just a crappy implantation and other times there are underlying disorders that are going to put you at risk with every pregnancy. That is why it is so important to see an MFM or perinatologist if you've had Preeclampsia previously. They are much more educated in PE and HELLP than a general OB.

Medic - posted on 12/15/2011

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Ok the theory that we are taught to is that 120/80 is perfect......the closer you are to that the better it is....yes everyone is different but most drs and medics I know are not psychics and can tell what people usually run so we stick to what we know as being perfect and gauge how good or bad someones bp is in comparison to that.

Melissa - posted on 12/15/2011

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120/80 is averrage not perfect everyone is different! Some people get worried if they hear that it has to be that! People have to learn what is average some peoples range is a little different. i had preeclampsia with my first and not with my second. i had a much more difficult pregnancy with my first than second but worse delivery with the second. I think it all depends on what you eat too can control it to. My second pregnancy i controlled what i ate more. i was not medicated for my preeclampsia with my first so with my second watching my diet more with the types of food i ate probably helped avoid it. So it probably depends on the situation I also watched for symptoms and as soon as i knew when it started getting worse i took it easier. Sounds like you had it worse though. I would watch for dizziness and lightheadness, keep hydrated, have a lower sodium diet, no processed food or very little, and take it as easy as possible!

Jamie - posted on 12/15/2011

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Have you seen a perinatologist? Make an appointment ASAP! You can also see him for a pre-pregnancy consultation. They will do bloodwork and from the results of that and other factors they have give you an estimated % for recurrence.

mitral valve prolapse is another underlying condition that ups your risk, if you ever had high BP outside of pregnancy it ups your risk, too.

Get in the care of an MFM and a good Peri. They will monitor you like a hawk! So don't worry!

Lori - posted on 12/15/2011

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Took a 6 days before your missed period test and says im not pregnant so called a obygn to be put on birthcontrol.

Medic - posted on 12/14/2011

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the diastolic number is more important because once it is over 90 that is bad and over 100 is VERY bad, it also is bad if the systolic and diastolic are too close.

Medic - posted on 12/14/2011

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You really should monitor your own bp a few times a day to kind of get a base line.

Medic - posted on 12/14/2011

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Pre-eclampsia affects approximately 6-8% of all pregnancies worldwide,[7] with onset of symptoms in the late second or third trimester, most commonly after the 32nd week. Some women will experience pre-eclampsia as early as 20 weeks, though this is rare. It is much more common in women who are pregnant for the first time,[8] and its frequency drops significantly in second pregnancies. While change of paternity in a subsequent pregnancy is now thought to lower risk except in those with a family history of hypertensive pregnancy,[9] since increasing maternal age raises risk,[10] it has been difficult to evaluate how significant paternity change actually is and studies are providing conflicting data on this point.

Pre-eclampsia is also more common in women who have preexisting hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, various inherited thrombophilias such as Factor V Leiden, renal disease, women with a family history of pre-eclampsia, obese women, and women with a multiple gestation (twins or multiple birth). The single most significant risk for developing pre-eclampsia is having had pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preeclampsi...

Lori - posted on 12/14/2011

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My doctor told me there was a 15 percent chance of me have preclampsia again and a 15 percent chance of me having another seizure

Lori - posted on 12/14/2011

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No no one ever told me while i was in the hospital they just told me it was high.

Medic - posted on 12/14/2011

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From what I understand (my knowledge being purely from experiance and what I know from being a Paramedic) once you have it with one pregnancy it is more likely to occur again and be worse. They advised me not to have anymore kids because of the likelyhood of death from how high mine got and the fact that it can be so high and I not feel any different.

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