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Emma - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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So, here's the story lol. I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome with my first child. I am currently 35wks (weds) with my 2nd and I am getting constant headaches (like a migraine), have quite abit of ankle swelling, abdomen pain and my wrists and ankles are constantly aching even though I've done little walking etc today. I was just wondering if this sounds like pre-eclampsia again. I only have the MW monday and I'm quite worried.

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Lindsay - posted on 02/15/2010

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Do you have access to a blood pressure cuff? My husband is a paramedic so he checks my blood pressure every few days. I don't know much about pre-eclampsia, but I would definitely try to see a doctor.

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Emma - posted on 02/25/2010

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and to you Lindsay, I feel so uncomfortable right now, do you think the Mw's would induce me because I'm in so much pain it's unbearable and reduces me to tears on a daily basis? Take care

Lindsay - posted on 02/23/2010

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Emma, so glad to hear they are just Braxton-Hicks and that things are going well!!! Good luck to you!

Emma - posted on 02/23/2010

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I went to the hospital today, turns out they are just braxston hicks, I'm not dilated but the baby is engaged so things could progress pretty quickly from here. Thanks for all your help, my mind is a little at ease but like I say we worry so much when the first experience is a bad one. Good luck to you all. Not long left now so here's hoping a fast and safe delivery for us all.

Lindsay - posted on 02/23/2010

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I would defnitely mention the contractions...I'm not afraid to mention anything to my doctor (since I am so paranoid I ask him everything...even ridiculous things...heehee)...I thought mine might have been braxton hicks at first, but they are strong-sometimes I have to stop what I'm doing and wait for them to pass. I am averaging 30+ contractions a day and if they get much worse my doctor wants to start some meds to calm them down.

Jess - posted on 02/22/2010

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I thought I was having braxton hicks contractions with my daughter at about 32 weeks.... So I said nothing to my doctors and just called in sick to work. I was induced 3 weeks later and I was already starting to dialate when they put in the gel.... they asked me about it and I told them I was just having braxton hicks and the midwifes were laughing at me telling me they weren't braxton hicks..... luckily they stopped on their own, because I really thought they were just innocent ! Im glad to hear your both still pregnant at this point though, thats really great news !!!

Emma - posted on 02/22/2010

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that's really good considering your first was early? If I'm correct .. I went to the MW's today and everything is fine. Just a trace of protein. I didn't want to mention the contractions I've been getting because I could just imagine their reply 'they are only braxston hicks' should I mention these at my next check as they are really severe & sometimes regular?

Lindsay - posted on 02/22/2010

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I know I'm dilated because I had an exam during my last trip to the hospital (for my contractions). I'm due April 15, so I'll have 7 weeks left on Thursday.

Emma - posted on 02/21/2010

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I'm doing fine, I too am feeling contractions but luckily normally they are irregular. How can you tell you are dialated? I feel like I am more dialated with each contraction but I wouldn't know as my first was a 35weeker and I wasn't dialated till labour was induced. When are you due again Lindsay? I've got 4wk left on weds.

Lindsay - posted on 02/19/2010

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I'm doing fine...Thanks for asking Emma! I'm dealing with quite a few contractions round the clock, but at least they aren't regular yet (they are at times, but then become irregular again). I am also a fingertip dilated...but I'm hangin in there. How are you doing?

Emma - posted on 02/18/2010

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It's a definate fact that we worry more with first experience is a bad one. But on the bright side I'm passed 35 weeks which is when I had my first so yey me lol. How you doing Lindsay? x

Lindsay - posted on 02/16/2010

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Emma, I agree that you definitely worry too much when you've had a bad experience the first time! I had no idea I was in labor with my daughter at 27 weeks, and this time every little thing I feeI think I'm in labor.

Emma - posted on 02/16/2010

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I've been feeling alot better today, no protein in the urine, BP fine but they did some blood tests on urgent so hopefully I will find out tomorrow, if not and I feel bad again then hospital here I come, Thanks again Jess. I suppose I do worry to much but when you have a bad experience first time around it plays on your mind.

Emma - posted on 02/16/2010

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Thanks for the replies. I know I'm worrying because I had it before and it was really severe like you Jess mine went untreated for a few weeks because my BP was normal and then BANG sky high and I was admitted to hospital, 2 days bed rest, steroids and then 35wks and out comes baby lol.

Jess - posted on 02/15/2010

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Blood pressure is definatly a dead give away for pre-eclampsia, but even if its normal,, don't rule out pre-eclampsia. That is why no one believed that I had it, because my blood pressure was fine. Out of no where my blood pressure went through the roof and I was having heart tablets shoved down my throat and they didn't help at all because it was left too long ! My advise is go with gutt instinct, its generally right !

Jess - posted on 02/15/2010

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Sounds just like my symptoms when I had Pre-eclampisia... I was swollen like a whale, my stomach ached because I was constantly vomiting or it was coming out the other end ! I lived with a constant migrain, at times it was so bad I couldn't even walk. I ached all over especially my feet and ankles.



If your concerned perhaps visit your doctor or hospital to get checked out. I knew I had pre-eclampsia but couldn't get any doctors to listen to me. So mine went untreated until I was induced at 35 weeks.

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