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Hey all, I could use some prayers and good thoughts right now. My midwife I sending me to the hospital to be monitored for preeclampsia because of alarmingly high blood pressures at my appointment. I have been down this road before with my oldest but preeclampsia didn't occur until I was already full term. Right now I'm only 22 weeks or so, so it is a lot scarier for me than before. 

I've also had preeclampsia scares with other pregnancies so I'm trying to stay positive a believe that this is just a fluke. But any prayers would be appreciated. Thanks

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Hugs and prayers. I know that's scary. 

 

Hopefully it is either just gestational hypertension or chronic hypertension (since you're so early, it is possible it's unmasked chronic hypertension, especially if you had any elevated BPs before 20 weeks). 

 

How high are you running? Do you have an MFM on your team at all?

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1 hour ago, happypamama said:

Hugs and prayers. I know that's scary. 

 

Hopefully it is either just gestational hypertension or chronic hypertension (since you're so early, it is possible it's unmasked chronic hypertension, especially if you had any elevated BPs before 20 weeks). 

 

How high are you running? Do you have an MFM on your team at all?

I haven't had any high readings until today and I monitor every few days at home because I've had issues during pregnancy before. Highest today was 150/98 I believe. No protein in urine. I have had a headache all day, no blurry vision or swelling.  

They put me on blood pressure meds and will be monitoring me closely this pregnancy. I do have a MFM on my team thankfully. 

I couldn't help thinking about your experience when they told me they were sending me to be monitored. Your guy was in the NICU a few weeks before my youngest was born and rushed to the NICU for different complications. I really appreciate you taking the time to post. Thank you.

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Thank you all. For now, I'm being sent home on blood pressure medicine and monitored closely going forward. My Dr happened to be on duty at the hospital so it was nice to actually have him in the room with me being the one working directly with the nurses. Rather than it all being over the phone.

I got an ultrasound at the hospital to check babies growth, placenta health, etc. But will get a more thorough one in the morning which will be nice. 

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20 minutes ago, hjffkj said:

I haven't had any high readings until today and I monitor every few days at home because I've had issues during pregnancy before. Highest today was 150/98 I believe. No protein in urine. I have had a headache all day, no blurry vision or swelling.  

They put me on blood pressure meds and will be monitoring me closely this pregnancy. I do have a MFM on my team thankfully. 

I couldn't help thinking about your experience when they told me they were sending me to be monitored. Your guy was in the NICU a few weeks before my youngest was born and rushed to the NICU for different complications. I really appreciate you taking the time to post. Thank you.

Hugs -- I remember that. Hopefully this is a very different situation. It sounds like it may qualify as gestational hypertension (BP over 140/90 after 20w but without the second symptom to be PE).  Did they run labs or start a 24 hour urine? Those will tell them more, so if they haven't done those, you can ask if they would be helpful. I hope the headache goes away, but yay for no blurry vision or swelling! Based on my time modding a huge PE Facebook group (and PM me if you're interested in joining), it sounds like you are in good hands and being watched well. Many hugs!

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Thinking about you and the baby. Glad you get to go home- hopefully the BP medication will do the trick.

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3 minutes ago, happypamama said:

Hugs -- I remember that. Hopefully this is a very different situation. It sounds like it may qualify as gestational hypertension (BP over 140/90 after 20w but without the second symptom to be PE).  Did they run labs or start a 24 hour urine? Those will tell them more, so if they haven't done those, you can ask if they would be helpful. I hope the headache goes away, but yay for no blurry vision or swelling! Based on my time modding a huge PE Facebook group (and PM me if you're interested in joining), it sounds like you are in good hands and being watched well. Many hugs!

They did start lab work but released me from the hospital before results came back because my blood pressure started going down prior to be meds, although not low enough to not warrant the meds.  They mentioned a 24 hr urine as a possibility for the future if other indications arise.

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2 minutes ago, hjffkj said:

They did start lab work but released me from the hospital before results came back because my blood pressure started going down prior to be meds, although not low enough to not warrant the meds.  They mentioned a 24 hr urine as a possibility for the future if other indications arise.

That's perfect!

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34 minutes ago, hjffkj said:

I haven't had any high readings until today and I monitor every few days at home because I've had issues during pregnancy before. Highest today was 150/98 I believe. No protein in urine. I have had a headache all day, no blurry vision or swelling.  

They put me on blood pressure meds and will be monitoring me closely this pregnancy. I do have a MFM on my team thankfully. 

I couldn't help thinking about your experience when they told me they were sending me to be monitored. Your guy was in the NICU a few weeks before my youngest was born and rushed to the NICU for different complications. I really appreciate you taking the time to post. Thank you.

 

Just to offer some reassurance:  I developed pre-eclampsia at 25 weeks - monster headache, blood pressure 160/120, protein in urine.  With bed rest, I made it to the 36 week mark before they induced me.  My son was under 6 pounds, but perfectly healthy in every way.  We went home from  the hospital two days after his birth.  He is now a 6 ft 23 year old.

Hugs and prayers for you and your baby.  

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Hugs hugs hugs!  That’s why I’m on with an MFM too.  Hopefully it’s just unmasked hypertension and not PE, but if it is please join us on the Facebook group mentioned - they’re a wealth of knowledge and support.

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15 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

Hugs hugs hugs!  That’s why I’m on with an MFM too.  Hopefully it’s just unmasked hypertension and not PE, but if it is please join us on the Facebook group mentioned - they’re a wealth of knowledge and support.

 

It appears to just be hypertension but I may join the group later in pregnancy since I've never had support through my pre eclampsia. Dh reminded.me yesterday that I actually had it twice, not once like I thought. I remembered having it withy oldest but had forgotten that it developed two days after my youngest was born. I guess I was too worried about him in the NICU to give it much thought other than to just trust the docs were handling it.

I'm not expecting this pregnancy to be one of my easy ones so developing PE later in pregnancy feels like a given to me.

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I get it.  I’m having a hard time not being fatalistic about it this time either, though the odds are on my side that it won’t happen again. Unfortunately if you’ve had it more than once that means it could be a more common side effect for you, but they’re watching for it and that is half the battle.  If we’d known to look for it and I’d had a more typical presentation my little guy wouldn’t have had the issues he suffered with - monitoring closely would have caught them.  So that always makes me feel better.  
 

So it sounds like you finally found a care team after all the practices that were turning you down?!  That’s such good news!

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