Post # 1
I had my appointment today at 30 weeks and my doctor was immedately concerned about my blood pressure and how much my hands were swelling. It was 142/84 and it went to 137/83 during my appointment.
She sent me to labor and delivery triage to get monitored to see how it was after some time, and it thankfully went down to 121/66 after some time. Baby was looking great and my labs came back good.
To be on the safe side, they decided to put me on a 24 hour urine sample to rule out preeclampsia.
They did that it was a little early to be diagnosed with preeclampsia, so I was wondering if it meant that because of this “episode” does it mean I will develop it later? I know my blood pressure went down when I was laying down but obviously it is higher when I am up and about.
They didn’t give me much other than they were going to do the sample, so I am left wondering if I am going to develop pre-e or was it really just a fluke? I’ve been having swelling, along with numbness from carpal tunnel in my hands for some time, but the increased swelling has been recent.
Post # 3
Was there protein in your urine? A couple of moms on the boards have had non-preE related high BP. They were monitored for a while & eventually induced closer to their due dates. Pregnancy does weird things to our bodies!
Post # 4
I had pregnancy-induced hypertension with no pre-e. My OB put me on a very low dose of medication and it controlled my BP beautifully. I’m 8 mo pp now and my BP is perfectly normal.
High BP readings can certainly be a fluke. Your OB is performing the tests necessary to determine your future care. Please try not to stress, and try not to Google! No one on a message board can tell you whether you’ll develop pre-e.
Post # 5
Poor you! It sounds like you might be developing preeclampsia- but there are treatments and the urine test will give them a better idea with how to treat you. The most important thing is that they are monitoring your blood pressure- and presumably will continue to do so 🙂
try not to worry too much- with good treatment and monitoring, everything should be okay. 🙂
try not to get too stressed about it- just listen to your doctors, it’s their job to tell you what is going on and when to worry x x x x take care sweetie
Post # 6
@panda1126: Yikes, that was not a good day, huh? Can you call your doctor back tomorrow and ask more questions, to help you feel a little more informed about what’s going on? I’m sorry you had such a scary BP reading, but the important thing to focus on is that your doctor will get to the bottom of it, and they will help you get it under control.
Post # 7
@panda1126: I had preeclampsia in my first pregnancy at 27 weeks – so 30 weeks is certainly not too early to develop it (im currently 30 weeks with second baby – no symptoms though). Its great that your blood pressure went down. if its any consilation when I had Preeclampsia my blood pressure did not go down on resting – even medication didnt help for the frist couple weeks. The swelling is of more concern. You may just have high bp and that can be controlled easily with medication. There is no treatment for preeclampsia once it is diagnosed so just try to rest in the meantime. Hopefully its a one off and they may just suggest taking things a bit slower if your still working and perhaps bed rest 🙂
Post # 8
I could have written this post this morning after my 32 week check up! My BP was 147/89 in the appointment (was super low earlier in pregnancy and low side of normal pre pregnancy). I have no protein in urine though so just told to go back in a fortnight to be checked again (which I’d be doing anyway for 34 week check up) and look out for symptoms. Let me know what happens with you!
Post # 9
@panda1126: I had this happen around week 34, I think? They had me come in at 35 weeks as well, and BP was still high. They diagnosed me with “gestational hypertension and high-risk for pre-eclampsia.” I also had horribly swelling, headaches, would randomly see spots. I was put on bedrest and was monitored closely, in case it did become pre-e. I made it to 39 weeks before they had to deliver the baby.
Post # 10
Exact same thing happened to me at 28 weeks. From that point I was put on meds to control Bp and had twice weekly non stress tests. Never developEd pre e and delivered one day after due date to a healthy baby boy. Try not to stress and just trust the doctors. Better to be monitored closely!
Post # 11
Update: So I returned my 24 hour urine sample and went back to labor and delivery to get monitored. I was able to get my blood pressure down to 104/58 which was great but we found out I had protien in my urine.
So long story short, I was put on modified bed rest and given a steriod shot to help with baby’s lungs in case i have to deliever in the next couple weeks.
Of course this had to happen during us moving and I had to stop working but baby is most important.
They also took measurements for his weigut and he is 4 pounds 14 ounces at 31 weeks so he’s a big boy. And now I have four appointments every week, 2 baby stresa tests and 2 ob appointments.