Pregnancy Complications….did you have any?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BellaDee:  I am currently 35 weeks and was just diagnosed with gestational hypertension and high-risk for pre-eclampsia yesterday.

It started when I went into my 32 week appointment, which showed elevated blood pressure. Since my blood pressure is normally pretty low (100/59 ish would be normal for me), they mentioned it, but said that at that point they weren’t worried. During my 33rd week, I started feeling nauseous, seeing spots, and having headaches. I mentioned this at my 34 week appointment, and after my blood pressure had creeped up even more they told me to keep an eye on my symptoms and if they got worse to go in right away. The next day I woke up and started throwing up, so they had me to go L&D. I had a non-stres test and blood draws. All tests came back normal and baby looked fine. They had me do a 24 hour urine analysis which also came back normal. They decided they wanted me to be monitored more regularly, though, so I went in for an appointment yesterday, during my 35th week. My blood pressure was sky high, officially in gestational hypertension range.

I am now on modified bedrest, out of work, and have to check my blood pressure twice a day. I have weekly 24 hour urine analyses and blood tests. I will also have regular ultrasounds to make sure baby is growing as she should. Honestly, it was a lot to take in yesterday. DH and I took it pretty rough; but, we know that at this point the best thing is to not worry. I need to keep my BP down and relax. With all of the monitoring that I am undergoing, if it does turn to something more serious we will know about it before it hurts me or baby. Ugh, it’s a lot to take in, though!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Accidental Double Post!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BellaDee:  It was 147/97 at the doctor’s office yesterday. While checking at home, it hasn’t been that high again, but it still higher than they would like. If it goes over 140/90 again they want to be informed right away, and if it goes over 160/110 I’m to go immediately to L&D.

If I need to deliver early (due to developing pre-e or BP starts to hurt baby) they will induce me so I can deliver vaginally, but my hopes of an all natural, limited intervention birth are pretty much out the window. I will need to be hooked up to monitors to make sure my BP is under control and baby isn’t stressed. They also recommend an epidural, which I was hoping to avoid, just in case they have to get her out quickly. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@FloridaGatorBride:  Good luck to you! Some friends of mine experienced severe pre-eclampsia and it is nothing to mess with. Best wishes for a safe and healthy birth! The preeclampsia.org website is a wonderful resource for information.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FloridaGatorBride:  Can I ask what your BP is now, being high? I too have suffered low blood pressure, usually around 90/50. I went into the hospital on Monday as I was having loss of vision and seeing stars, so they ran a whole heap of tests for pre-e and monitored my BP for a few hours, which sat at around 115/90 ish, which for me is high. Of course they weren’t concerned with it being “high” as it’s still within normal range, but I have since experienced flashing (with my eyes) which they said to let them know about. I had no protein in my urine, my bloods were all good and am not swelling at all, not even the slightest!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Where do I begin? lol. I will say, that I NEVER thought that I would be the one to experience complications. Nothing runs in my or DH’s family, and I was/am very healthy.

From week 5-17 I spotted on and off. Never determined why.

At week 22, the real complications began. I landed in the ER in excruciating pain. I had been in mild pain all weekend and just thought it was round ligament pain..on Monday it became more than I could bear.

After much testing I was diagnosed with hydropnephrosis of my right kidney. Basically, my uterus was pushing on my ureter, and not allowing my kidney to drain. Freaking excruciating. I had a stent placed between my kidney and bladder (it is TERRIFYING to have surgery while pregnant, btw). The stent eventually began forming crystals (like kidney stones) and became even more painful. I spent a lot of time on the couch, unable to do anything. There were good days, bad days. I was in and out a of the hospital a few times to have my stent removed and replaced.

At 37 weeks my DD was diagnosed IUGR, likely due to the physical stress on my body with the hydronephrosis, and I was induced at 38w4d. She was small (5lb5oz) but completely healthy. I had my stent removed the day after her birth (it was replaced with a temporary one that I could remove myself). We stayed in hospital 6 days (she had jaundice). My kidney now is 100% normal and I sustained no permenent damage.

So, my pregnancy was quite stressfull at times, but I always maintained a positive outlook and did not stress. I was obviously concerned about my DD’s wellbeing many times (anethesia, pain meds, stress, etc) and was so relieved that she was ok.

The whole experience has traumatized me a bit though. We want to have another child, but I simply cannot imagine going through the same complications and needing to look after my DD at the same time.

There is no guarentee this won’t happen in subsequent pregnancies. I’m actually scheduled for an ultrasound today to look at a persistent ovarian cyst (which we now know was there during my pregnancy) to see what is going on with it. It may be possible that the cyst was the cause of my ureter being blocked…so if that is true, and we can’t do anything about the cyst, I’m almost guarenteed to have the same problem again.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@BellaDee:  I was hypertensive prior to getting pregnant. I went off my meds when I found out. My bp has been normal/low without intervention. I also have gestational diabetes. It sucked at first, but now I am doing just fine. It’s helping me to not gain a bunch of weight.

My doctor is so pleased with my progress and baby is great! I see MFM docs every month and see my ob every 2 weeks. I get lots of ultrasounds and extra tests, but everything has been normal. I’m 20w 1d.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@BellaDee:  I am aware of this 🙂 If you re-read my post I mentioned that I know it is within the normal range. And it actually is high for me, my blood pressure is normally very low. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I had a severe early onset of Preeclampsia at 24 weeks gestation. I was incredibly unwell with my bp up 210/180 when I was admitted to ED. I spent 3 weeks in hospital and my daughter was stilborn at 27 weeks gestation. Im currently expecting again and am 9 weeks today! 

 

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