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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-26-2007, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Pre-Eclampsia

I ended up being induced with my last baby due to a fairly fast progressing preeclampsia. Luckily for me, i was 39 weeks, so it was no big deal.

I had a girlfriend who gave birth 8 weeks early due to her pre-eclampsia. She is really disturbed, looking back, by how oblivious she was to how sick she was. She didn't take it at all seriously. She's making it her mission to better educate women on how serious this is.

To that end, she made this website, talking about it. http://www.squidoo.com/preeclampsia..myjourney/

If you are pregnant, I would suggest visiting it and reading her story.
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Thanks for sharing that!

With DS, I developed a large fluid pouch under my belly. I called the nurse and she blew me off. I had an appt with my OB three days later and she was pissed that that nurse didn't tell her what was going on with me. My BP was super-high and they induced me that night. I had no clue at the time how serious it was. This time I will be so much more aware of the possiblity of pre-e.
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I wish more pg women knew the symptoms of pre-e. I actually credit a mdc poster (gossamer) with educating me when I started having problems, without her I wouldn't have known how serious it was getting.
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Thanks for that link.

Her and I have a lot in common, though mine didn't get as serious beforehand. We delivered at 34 weeks, but mine was bad enough afterward for me to continue to be a patient for almost two weeks.

At the time, I was more concerned with the twins and how they were doing in the NICU, but thankfully I had a couple of nurses who strong-armed me in explaining how serious my condition was. And basically told me I was going to have a stroke at any moment and it was time to rest. It was a humbling experience and looking back on it, I wasn't thinking clearly.
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I can't remember how much she said in her note there, but she was readmitted back to the hospital and was there for a while. She still gets those weird floaties (her baby is 8 months old now), and she was on heavy doses of blood pressure medication for 3 or 4 months afterwards.

Her brain swelled, and she's noticed her memory isn't as good, and i've noticed she has some trouble slurring her words and her vocabulary isn't what it used to be.
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I had pre-eclampsia with my first and was induced at 36w 5d. The doctors, nurses...nobody told me until I was in labor with my second that I had been diagnosed severely pre-eclamptic whatever that means. Nice of them to let me know.
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