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Do I phone an ambulance?

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sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:22:12

Awh for goodness sake. I'm 26 weeks pregnant. Phoned doctors at 5.30 to ask could I call in before 6 to get blood pressure checked. Doctor took call and said describe symptoms. I have headache face pressure and a sort of uncomfortable ness in chest like its hard to take big deep breath. I can breathe though. Presumed that was just big bump getting higher, Doctor said she would see me but send me to hospital so I'd be as well phoning an ambulance. I just wanted my blood pressure checked. now at home wondering if I should phone an ambulance. I'd feel a bit silly really doing that. At home alone with toddler anyway. No one to look after her.

nellyjelly Fri 12-Jul-13 13:34:33

If doc says go to hospital you should go! If it had have been pre-eclampsia you know the outcomes for that don't you? It can come on very quickly and cause death tonthe mother and child.

Always err on side of caution when pregnant. Glad you are ok though.

ihearttc Fri 12-Jul-13 13:23:55

Just to say your BP may well be absolutely fine now but that does not mean you aren't getting Pre-Eclampsia.

I had a check with hospital at 31 weeks with DS2 and my BP was was actually lower than it had been previously. 3 days later I felt a bit odd for want of a better chest felt strange and my eyes went all funny so went home and got someone to pick my DS1 up from school and got the train to hospital (I know I was crazy but just knew I didn't want to drive).

They checked me there and my BP was still ok and had no protein in urine but luckily a fantastic doctor was concerned enough to want to admit me despite me begging to go home...his response was "Ive seen this all go wrong too many times like this so please stay" and I did.

The next morning I felt a bit better and my BP was still ok (they were doing it hourly) but by the afternoon it gradually began creeping up and I started to swell up. They monitored me over night every half hour and although my BP was high it was stable. By the next morning I resembled a balloon and could barely breathe so they decide to try and induce me in the afternoon...they were going to give me a few hours to see if anything happened as Id had a baby before and if not Id have a CS. Thankfully 4 hours later DS2 appeared and was whisked away to NICU weighing just over 3lb.

Pre-Eclampsia is a terrible thing. Apart from feeling slightly odd a couple of days beforehand I had no inclination that it was going to go like it can literally come on overnight which is why its so so important to always get checked out.

If I hadn't have gone to hospital that day and that doctor hadn't have admitted then the little boy that is causing havoc in my lounge wouldn't be here now.

Please please take seriously what everyone is saying to you x

GoingToBedfordshire Thu 11-Jul-13 18:22:03

Glad all is well, but I still don't get your logic! Take care, hope you feel better soon.

sweetiepie1979 Thu 11-Jul-13 12:36:47

Hello all, thank you very much for your replys and concerns. My husband got home about 11 last night and I still thought best to wait and go to doctor this morning. I had blood pressure and temp taken and she had a listen of my chest.and checked urine. I had a very stressful morning on phone to bank do if my blood pressure was ok this morning, then I must be fine. All is well, suspected sinus and indigestion. I'm sorry I continued to not take anybodys advice after asking. I felt like there wasn't anything serious wrong so I knew trip to hospital with a toddler was going to be more stress for me. So once again thank you everyone particualRl to those who shared their own experiences.

Montybojangles Thu 11-Jul-13 11:44:54

Hope you are ok op

RobotBananas Thu 11-Jul-13 08:05:48

How are you this morning OP?

LottieJenkins Thu 11-Jul-13 07:35:30

I hope the OP has gone to the hospital. Speaking as someone who lost her eldest son because he was born prematurely at 26 weeks and also had pre-eclampsia with my second son it makes me really cross when people ignore the advice of their doctors and the collective of MN and put their own health and that of their baby at risk!!

CinnamonAddict Wed 10-Jul-13 23:14:14

Another stern look here: Call them at least!

I hope you did and you are in hospital now.

Iwillorderthefood Wed 10-Jul-13 22:43:29

You will never forgive yourself if something happens. Please go. I had to drag my little one to hospital when the GP could not find a heart beat. She sat on my legs whilst they monitored me.

Yes it seems like hassle, but you could be endangering your baby, yourself and therefore your other child.

InTheRedCorner Wed 10-Jul-13 22:41:00

Is your DH home yet, how are you feeling now?

i really hope you've gone to the hospital

why on earth would you take the risk and not go? confused seriously... your doctor is worried... doctors dont tend to send you to hospital for no reason... SO GO!!!!!!!! angry

katydid02 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:09:57

Well said edam. OP, just GO TO THE SODDING HOSPITAL AND DO AS YOU ARE TOLD. Then come back when you can and let us know.

edam Wed 10-Jul-13 22:00:30

sweetiepie this is one of those occasions where you really should Do What You Are Told and not argue. Imagine the MN collective is a stern matron in an old-fashioned hospital.

Seriously, don't take any risks. The doctor wants you in hospital. Your symptoms are worrying. There's no point being a hero and playing it down - you need to be checked out. What use will you be to your dd if you do soldier on only, God forbid, something happens and you are alone? Call dh and get him to meet you at the hospital. At the very least, CALL them. Now!

willow777 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:59:34

Please go. I lost someone close to me from a clot on the lung. You never know. promise you it's worth checking. Good luck.x

WouldBeHarrietVane Wed 10-Jul-13 21:49:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FairyThunderthighs Wed 10-Jul-13 21:47:21

They were worried with my symptoms, had me on an ECG, they were preparing the clexane when I went into active labour. I was showing signs of a lung clot and they took it very seriously. Turns out I was OK but it could have been very serious. I don't understand why you're not at the hospital right now.

GoingToBedfordshire Wed 10-Jul-13 21:41:58

Second that, please listen to the doctor and go to hospital. What is stopping you? The feeling that you are being silly or wasting their time? You really aren't. Wrap your toddler up and get going.

TweenageAngst Wed 10-Jul-13 21:30:39

Chest/breathing tightness can be symptoms of pulmonary embolism . Pregnancy puts you at higher risk of this. I am baffled. Your gp told you to go to hospital 30 internet randoms have suggested you go to hospital , something's clearly not quite right yet you choose to take paracetemol and bath the toddler.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:30:17


RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:28:15

Ok, well do you know what the signs are? It sounds like you have no symptoms at the moment.

Do let us know what the ward says.

sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:24:59

I asked because I needed advice I know I'm not taking it I'm sorry. No I've no pain at all. Yes I might phone the ward.

awkwardsis Wed 10-Jul-13 21:23:28

OP I know it's awkward with another dc to look after, but bundle them up and get a taxi. I had the same symptoms and was admitted immediately as they suspected I had a clot on my lung. I was fine, as was ds (I was about 7 months pg) but I was so glad I went to hospital when i was told to. You may feel fine, but you're not wasting anyone's time and you could be saving you or your child's life. Please just go.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:18:57

Please just ring the ward. Just see what they say.

Can your husband leave work?

Do you have pain under your ribs?

Helpyourself Wed 10-Jul-13 21:09:43

x post.
Glad you realised that, but do go to hospital.

Helpyourself Wed 10-Jul-13 21:07:55

hmm the doctor told you to to hospital.
Every poster here agreed, and you've taken paracetamol.
Why ask if you're going to ignore advice? And as an aside why do you think a kerosis stick would tell you anything about protein in your urine?

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