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pre eclamsia after birth

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5kidsnobump Sun 11-Nov-12 10:39:00

Has anyone else had this?

Basically had my baby 2 weeks ago today. Was admitted to hospital before he was born with high bp, protein etc. Then Bp went down a bit and they let me out after a couple of days. Fortunately I went into labour naturally the next day and had ds3.

Felt ok immediately after birth but started feeling crap about day 2. Bp was back up at the 5 day check, then spent the next 6 days having Bp checked every day and gp trying a couple of different medications but nothing seemed to keep Bp down.

Eventually started feeling really unwell on thurs - constant splitting headache, couldn't see properly and was struggling to string a sentence together! Finally readmitted to hospital at this point and now looks like Bp under control after 4 days with lots of medication!

Has anyone else experienced this after the birth, and did the bp sort itself out eventually?

5kidsnobump Fri 16-Nov-12 19:48:26

Finally made it home at about 8pm yesterday. Although silly midwife who was doing the night shift was threatening to keep me in as I didn't have the right drugs, as I had 100mg tablets of labetalol and I need 200mg per dose. She didn't seem very happy with the fact that I had just been taking 2 x 100mg to make up the 200mg hmm. Think she could tell by the look on my face that I was not impressed when she mentioned staying in another night...!

BP was just about ok when midwife came round this morning. Although I had spent the 4 hours before she came laying down....DH is meant to be back at work next week, but he is trying to get more time off, as I am panicing that BP will go back up if I start having to run round after all the kids on my own. Did start to feel not quite so good after I had got kids up this morning and got them all sorted for school, hence the laying down afterwards as I was paranoid midwife would send me back to hospital if she came round and it was high again confused . She is coming back tomorrow to weigh Harry and check BP again - so fingers crossed it stays ok!

newby2 Thu 15-Nov-12 17:47:28

Familiar! You're on the home straight and your bp will settle much better at home. Good luck tomorrow.

5kidsnobump Thu 15-Nov-12 17:28:24

Well still not made it home as they are still waiting for consultant to review me grrr... Midwife seems confident they will let me out, but has been trying to get a decision since 11am this morning!

newby2 Thu 15-Nov-12 14:24:38

5kids-thats great. Told you you've turned a corner! I was almost on the payroll befoe I left!

Hope you've been discharged.

5kidsnobump Thu 15-Nov-12 09:17:50

differentname that is quite a scary story about your friends sister. Strangly enough this is also my 5th baby. Had pe before birth with dc1, nut no problems afterwards. Then 3 pregnancies with no issues, and then loads of issues this time, which was rather unexpected!

Well Bp was good overnight, so waiting to see if they will let me home. I think the midwives think I have moved into the ward permanently!

differentnameforthis Wed 14-Nov-12 21:51:03

Once I finally got there my bp was high


differentnameforthis Wed 14-Nov-12 21:50:15

FloJo151 I went onto have dd2 with no issues at all, so it doesn't always follow that it will happen again. I was very closely monitored with dd2 & both my dr & the consultant said that if I felt I had any issues, just ring or pop in, no need for an appointment & they would drop things instantly.

Thankfully I didn't need to do that, but I did have one occurrence of high bp, about a week before I had dd2. I was driving to the hospital & my car broke down! Once I finally got their my bp was high (but only borderline, literally the second figure was 92 - they worry as soon as it hits 90). They double checked it 10 mins later & it was 89. They let me go but I had to have it checked the next day at the drs, who thought it was too high again (looking back I think it was about 90 - but now know that my dr is a panic merchant!). I was monitored for several hours & all was OK. I gave birth (via section) to a healthy baby a week later. smile

We all think that car episode caused the high bp in the first place & my dr was being over cautious. Of course, I am happy he was.

My friends sister had 4 problem free pregnancies only to get HELLP with her 5th (all have the same father). She collapsed at home & they almost lost her. So it is worth remembering that most of what they say about PE is guess work at best. No one what the causes are, so no one knows how to prevent it. That in my mind = no one can predict when it will/won't strike. I have to be honest & say that this is what is preventing me from having any more.

differentnameforthis Wed 14-Nov-12 21:39:22

It can take a while to sort itself out, I heard! I had PE with dd1 being delivered by crash section at 36 weeks. I was monitored constantly once she was born & my bp was slight elevated, but not dangerously so. I was told that it is not uncommon for symptoms to persist for a few days, even tho the "cure" for PE is delivery.

TheOnlyPersonInTheRoom Wed 14-Nov-12 21:21:59

Hope so! I'm pg again hence back on the labetalol but I'm only 7wks so don't think it's pg related tbh. When DD was born I was on 4 labetalol and another drug I can't remember and my bp was still raging lol - mind you I did find it all very stressful what with the mil visits etc!

I'm also taking aspirin daily which is meant to reduce the risk of pre eclampsia in a subsequent pregnancy so fingers Xed

Anyway good luck to you smile

5kidsnobump Wed 14-Nov-12 18:02:59

Thanks newby. Dh did bring harry in this afternoon and I said if I'm still here tomorrow maybe he could bring him in the morning and leave him here while he looks after the other kids at home. At least it would take my mind off things a bit, and I don't feel quite as bad as I did now.
Well after the good readings overnight, had another high one this afternoon. They are talking about increasing the labetalol to 4 x daily, so will see if that does the trick.

That's a bit worrying onlyperson I am really hoping that it is all pregnancy related and I can come off all the drugs soon.

TheOnlyPersonInTheRoom Wed 14-Nov-12 11:53:15

I had PE with my DD (born Sept 2011), I didn't come off the BP drugs until January. I am now back on them again!

newby2 Wed 14-Nov-12 11:25:52

Poor you, I really do know how you feel. You're turing the corner! Overnight good readings was the start of my recovery. You may find that having a little walk around the ward and a shower perks you up, get on the phone to your family as much as you can- it's easy to withdraw when you feel crappy!

We deliberated long and hard about this current pregnancy and although Ive held it together really well, I'm very stressed about the birth (elec sec at 39 weeks) BUT Im coming up for 35 weeks with no symptoms so positive I can keep this up.

If you can, have your baby with you as much as possible- it aids your hormones which in turn helps the bp and will make you and your baby feel better. My daughter was very poorly at birth and spent a few days in scbu where I watched her like a hawk despite feeling like death and was so focussed on looking after her that my symptoms paled into insignificance compared to having her with me. I'm a paediatric nurse and so was able to have her out of scbu way before she was discharged and look after her on the post-natal ward.

It's hard but try to engage yourself as much as possible with your family and baby- it makes a massive difference to your blood pressure.

Chin up- you're doing brilliantly!! What a difference 48 hours has

5kidsnobump Wed 14-Nov-12 09:29:39

That is definitely the worst part about it newby that the other kids r all at home. Baby is also at home with dh as he had been more or less looking after him since he was born as I have felt so crap sad

Well Bp readings don't seem to have been too bad overnight, although have been laid down for nearly 24 hours now. Probably a different story if I get up and start moving about! Waiting to see what the consultant says this morning.

So this hasn't put you off having another baby then newby!

newby2 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:35:35

It must be horrible when you have kids at home. I dread it (currently 34 weeks) a two year old too. The only thing is it's time with just you and your baby which will be precious bonding time you'll never get back but I know that's no consolation.

Honestly your bp WILL rectify itself once the initial shock of birth is over. I was completely out of control and once my body settled I didn't look back.

Try to keep positive for you new baby too (how are they?)

5kidsnobump Tue 13-Nov-12 20:27:13

Thanx for the messages lotsofcheese and newby it does just feel like it will never be sorted sad

Every day I keep thinking I might suddenly feel better and its just not happening. Doesn't help that all the kids r at home. Dd1 was crying on the phone when she got back from school and realised I was back in hospital sad

newby2 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:50:34

Exactly the same as me (I was worse postnatal than prenatal) 200/100 etc for the first couple of days with medication and it took 3 weeks in hospital post birth but all of a sudden it's like some-thing kicked in and it all started to work then i was like a different woman.

Feel for you but it won't be long and your body will adjust.
Honestly- my bp was worse than yours and I never thought Id get out, but I did and was fine at home.


lotsofcheese Tue 13-Nov-12 19:42:07

Sorry to hear that, 5kids. I know it's no consolation, but you are in the right place & hopefully it will be sorted soon.

I also got similar symptoms when my BP was rising after being under control for only a short time.

Hoping your hospital stay is a short one xx

5kidsnobump Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:17

Well spoke 2 soon. Back in hospital : ( felt fine when I got up this morning but after about an hour had mega headache back and couldn't see a thing due 2 blured vision. Dh had a bit of a flap and phoned midwife, and Bp back up 2 165/ 100 when she checked it, even with all the medication.

Consultant has admitted they don't know why Bp keeps jumping about all over the place. So more nights in hospital sad is getting a little depressing.

lotsofcheese Tue 13-Nov-12 18:17:41

newby I had cold, shivery episodes after taking insant-release Nifedipine - but not so much with the standard version.

I knew it was time to reduce the dose when I woke up during the night with tingling sensations in my arms - a sign my BP was low.

My normal BP is 100-110 over 60-70. I remember the midwife checking it when I had PE & tellling me it was 140+ over 90+. I didn't believe her and thought her technique/machine were dodgy as I'd never been hypertensive in my life!

newby2 Tue 13-Nov-12 09:02:06

Hang on in there, won't be long, give it a few more days. Yes, youre right Nifed is the culprit probably but it will be the first to be knocked off when your bp settles a little more. I had to stay in hospital for 3 weeks post birth with the same issues in both nifed and labet so at least youre able to go home. I felt exactly the same as you.

Chin up, it's not for long.xx

5kidsnobump Tue 13-Nov-12 07:31:51

Yes Newby I do have a home BP monitor - bought it when I was having BP problems with DC1!

Have been checking it regularly, as am a bit paranoid after all the problems in the last couple of weeks. Doesn't seem that low, mostly 130 something over 80 something, and still occasionally going above the 140/90 figure. Normally when I am not having all these issues my BP sits at 120/70 consistently - and it hasn't been back down to that level yet - even with all the drugs confused . They did try me on only the labetalol initially in hospital, but it wasn't keeping the bp down enough on its own.

I think it may be the nifedipine that is doing it, both times after I took it yesterday I felt really cold and shivery and had to put about 3 jumpers on, even though DH was only wearing a t-shirt, so clearly was not that cold! Seeing the midwife again tomorrow so I'll mention it to her. I just want to feel normal again!

newby2 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:04:42

Hiya 5kids, that's still a lot of medication. Do you have a home monitoring BP machine? It is possibly that even being at home has brought your bp down and it may be on the lower side of normal. I would take your bp regularly throughout the day, write it down and make sure your midwife/gp knows what it is so they can interpret it. Also are you sure you aren't anaemic?

I went home just on Labetalol 3 times day and weaned really quickly (I'm a nurse) and saw my gp twice and midwife once when I came home- they just let me get on with it.

You do feel rubbish with post pre-eclampsia bp as well but give it another week, you'll feel much better.

5kidsnobump Mon 12-Nov-12 15:13:12

Another quick question to those who have been put on lots of medication - did it still make you feel knackered and a bit crap? Currently on Labetol 3x a day and nefedipine 2x a day - feeling better than I did with the high bp but still don't feel brilliant. Wondering if its just side effects of all the tablets?

5kidsnobump Mon 12-Nov-12 11:50:43

Finally home from hospital! They let me out yesterday tea time, and midwife has just been round this morning and looks like bp is still ok. Just need to remember to keep taking the pills every few hours!

lotsofcheese DH has had the snip - so this is definately our last baby - so fortunately don't have the worry of going through pregnancy again. Have to admit I would definately think twice about it after my experience this time.

Also a word of warning - I had pre-eclamsia with DC1 but only before the birth, all went away and no issues afterwards. Then 3 pregnancies with no problems, then obviously lots of problems this time with DC5. Which is another myth - that it only affects things if its your first baby! I was not expecting any of this though - as I had 3 babies inbetween no's 1 & 5, and no sign of any BP issues with any of the others. Also when I had PE with DC1 I didn't feel ill at all - only symptom I had was bad swelling, and obviously protein and high Bp when they checked it. This time I have felt completely awful, to the point that I have literally been struggling to do anything over the last 2 weeks. Feel like I have missed out a bit with DS3 as DH has been pretty much been looking after him as I have felt so bad sad

FloJo151 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:37:48


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