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Pre Eclampsia...Please reply

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MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:03

Hi all

My last pg 8 years ago was induced due to swelling and high bp.

I am not due for appt til next week (36 weeks), but had lots of period like pain last night that stop me sleeping and eventually woke me up. I have a foul headache this morning - struggling to type and read and everything seems a bit slow. My hands and feet are swollen and were first thing this am. At my last check up my bp was 135/80, at the second attempt. It is normally about 115/65-70.

I have had a few trips to hosp for suspected dvt and a bug that started contractions at 33 weeks, but subsided after being given a gtn patch and I am reluctant to go back for a bit of swelling, esp if I have no idea about bp or protein.

Any suggestions?


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kiskidee · 31/08/2006 13:06

call your midwife. they would rather check you out and know that you are ok than to not check you out and things go wrong.

really, you are only asking them to do their job.

bundle · 31/08/2006 13:07

please call your midwife. do you have any other swelling? (eg on face)

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:10

I will do, as soon as friend comes to collect her daughter (sytayed over). In the meantime is there anything I can do to stop it? I know that sounds daft but was just wondering...arms and legs in the air?

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stevie74 · 31/08/2006 13:11

I had pre-eclampsia with 1st & was told to watch out for "fairies" floating in front of my eyes. It's another of the many signs. Pls call your midwife, they can do a quick urine test to check for protein, BP etc.. Better to be safe than sorry.

stevie74 · 31/08/2006 13:11

Feet up & rest but thats it - you need to be checked out!

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:12

Not really any swelling on face or neck, and paracetamol has not shifted this headache.
Are there any other symptoms?

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Sobernow · 31/08/2006 13:12

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bundle · 31/08/2006 13:12

call her now and the friend who's picking her child up to come a bit early, she really won't mind i'm sure. i think literally putting your feet up on the sofa can help a little with bp.

bundle · 31/08/2006 13:14

What is pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is a disorder which typically occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Signs of pre-eclampsia are usually high blood pressure combined with the presence of protein in the urine. However, in the absence of protein in the urine, other symptoms may be present alongside high blood pressure. These include headaches, blurred or altered vision, upper abdominal pain, oedema (swelling of the face, wrists or ankles) or abnormal blood test results.

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:15

Cant call friend -she works in A and E and phone off, and no point calling MW, they just tell you to go to day centre at hosp, which is what I promise I will do at 3pm, so not long.
As for fairies, is that like when you have bits floating about in your eye but you cant get them out, and they are not painful?

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MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:16


Check check check

Oh Sh*t.

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Mercy · 31/08/2006 13:20

I had borderline pre-eclampsia with dd - migraine type headaches and flashing lights. Your last BP reading is high for someone who is pregnant.

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kiskidee · 31/08/2006 13:22

i had lots of swelling but no other symptoms until a splitting headache like you describe. i drove myself down to see the midwife.

my consultant who happened to be working at her office at time was shocked that i drove myself.

i think you need to be checked out urgently but you cannot safely drive there yourself. insist to send someone out to check you out or get someone to drive you there.

bundle · 31/08/2006 13:22

can you just go straight to the A&E where your friend works (maybe she could take your BP )?

bundle · 31/08/2006 13:23

(get a cab if you have to, or phone maternity ward and ask for community midwife urgent visit)

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 13:27

Just went through to friends dept, she is on way to collect. she actually works at another hosp and I live 3 streets from mine, so will ask her to drop me there on way.
Thank you so much ladies, thought I was being total drama queen.
PS - What is normal and high BP for pg?

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bundle · 31/08/2006 13:28

my bp in pregnancy was about 115/70, it's normally a bit lower than you would normally have

it's not a drama, but really worthwhile getting checked out, they will not mind at all. good luck, xxxxxx

Mercy · 31/08/2006 13:29

Normal BP is 120/80 - it should generally be lower than this when you are pg.

Good luck - keep us informed!

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stevie74 · 31/08/2006 13:44

Fairie's are the floaty things in front of your eyes, yes & no there not painful. Go & get checked. Let us all know how it goes - we'll be watching. Good luck

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 17:00

Hi Ladies

Am back home. Slightly raised BP - 130/80, no protein. They took bloods because I am so swollen and headache, but said just need rest and fluids (a bit dehydrated).
Sorry to worry you all.

Thanks again xxx

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Mercy · 31/08/2006 17:14

Hello Spam. How are you feeling now, do you still have the swollen hands/feet and headache?

Are you going to have follow up appointments?

MoreSpamThanGlam · 31/08/2006 17:22

well tbh one of the reasons I was reluctant to go was the snotty attitude of the mWs at the hospital, when i got there I was told I should have booked an appt beforehand, and lots of women get swollen in late pg, then she saw my notes and relaxeda bit. I am due a MW appt at the Drs next week anyway, so will just see how this raging headache goes (as she slurps more water from a pint glass).

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