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03/04/2014 at 09:05
I need some knowledge - if you had swelling and high blood pressure with preeclampsia would it stay? If I had swelling, would it remain swollen the entire time? As in if the swelling went down could you reassure yourself you didn't have preeclampsia? Or can it go up and down?
i had bad swelling and headaches with flashing black dots, I went to my GP midwife (not my usual one) and she said my blood pressure was fine, but by the skin of it's teeth otherwise I would have been sent up the hospital. You can see in my notes since I first started having swelling in February my blood pressure has gone up every single time I've had it taken - not enough to raise a red flag but if you look at the pattern it's slowing increasing and this midwife thinks its a sign I'm heading for preeclampsia. I've told work who have told me to take today and Friday off to rest and see what happens at my standard midwife appt tomorrow. Normally the swelling has always gone down with rest but it hasn't this time and I was wondering if that was a sign at all.
03/04/2014 at 09:28
did they check your urine for protein ?
im currently being checked i had high BP which has lowered now, i have had headahes and swelling, all of which come and go, the only thing thats been constant so far is the protein ?
03/04/2014 at 09:40
03/04/2014 at 09:41
No protein, my swelling is the only constant. And the slowly rising blood pressure. I just didn't know if the symptoms come and go if that's a sign it's not preeclampsia
03/04/2014 at 09:45
mine have been coming and going but the protein is constant,
swelling in pregnancy is a normal symptom especially with the warmer weather starting to show.
BP again is fairly normal to raise towards the end but shouldnt be high.
i have a midwife visiting me every few days for check ups. have they mentioned any monitoring for you ?
03/04/2014 at 10:03
Workinghard - I'm 31 weeks, midwife said to only go to triage if I get another headache which *touch wood* I haven't really had yet. I woke up with a mild dull one but think it might be dehydration so just drinking a lot this morning to check if it'll go first, think I just have to play it by ear today
Monnie - no mention of monitoring but I don't know if that's because I have my appt tomorrow with my midwife anyway. Work have said they want me to go on reduced hours as of next week but that's then reduced pay and when I go on mat leave I'll also only get 90% of the reduced pay which I'm not happy with. H said just start mat leave early but then that means going back earlier and I want as much time with the baby as possible.
03/04/2014 at 10:29
how far are you WW and when are you planning on starting maternity leave? for example
im due to start mine at 36 weeks, im currently 32 my midwife has said if need be she will sign me off until 36 weeks so i get sick pay in full then go to SMP.
if you go sick after 36 weeks and arnt planning on starting SMP for a while, work can enforce you to start SMP early
does that make sense? i waffled there
03/04/2014 at 10:43
I'm 31+1 today. Mat leave planned to start due date so 40 weeks but I'm using 20 days holiday so last day in the office is 2nd May when I'm 35+2. I could move those 20 days fwd and start mat leave early instead but I haven't yet cross trained in the dept for my work so feel like a d0uche for leaving them in the lurch
03/04/2014 at 10:57
dont feel like a douche hun, you and baby come first and if this is the start of rpe eclampsia you will have to give up work ! xxx
03/04/2014 at 20:50
Sorry, just seen this.
As someone has mentioned, PE can turn nasty awfully quickly. Keep an eye on the swelling, headaches and visual disturbances. If you feel unwell then go straight in.
Don't worry about work, yours and baby's health is most important. They will advise that you rest if you do get diagnosed.
I'm sure they'll check BP first thing at your appt tomorrow so keep us updated. Hope things stay uneventful.
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