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Preeclampsia and Pregnancy

Updated on February 24, 2016

Preeclampsia and Pregnancy

Everyone remembers the moment that second line pops up on the pregnancy test. I remember it like it was yesterday. Taking ten pregnancy tests to make sure it was right. I had been off birth control for a year and a half and had just given up. I thought I couldn't get pregnant since I was on it for so long.

At 16 weeks pregnant I had a severe pain in my rib area with a migraine, vomiting, and I was seeing spots. I called my OB right away and she said it was normal. Just baby "growing pains". I knew there was something wrong but I just let it go because I felt better the next day. Well at around 34 weeks I was in Houston and was in excruciating pain. I thought I was going into labor so I called my OB in a panic and she said go to the closest hospital. I was not ready to go into labor! Everything for the baby and my hospital bag was in Dallas, my husband was in San Diego, nothing was set to go. I'm grateful I did go though because my blood pressure was 235/180. They rushed me in and put me on Magnesium and told me they might have to emergency c-sec if it doesn't go down. I had to stay in the hospital for three days to test my urine for proteins and my BP. Apparently I had preeclampsia from 16 weeks on! I am very lucky I didn't seizure. The hospital spoke to my OB and they decided I need to come in twice a week to be checked. I drove back to Dallas the day I got out of the hospital with my mom just in case something happened. Every time I went into the OB they sent me straight to the hospital because the proteins were so high in my urine and my BP was through the roof. I was finally induced at 38 weeks.

If you have a gut feeling something is wrong and your OB is blowing you off, go to the emergency room. OB's tend to blow patients off because there are so many overly dramatic pregnant people that exaggerate. She later apologized for not taking me serious, but what if something did happen to me. It's scary to think about. I personally recommend getting an at home blood pressure monitor because it is the first sign of preeclampsia. If your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or greater for at least four hours apart, if you have severe headaches, blurred vision, pain in abdomen or shortness of breath you should call your OB or go to the emergency room if it is after hours. Go with your gut! If you feel something might be wrong, it actually might be. Do not take any chances.

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