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#1 JKC81

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:01 PM

I have had swelling, been dizzy and had swollen ankles for the last 3 days. So today I went to the clinic where my ob works and my blood pressure is up a bit and I have traces of protein in my urine. So does this mean I have pre-eclampsia? Or does it just mean I could be getting it? Could my next urine test be protein free or is this highly unlikely? Also if it is pre-eclampsia is 29 weeks early to have it? All the people I have known that have had it have been a lot closer to the end of their pregnancy

#2 JillyJellyBean

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

I think you can have protein in yur urine if you have a urinary tract infection also. You really need to ask you dr. I would think if they though you had pre-eclampsia they would have told you and would be doing something about it.

#3 ceeshell

Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:53 PM

You might be what my midwives were calling 'red-flagging' for PE, which meant that I had a bit of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was creeping up. They ended up inducing me but not until 40w3d.

Don't worry too much, you might stay this way for the next 11 weeks.

FWIW, they told me they no longer consider swelling to be a sign of PE - but I had it with both my pregnancies and I got late onset PE both times.

#4 JKC81

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

They are just keeping an eye on me at the moment, when I first got there my blood pressure was 140/90 then they check again bout 20mins later and it was 130/80. With my last preg I had prefect blood pressure of 120/80 for every visit. I am also a little dehydrated so was wondering if maybe that could be causing the protein trace? As I have never had protein before. They told me to rest as much as possible with feet up until next visit in two and a half weeks

#5 Penguin78

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

Protein by itself isn't necessarily an indication of pre-eclampsia, but combined with your other symptoms I would be a bit concerned. Good that they are monitoring you, I would be following all their advice.  

At your stage its still possible to have pre-eclampsia. Look after yourself!

#6 VeritasVinum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:19 PM

Also just because you don't have proteins does not mean you are in the clear. My sister developed HELLP eclampsia and didn't get proteins until three days after bubs was born via emerg full GA c/s at 35 wks.



#7 =R2=

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:26 PM

Yes you can develop pre eclampsia at 29 weeks. The swelling could be from the summer heat too. It's not common to get pre-eclampsia with your third/fourth baby unless of course this baby has a different father.

As well as protein in your urine, your diastolic BP (the second number) must be 15 mmHG above your normal reading (plus other symptoms). Your OB will keep an eye on it and probably even do a blood test and a formal ultrasound.

Edited by =R2=, 27 November 2012 - 03:27 PM.


#8 JKC81

Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (=R2= @ 27/11/2012, 04:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes you can develop pre eclampsia at 29 weeks. The swelling could be from the summer heat too. It's not common to get pre-eclampsia with your third/fourth baby unless of course this baby has a different father.


This baby and my 1 year old have the same father the older two have a different dad, so that would make sense

#9 chat

Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

For me with my pregnancies it was associated with UTIs (and I got lots of them) which was linked to my kidney disease.  Best to ask professionals though.

#10 mellmatho

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

QUOTE (ceeshell @ 27/11/2012, 03:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You might be what my midwives were calling 'red-flagging' for PE, which meant that I had a bit of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was creeping up. They ended up inducing me but not until 40w3d.

Don't worry too much, you might stay this way for the next 11 weeks.

FWIW, they told me they no longer consider swelling to be a sign of PE - but I had it with both my pregnancies and I got late onset PE both times.



This recently happened to me, I delivered at exactly 40 weeks, I had protein in my urine, and BP was going up.. my daughter is now 12 days old and my bp is up and down, but thankfully the urine is fine

#11 .Jerry.

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:14 PM

I would be very careful with those symptoms you describe.

I was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 23 weeks.  At that stage I only had trace protein in urine, swollen ankles and my BP was high (though up and down).  I had gone from a BP of 115/75 on a Thursday to 160/100 by Sunday.  I felt perfectly fine.
I was hospitalised and delivered my daughter at 27 weeks.  My bloods were pretty good up till near the end and my urine protein was only +1 for most of the time.
However, deep inside, the placenta was failing. sad.gif

Please, please be careful and get regular checks.  I would recommend buying or borrowing a BP machine (under $100 from chemist or they can test BP for free)
My OB had mentioned PE at my visit when my legs were swelling but said it would be unlikely.  I erred on the side of caution and bought a BP machine.  When I rang the OB on Sunday with my readings she was shocked, but the diagnosis was then clear.

Symptoms of PE include:  swelling, headaches, upper gastric pain, high BP, protein in urine.
Many times though PE is silent.  And it can be brutal.

My story ended well.  My daughter is nearly 7 now, but it was a rough start.

Good luck, I hope you don't have PE, but better safe than sorry. original.gif

#12 B.feral3

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

I've had PE 3 times and each time has been very different so there is no normal or typical set of symptoms.

My proteins were sitting at 4 with my second pregnancy and they let me go to just before 37 weeks. My proteins were only a trace or 1 with my 3rd yet I delivered at 32 weeks as I was in PE related liver failure and BP readings of 200/120 then I spent 3 days in the ICU. I never had swelling or headaches or anything. I felt completely fine.

One thing you can't do with PE though is be too careful so if in doubt, get checked out OP because you can go down hill very very quickly.

#13 MoonPie

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

Pre-eclampsia is diagnosed when bp is 140/90 or higher, with protein in the urine. The presence of swelling is suspicious but isn't diagnostic.

29 weeks is early but not too early. It just means they are more likely to medicate you and watch you than induce/deliver.

Good luck. Did you have liver function tests done?

QUOTE (JKC81 @ 27/11/2012, 12:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have had swelling, been dizzy and had swollen ankles for the last 3 days. So today I went to the clinic where my ob works and my blood pressure is up a bit and I have traces of protein in my urine. So does this mean I have pre-eclampsia? Or does it just mean I could be getting it? Could my next urine test be protein free or is this highly unlikely? Also if it is pre-eclampsia is 29 weeks early to have it? All the people I have known that have had it have been a lot closer to the end of their pregnancy



#14 JKC81

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

I was just talking to my partner about getting a Bp monitor since we should have one for him any way as he suffers from high blood pressure. Today was the first time they have checked my urine since its my fourth and all my other pregnancies have had no issues. When I got to the clinic I was feeling the best I had felt in 3 days and I actually said sorry I bet I am going to be wasting your time but thought it best to get checked, turns out it was a good thing I did. Just wish this headache a would go away, feels bordering migraine.  Just having a look at my notes and my bp is a bit over the place it's started off 120/80 at 15 weeks then it's 124/84 at 19 weeks, 126/88 at 23 weeks and 11 days ago it was 126/65. A lot different to my last preg which was 120/80 for every visit

#15 JKC81

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:40 PM

Nope didn't get liver function test done, guess what happens next will depend on how things look in two and a half weeks at my next ob appointment

#16 mandala

Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

... wow. Reading this thread I'm a bit scared about my last pregnancy. I had BP that went up to 130/90 from my usual 80/50, low platelets, funny LFTs, swelling, and traces of protein in my urine. I was only induced at 40 weeks with a rather sad looking placenta and an over-cooked baby... I guess all's well that ends well, but it sounds like it could have not been so good.

#17 .Jerry.

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

QUOTE
Nope didn't get liver function test done, guess what happens next will depend on how things look in two and a half weeks at my next ob appointment

You will most likely be fine, but (although I don't want to scare you), PE can happen quickly and can be life threatening for the baby.  I would ask for an appointment in a week or visit the GP within a week for a check up.
As I said earlier, I went from 115/75 to 160/100 within 3 days.  Medication helped me deliver a live baby.

Please keep a close watch...

#18 Want_to_be_a_mummy

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

I had high blood pressure and traces of protein from 24 weeks. It was pretty uneventful with just regular checks with my obestrician. I had to go on medication to keep the blood pressure down which worked. I had to go and get my blood pressure check every second day from 34 weeks. This is when I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. TO be honest, I was showing signs back at 24 weeks but it was stable for 10 weeks. I was admitted at 36 weeks as I had headaches. I was induced at 36w3days. The specialists said they don't like people to go past 37 weeks. My son spent 2 day in special care and came home with us!

#19 clementine1

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

I too had early pre-eclampsia with my second baby at 23 weeks and it progressed from swelling and slightly raised BP to an ICU admission with kidney failure, and the baby being delivered in 3 days. My main symptoms were swelling and headache.
Two and a half weeks between checks is too long. You are better to be safe. I would be checking BP every day. That headache is particularly worrying so please take it seriously.

#20 auldlangsyne

Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

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Edited by auldlangsyne, 03 March 2013 - 04:40 PM.


#21 JKC81

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

well I got a bp monitor and my bp is now reading at 106/70 so its not high anymore  original.gif

#22 =R2=

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:31 AM

QUOTE (auldlangsyne @ 27/11/2012, 10:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
sometimes even doctors need to be educated about pre-eclampsia. Don't be afraid to ask for more frequent appointments if that's what you think you need.

Ooookay wacko.gif

Any sign of elevated BP and protein in the urine is taken pretty seriously by both midwives and Drs. We've all been trained to look for these signs and manage it because it's definitely not safe for both mum and baby in more advanced it gets. I find it insulting that you suggest that these are all brushed aside ..... for what purpose exactly?

QUOTE (JKC81 @ 28/11/2012, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
well I got a bp monitor and my bp is now reading at 106/70 so its not high anymore  original.gif

Glad to hear it. It's good that you're keeping an eye on yourself. Hope the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly for you.



#23 auldlangsyne

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

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Edited by auldlangsyne, 03 March 2013 - 04:39 PM.


#24 JKC81

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:50 PM

thanks for the well wishes. After some google searching, I am guessing they where treating my symptoms as dehydration as by the color of my urine you could tell I needed to drink more. So I am hoping it was just dehydration and not the start of pre eclampsia as I have been drinking more water the headache is gone, swelling right down, as well as blood pressure is now right down and hopefully the traces of protein in my urine will be gone as well

#25 JKC81

Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

my partner was having a look yesterday at my dr notes, as I mentioned to him that my blood pressure even though its still within normal has slowly been creeping up. He then pointed out that when I was 15 weeks pregnant my urine tested positive to protein, but hadnt been tested again until the other day. I had no idea I had traces of protein at 15 weeks and I havent had it in any of my other pregnancies. So it will be interesting to see what my ob says at my next appointment. But I am hoping that if I am heading towards pre eclampsia that its going to happen very slowly and if it does become an issue then it wont be until I am full term. Its such a scary thing




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