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preventing pre-eclampsia second time around?

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#1 mrsduncs

Posted 11 March 2016 - 03:38 PM

hi mums,

I am a mum of 1 little girl who is 15 months old, at 31 weeks pregnant with her i found out i had preclampsia and gave birth at 34 weeks, im now almost 9 weeks with our second and i am on asprin and calcium and i really desperatly want to have a full term healthy baby this time around, they dont know why my BP shot up but it went away once the baby was born. can anyone tell me their stories if they were able to have their 2nd baby without any pre ecmapsia whilst taking asprin and calcium?
or any other hints to watch my bp
thank you x

Edited by Missbell, 11 March 2016 - 03:38 PM.

#2 LifeWithMyBoys

Posted 11 March 2016 - 04:56 PM

I had pre-e and HELLP. I was lucky enough to delivery at 38weeks.
I'm 7w5d pregnant with my second. My OB gave me aspirin to take until 36w and will be monitoring me very closely this time around.
If you work with nurses ask them to take your BP weekly so you can monitor it and you'll see if it starts to rise you can talk to your doctor or OB about it.

Good luck I hope your pregnancy is full term and uneventful.

All the best :) x

#3 strawberryblonde76

Posted 11 March 2016 - 05:35 PM

Hi missbell, I had it with my first at 33/34 weeks and delivered at 35. With my second I took no supplements or drugs but I was monitored v closely and saw Prof Carol Pollock at RNSH in Sydney as an extra precaution (she looked after me with my OB etc when I was sick with my first).

I ended up with a text book pregnancy with normal/lowered BP and no swelling etc. got to 39 weeks and delivered a 3.7kg bub with no issues.

I was told with subsequent pregnancies you are less likely to get it again but it was just a watch and wait. One thing they will look for us for your BP to actually drop during the preg as opposed to staying the same or going up. It's s marker/good sign that all will be well.

Good luck and stay positive! This is not my thread (just yet) but I hope to be joining in here in a couple of weeks after a scan next week.

#4 Amica

Posted 11 March 2016 - 05:43 PM

No blood pressure with my first until 36 weeks. I had him at 38 weeks then spent 8 nights in hospital for pre-eclampsia post birth.

High blood pressure went away.

Second baby, several hospital admissions from 25 weeks. Spent the last 5 weeks in hospital, gave birth 36 weeks then spent 2.5 more weeks in hospital post birth.

High blood pressure went away.

Third baby (took low dose aspirin) from day dot. My first hospital admission for high blood pressure was 14 weeks. I had several more until I was sent to Brisbane to have him at 29 weeks. I stayed on the antenatal ward until 32+2 weeks when I was rushed for emergency C/S. I then spent 3 nights in the ICU but only another 4 days in hospital.

4 years later I take 2 medications for high blood pressure. It never went away the third time.

#5 miajas

Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:21 PM

1st baby BP was up in first trimester, was put on BP tablets throughout pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia was diagnosed at 34 weeks, rushed into emergency c-section. High BP went away 2 days later.

2nd baby, no medication, normal BP throughout and delivered at 38 weeks.

3rd baby, BP started to climb at 20 weeks and I was put on BP tablets. Monitored each week and then was admitted with pre-eclampsia at 35 weeks and again rushed into emergency c-section. High BP went away a few days later.

Good luck OP

#6 eachschoolholidays

Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:45 PM

I had pre-eclampsia with my first pregnancy and had to be induced as my BP couldn't be controlled with medication and my kidneys started shutting down.

Like you, I was very worried with my second pregnancy. My ob and my go both said that it was unlikely to happen with the second pregnancy (especially as they had the same father) I never quite beloved them; I kept expecting the pre-eclampsia to kick in with the second pregnancy, but it never did.

#7 mrsduncs

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:01 PM

thank you to everyone that commented! gives me a little bit of hope that this one will be a great pregnancy and ill get to have a full term baby!! its going to be a long 7 months!

#8 strawberryblonde76

Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:12 AM

Is anyone having the screening test at 12-14 weeks? It wasn't around last time so I don't know much about it?

#9 dreamfizz

Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:22 AM

is there a screening test for pre-eclampsia?!

#10 -Sprout-

Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:23 AM

First baby was ridiculously swollen and fluidy early on PE at 40 weeks was already in early labour. Second pregancy high BP (negative to PE) at 38 weeks monitored every second day induced 38+6. Currently 8 weeks with #3 BP already slightly elevated but will just be monitored at this point.

#11 mrsduncs

Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:23 AM

what screening test?

#12 strawberryblonde76

Posted 16 March 2016 - 04:00 PM

Apparently there is one at 12-14 weeks, it's quite new, I saw it in the ultrasound care website (where I had a dating scan). I'll find out more and let you know/ask your OB or midwife?

#13 AlmondButter

Posted 17 March 2016 - 04:48 PM

Yes, my hospital does the pre-eclampsia screening as a matter of course now with the 12 week scan. They take your blood pressure, check something in the maternal serum & then blood flow in the uterus (or something like that anyway!). This is through Sydney Ultrasound for Women.

#14 Maequente

Posted 11 April 2016 - 01:05 PM

I did the pre-eclampsia screening test and came back high risk for early onset pre-eclampsia (1:77). I have no idea what this means in terms of likelihood and reliability of the screening test - all my GP did was read the letter and say it says you should take Li dose aspirin daily so do that.

Am v concerned about it now (and looking for a better GP!). Has anyone else had high risk results from the screening test?

I am going through public system at Sutherland antenatal clinic so hoping the midwives can give me some more guidance when I see them Friday.

#15 mrsduncs

Posted 11 April 2016 - 02:21 PM


my midwife didn't mention me getting a pre-e test at all and I keep forgetting to ask, I'm meeting my oB at the end of april so ill try and remember to ask about it. I'm already on asprin and calcium, have been since about 6 weeks pregnant.

did you have it in the past?

#16 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 11 April 2016 - 03:27 PM

Mine just did the pre-e test as part of the NT scan. I came back as low risk (like 1:2000 before 34w, 1:291 before 37w and 1:25 before 42w.)

I didn't even realise they did it, it was just some bonus info they gave me at the NT scan along with the NT risks.

They also gave me a risk of spontaneous delivery before 34w (1:394) and risk for fetal growth restriction before 37w (1:1004.)

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