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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 06:21 AM   1
hopedance
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Pre-eclampsia at 28+0 and delivery at 31 weeks??


I was admitted to hospital last sunday with high blood pressure and protein in my urine, yesterday (or the day before?! the days are starting to merge now) a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia was confirmed. My consultant said she expects that we will need to have the baby delivered early - in approximately 3 weeks time in order to stop me getting extremely ill and/or dying. I will have to stay in hospital until then.

i'm 28 weeks and 2 days pregnant at the moment, i will about 31 weeks when i give birth.

i haven't been to any ante-natal classes yet, i don't know how giving birth works!

i originally wanted a home water birth with little or no intervention at all. Now that is not possible, I have to choose between being induced or having a c-section.

I was wondering if anyone has any experience of being induced this early? Or has anyone else had a baby early - what are the babies like at 31 weeks? They've told me to expect him to need to be in hospital for 4-8 weeks. And has anyone had a c-section? Has anyone had pre-eclampsia diagnosed so early?

I think I just want to hear other peoples experiences, this was so sudden and unexpected, I can't even begin to understand what is happening and what is going to happen.

Also, I was wondering if anyone knew how high protein can get in a 24 hour urine collection? The doctor told me that 500mg is the highest they'd consider normal in pregnancy, mine was 2270mg, but I'm not sure if this is extremely high, or if some people get it much much higher?



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 06:23 AM   2
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i was induced at 33 weeks with my son and he was fine hun went home the next day. dont worrie you will know what to do. all i can say is i would op to being induced it will be better for you hun good luck and let us know when you lo comes xx



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 06:30 AM   3
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i suffered from dangerously high blood pressure when pregnant, although they could never decide if it was preeclampsia or just high BP. I was going to get induced at 34 weeks but my bp came right down after taking high bp tablets, although at around 36/37 weeks it went dangerously high again. i went into a natural labour and had a very small baby boy (just over 5ibs). he was quite sick when he was born and in the neonatal unit.

personally, looking back, i wish i had been induced at 34 weeks as i never realised how dangerous high BP is/can be when pregnant.

good luck hun. i saw lots of babies in the NNU who were below 34 weeks doing just fine,




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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 07:23 AM   4
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thanks both of you. i think it is just such a big shock. my bp is high but not terribly so, sometimes it goes up to things like 162/110, but is more often around 140/95 and so on. they say it is not high enough for bp meds though (yet). the protein in my urine seems to be climbing so fast though, it was 1+ on saturday, 2+ on sunday, and 3+ today. i'm only just starting to get vision disturbance in the last couple of days.

i'm starting to feel a bit safer knowing he is going to come out of me soon as it doesnt seem fair on him to keep him inside a body that can't provide everything he needs. it just seems so unnatural though.



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 07:28 AM   5
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tbh i think you baby is better out of you hun. if i had had the time again i would have gotten Ali out at 34 weeks, i would have insisted. the bp tablets did very little to help. they just zonked me out and made me gain lots of weight. also, they reckon Ali had stopped growing at around 34/35 weeks anyway.

its not all gloom, now he is a bright, lively 11 month old baby! he is spot on developmentally and thriving!

if you ever want to PM please do as i have loads of experience with pregnancy induced high BP.

all the best.




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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 07:37 AM   6
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Ah hun what a shock this must have been! Exciting in one way but can imagine how your worried in another. So is a high BP/Protein in urine a sign you have Pre-eclampsia, that how they knew?



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 07:37 AM   7
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I dont have any experience with this, but i just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you & I hope you'll be okay over the coming weeks until your baby is born, even if it is early.



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 07:52 AM   8
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that's really good to know Christine. do you think he is equivalent to other babies born when he was born, or with babies who were born when he was due to be born?

claire - yes pretty much, if you get a positive for protein when the midwife dips your urine, then they collect all of your pee over a 24 hour period and find out exactly how many grams of protein your kidneys are letting out. plus high blood pressure, but it is only preeclampsia if you also have the protein.

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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 08:01 AM   9
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that's really good to know Christine. do you think he is equivalent to other babies born when he was born, or with babies who were born when he was due to be born?

in terms of size he is more like a 7 month old baby i would say. he is very petite and has never caught up well in growth. developmentally he is very much like an 11 month old baby. he can walk, crawled pretty early, sitting up very early, good eater, rarely sick. so in terms of size i would say he is behind but his physical/emotional development is defo like his age group.

when he was born he was tiny compared to all the other babies born that day.......

don't worry hun. it will be okay. like i said, i think your baby is better out of you. it is safer. Ali received fab care in the NNU and is a right little diva now



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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 08:43 AM   10
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My nephew was born at 32 weeks and went home after two weeks - my sister had had two lots of steroids, as she'd been threatening labour for a while, and he had some problems with reflux, but he's great now.



 
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