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I'm collecting it today. What a pain! I can fully sympathize with the other ladies that have had to do this now. I'm afraid I'll forget to collect it in the middle of the night, but I guess we'll see.
On an odd side note: Twice now there has been a stringy piece of something or other in the collection hat, but there's nothing on my underwear and there's nothing when I wipe. I can tell I'm a bit dehydrated (Even though I'm drinking as much as I normally do - I think it's the heat so I've tried to up my intake), but otherwise everything seems normal. Any ideas?
They are seriously a huge pain. I have forgotten to do it in the middle of the night, usually only once. But my refrigerator is all the way downstairs. I figure if they're going to keep having me do them I'll put our portable fridge upstairs to keep it up there at night. I turned in one to the lab today, I am currently at 237ml. I think 70-225 is standard, so I'm a tad over, but 300ml is what they'll diagnose pre-e at. I was at 170ml a few weeks ago. Hopefully it'll stay low enough that I can make it another 3 weeks before they'll want to induce me.
As for your dehydration, just make sure you're getting enough electrolytes. I like coconut water for that, but it's kinda pricey. Since they want us girls with high BP to keep our salt low, dehydration can happen faster. Grab a gatorade, or even some pedialyte if you're worried about getting dehydrated.
Karen, typically with high BP they'll want to check that the kidneys aren't spilling too much protein as kidney and liver function decline with pre-e, protein spillage and high BP go hand in hand with pre-e, most of the time. When you go in for a regular appointment and leave a urine sample they test for protein, but when you're having high BP issues the 24 hour collection offers a much more accurate analysis of total protein. I looked at my records and a range of 42-225ml per 24 hour collection is considered normal.
Why do you have to do that?! I've heard of it, but never knew what they're looking for.
It's to see if I have protein in my urine which is a sign of pre-e. It's a better indicator than just the pee sticks they use in the office, but normally only do it if you have other signs of pre-e. I've only had some high BP's, but I have a family history of pre-e (my grandmother and my sister), so i guess they're just being cautious.
I had to do a baseline collection back on christmas day. When I did it with my youngest anything above 300 was labeled Pre-E and I was at 371. This time my BP has been good so they haven't mentioned it but I'm sure if it pops up I'll end up having to do one again.