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January 4th, 2010, 04:24 PM
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It is my understanding (from a lot of post partum research) that pre-e is quite common in first pregnancies because the body is having almost an allergic reaction to the placenta. (Very interesting to me!) I talked to my midwife about it and she 100% agrees and she keeps telling me to chill out on the pre-e obsessiveness

My question is this, I have read that pre-e is LESS common in subsequent pregnancies, but I have also read that people who have severe pre-e (Like I did, mine was pretty much full blown eclamspia/HELLP the day of my induction) are more likely to have it with subsequent pregnancies.


I'm not fat by any means, but I am a little chubby so my goal is to drop 30-40lbs (I was really skinny about 5 years ago, like gross skinny, almost anoexic looking and then I gained 80lbs after my mom died so if I lose 40 of it I will be at a really healthy weight )....so I think that should help with my BP (which isn't bad normally, about 120/58 (at one point in my pregnancy it was 180/200) but what else can I do? We don't cook with any salt, we eat a lot of whole foods, and I am not a snacker by any means - and when I do I seriously can't get enough yougurt - so im not eating like oreos or anything.


Does anyone have any experience with anything of this nature sorry so babbly
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January 4th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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I'm not much help since I didn't have pre-e. But my midwife was asking me about the headaches I get today and she did mention that is much rarer to get pre-e with 2nd (and further) pregnancies.
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January 4th, 2010, 07:30 PM
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I'm not totally sure about this- but based on what I know, I think you can do a lot to prevent it totally when you get pregnant again by following the Brewer's diet. You don't even have to follow it 100% at first, until you see a problem, but keeping your diet high in protein, and making sure you avoid white flours/grains and eat brown rice, whole grain bread, pastas etc, I think that can make a big difference! The protein is key!
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January 4th, 2010, 07:52 PM
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oh man when I was in my last trimester with Brylie I ate soo much protein (I had ZERO protein in my urine the day of my induction)...we literally had steaks for supper every night. We don't eat white bread/pasta, etc so that's good too I guess. I'll have to educate myself more on the brewers diet before the 2nd pregnancy is here!

Also, I must admit I'm afraid to eat much more protein that I did with Brylie because she was 7lb7oz at 37w1d (we know the exact time of conception because she is an IUI baby) ...imagine if I'd gone to 42w+
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January 5th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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well, my thoughts are is if you start with the eating/diet at the beginning as preventative instead of as a reactionary after issues develop, then you may not have to be as aggressive as eating a steak every night. Does that make sense?

I am real weird about meat when pregnant, and in general anyway, so I did a lot of hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, nuts.
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January 5th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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I craved the steak I craved protein like you couldn't believe I'm weird about meat too - we only eat meat from our farm. I won't even look at it in the store
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January 5th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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I had pre-e with both of my previous pregnancies. My last doctor treated it with bedrest my ENTIRE pregnancy with regular visits to the hospital for an overnight stay each week.

This time my midwife suggested I just eat a high protein vegetarian diet. I don't have to stay away from meat all together, but just take it easy on it. Also, she suggested to lay off of pastas, breads, and starches. This was pretty easy for me as well, because I recently learned that I am allergic to wheat. I am not allowed to drink anything but water and a glass of milk every day. She said whenever I want juice to eat fresh fruit bc I would never "sit down and eat four or five oranges at one sitting." I am allowed salt in moderation and mainly I just eat lots and lots of fruits and veggies. Whenever I want a sandwich, I just eat a lettuce wrap... things like that. I do like my occasional grilled cheese on spelt bread...and I love sunbutter sandwiches!!! I give myself one day off a day to eat what I choose so that I can give into cravings occasionally.

I looked into the Brewers diet, and we talked about it, but didn't think it was best for me. There were WAY too many calories for me, and I think part of my problem in the past had to do with my weight gain during pregnancies.
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January 5th, 2010, 07:49 PM
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I guess there's some conflicting information then. I had pre-e with DS. My OB says I'm more likely to have it again with this baby since I have a history of it. Some websites I look on say the same thing and others say you're less likely to get again if the next baby has the same father.

With this baby, I have high BP again and some protein in my urine but my OB isn't officially calling it pre-e yet.
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January 5th, 2010, 09:17 PM
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I had pre-e with our son. And did not have it with our daughter. I didnt really do to much differently either. My BP stayed completely normal. I was so scared when I found out I was pregnant with her that I would go through everything I went through with David all over again. But my midwife was so reassuring and positive which in turn helped me be positive. It was so nice to have that support.
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January 9th, 2010, 05:52 PM
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oh man when I was in my last trimester with Brylie I ate soo much protein (I had ZERO protein in my urine the day of my induction)...we literally had steaks for supper every night. We don't eat white bread/pasta, etc so that's good too I guess. I'll have to educate myself more on the brewers diet before the 2nd pregnancy is here!

Also, I must admit I'm afraid to eat much more protein that I did with Brylie because she was 7lb7oz at 37w1d (we know the exact time of conception because she is an IUI baby) ...imagine if I'd gone to 42w+

Ditto this. I think the Brewers diet is bunk. I followed it becuase at 28 weeks I had pre-e, my protein went away but my high BP DID NOT! So I was on bed-rest the rest of my pregnancy and ultimately induced as soon as I reached full term. I am like you and would like to do anything I can to avoid it but it seems beyond loosing a few pounds (i could lose 15 or so and be okay) there isn't anything to do, and loosing weight will only help in really specific circumstances that are pretty uncommon.

Pray about it. That's what I'm doing. Oh and working out a plan to deal with going beyond 24 hours of an induction w/o drugs (I got the epi at 24hrs. )

just wanted to add...JMO and I'm repeating what I've been told.
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January 9th, 2010, 07:09 PM
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I read an article... and I will try and find them for you but have read that taking a calcium supplement helps with preventing pre-e... or just increasing your daily calcium....

I started taking a calcium supplement in the first tri and I believed it helped... I was constantly being forwarned by my OB that I was a 'ticking time bomb" in the pre-e department. But I never had an issue with my BP....

Calcium intake could reduce pre-eclampsia, suggests review

Calcium Supplementation During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Pre-Eclampsia and Preterm Delivery by Derrick DeSilva Jr., M.D. - Alternative Health Blog - InsidersHealth.com

Can Pre Eclampsia be prevented?

Pre-eclampsia (Toxemia of Pregnancy, Pregnancy-induced Hypertension) | ThirdAge Articles

Here are a couple articles on it...
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