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Enlarged heart,PIH and possible Precclampsia

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April 8th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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Hello all,

I am almost 37 weeks pregnant with 4th(35 yrs old) child and have been diagnosed with a leaky mitral valve in my heart. My heart is also very enlarged. OB sent me to cardiologist who has now put me on bedrest. I get palpitations every so often and get winded just walking upstairs. I also have PIH which is possibly turning into precclampsia which I also had with baby #1. I am gaining up to 10lbs a week and am so swelled up I cannot even walk now. feet look like a blown up rubber glove and the welling isnt limited to my feet as it goes all the way up legs and arms and face. My toxemia lab at hospital was negative so they did not induce me. My heart rate is up so high that I get dizzy and I feel chest pains sometimes. This pregnancy has been a nightmare wioth every symptom imagineable that I didnt get with previous 3 children (they were all girls and this one is a boy)

Has anyone had a heart murmer like this in pregnancy,or been told their heart is very enlarged? if so how did delivery go and how was babies health? Ultrasounds say baby was already 7lbs at 35 weeks and by all accounts is healthy.....but boy I am not.
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April 9th, 2005, 06:35 PM
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I had pre-eclampsia and you need to be very careful!!! Try to stay on your sides while you lay down it helps keep your blood pressure down. Relax...Relax...Relax... That is what you need to do try to do as little as humanly possible!!! And make sure your doctor knows everything about the way you are feeling. You may even want to call him/her just to let them know.
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April 11th, 2005, 09:45 PM
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I did not have it, but my best friend did. I agree with blueyedmommy... be very careful! The end is very near for you if you are 37 weeks... baby dust!
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April 12th, 2005, 07:08 AM
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I just wanted to say I am so sorry you are going through this. Please be careful and stay on your left side. you are almost there sweety.. (((hugs))) to you

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April 13th, 2005, 09:03 PM
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Originally posted by Bea@Apr 12 2005, 09:08 AM
I just wanted to say I am so sorry you are going through this.* Please be careful and stay on your left side.* you are almost there sweety.. (((hugs))) to you
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Thank you to all who posted Unfortunately the last couple weeks is the hardest part of all... I do have to lie on my left side most of the time because body parts go numb while on my right side. I can feel my heart beating in my chest while on my right side too. Nine more days and hopefully my body will go back to somewhat of a normal state...

Can I just say that I have found pregnancy in your thirties is so much harder then in your twenties....apparently PIH is much more common in older moms.
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