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January 24th, 2006, 02:23 PM
bright future's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I have read that pre-eclampsia is much more prevalent in women who have GD... my hands have been swollen since my last OB appointment on Friday and it's causing the WORST carpal tunnel syndrome.

So far my BP has been okay at my visits and when I test at the drug store and stuff... well, a little high at 130/80 but not enough for a diagnosis. My doc has not yet ever said anything about protein in my urine, but I am scared that things are going to get weird before my next appointment.

At my prenatal class on Saturday it felt like there was extra pressure behind my eyes... I haven't felt that since then, though...

Anyone ever have pre-eclampsia before?
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January 24th, 2006, 04:53 PM
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Bright, you are doing great so far! A little swelling is normal. If it gets really bad, then you can start worrying, but try not to worry too much. I have never experienced pre-eclampsia, but a couple of my friends have and they had symptoms much earlier than this. Just be sure and stay off your feet as much as possible and drink your water, which I know you do already.
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January 26th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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Here a little advice. I hope it helps. I've never had it but I'm a little familiar with it.

Some swelling in the hands, ankles, and feet is normal in the last trimester of pregnancy. Your systolic (or top number) blood pressure would be 30mmHg HIGHER than your baseline pre-pregnancy in order to be of any concern and your diastolic (bottom number) would be 15mmHg HIGHER than your pre-pregnancy blood pressure in order to be of any concern. Other signs of pre-eclampsia include:
swelling of the face especially around the eyes
weight gain of greater than 5 lbs in one week
greater 2+ protein in your urine
epigastric pain (this is an EMERGENCY--go to the ER immediately. This could mean an impending seizure)
extreme, unusual headache
nausea or vomiting
blurred vision
rapid, racing heartrate
shortness of breath
sudden anxiety
A woman is also at risk if it is her first pregnancy.

Talk to your doc or midwife about it if you're really concerned and have your BP rechecked. Good luck! )

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February 1st, 2006, 06:54 AM
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I didn't have it, but my cousin did, they said she almost died, she didn't even know she was that sick...it is very scary indeed.

(((((((((HUGS))))))))))) Your BP seems ok, I think you will be just fine, is thre anyway to lessen the chances?

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