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    Default Preg with second, had Pre Eclampsia with DS

    Hi Ladies,

    I am 9 weeks preg with my second and had severe pre eclampsia with DS although they only discovered it 8 hours into my labour. Now i have read a lot more about it i believe i had pre eclampsia from about 22 weeks but they didn't pick it up. They were going to do protein tests a few times but always ended up brushing it off.

    Problem is I really want to go low risk for this birth but at my first antinatal appt was told i need to 'argue my case' with the registrar after my 20 week scan.

    Just wondering if anyone has any experiences that could help me with my arguments of why i should be allowed to stay low risk until/if i start getting pre eclampsia symptoms.

    Also interested to see how many ladies had pre eclampsia in first preg and did/did not in second.

    Thank you

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    I had severe PE when I was pregnant with my DD1. They discovered it at 28 weeks and I was hospitalized pretty much the rest of the pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant with DD2 my dr told me there was an increased chance it would return and be even more severe. They monitored me more closely (had check ups more frequently), but it never returned,much to the drs surprise.

    Could you request to be kept low risk on the condition you have more frequent check ups and if it does occur again, they can act accordingly?


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    Thank you for your responses.

    lil miss - thank you that makes me hopeful mine wont return. I am hoping they will let me stay low risk until/if pre eclampsia symptoms present and then i will willingly go high risk. I am happy to have extra monitoring so will suggest that.

    missie_mack - thanks for that excerpt, my naturopath has me on magnesium as that has been shown to prevent pre eclampsia. I might speak to her about asprin and see what she thinks about that.

    thanks again ladies.

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    If both kids have the same father, your chances are 50%. Which each subsequent child AFTER having PE, the chances go down.

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    I had severe pre-eclampsia with dd they discovered it at 1pm and I had dd 4 hours later at 5pm at emergency c section at 28 weeks, we both nearly died the specialist OB who delivered dd said its a miracle we both survived. I have been petrified this time with this pregnancy and saw the specialist OB who delivered dd as he was amazing. We have been monitored closely as dd was only 1pd 7 or 705 grams so I was classed as high risk again. I've been on 100mg of asprin a day (another friend also with pre-eclampsia last time on asprin as well) and I'm 31.5 weeks and OB is amazed and thinks I'll make it full term when at the start he was almost certain I would get it again. I'm also trying for a VBAC this time😊 my BP has been perfect I am on bp pills since the start of the pregnancy as a precaution and no protein in my urine (which was not tested regularly with my first pregnancy) I saw my OB every 2 weeks from 20 weeks onwards and having scans monthly to check the growth of bubs. Can you just ask for once you reach 20 weeks to have more appointments as that would be when pre-eclampsia could happen anyway only from 20 weeks + ? GL hun xo
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    How safe is it to take aspirin everyday of pregnancy? Sounds odd?

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    It's called baby asprin (not for babies of course) or a really small dose of asprin. Most people with heart problems use it every day to prevent blood clots to thin the blood which prevents heart attacks. It's very commonly given now to pregnant women with a history of pre-eclampsia for prevention of it or severity of it etc. Google it you'll probably find more info on it.
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    I had severe eclampsia (in order of severity goes pre-eclampsia, then eclampsia, then severe eclampsia) HELLP syndrome with my DS and next time i will be high risk, on bed rest from 12 weeks, on blood thinners as soon as i get my BFP and as soon as my BP is slightly raised i will be on BP meds, from 20weeks until birth i will have fortnightly OB appts and fortnightly middie appts so every week i will see someone, i will also have 1 monthly -2 monthly neuro appts.

    I think you need to write down what you do want and dont want, what you are ok to give up or go through. And what you want and you can do safely, you should fight for. I am a bit shocked that it was never organised for a pre-pregnancy plan for your next pregnancy (this one) after the last one was born.

    This is my birth story.

    I really hope the best for you and your baby on board!


 

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