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Saturday, July 25, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call from the on-call nurse at the clinic. The level of protein in my urin test came back elevated, which means that I have been diagnosed with preeclampsia.

At this point it just means more monitoring. I will try to rest more and keep my blood pressure down, though I suppose it went up again once I started stressing after hearing the diagnosis.

I also have to watch for the following symptoms, which will mean that I have gotten toxemia:
  • headaches that do no go away with Tylenol or rest
  • swelling of legs, arms, hands and/or face
  • acid reflux together with soreness under ribcage
  • sick feeling
  • blurry or spotty vision
  • decreased movement of the baby

If I do get any of these symptoms I have to call the nurse line immediately. The nurse informed me that since I am already at 35 weeks if my blood pressure increases and I start to get these symptoms that the doctor will probably deliver the baby early.

All that being said, if I don't get any of the symptoms and my blood pressure stays where it is right now, 120/50, I could very well carry the baby full-term.

We would love to wait for week 37 so that she is full-term and not premature, but are both ready to meet her soon. I just hope that this excitement all dies down and I am able to go into labor naturally as well as deliver naturally instead of being induced or having a c-section. It is amazing to me how little power a person has over their own body, be it that they are pregnant or not, and you don't realize that until going through a pregnancy or some kind of illness.

Wish us luck!

1 comments to Preeclampsia:

Ronell said...

Good Luck with everything!

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