Originally Posted by PotreroHill
I was diagnosed a few days ago with mild preeclampsia. For the time being, it seems to be stable. I'm starting bedrest next week at 34 weeks along. Can anyone tell me their experiences with preeclampsia, bedrest, and delivering the baby? What's the criteria for hospitalization with pre-e? Were you hospitalized? Did you go to 40 weeks? Were you induced early? How did delivery go? Is there a higher risk of a csection with pre-e?
I was diagnosed a bit earlier than you, officially around 31 weeks. I was put on bedrest and bloodpressure meds at that time. I took my b/p's at home, and if it got too high, or if I was feeling ill, I would go to L&D to have them check and see how my dd was handling it. A lot of laying on my left side!!! At 34 weeks is when my blood pressure meds were not helping as much, my bloodpressure, at best, was around 155/90. I was having appts 2x/week to monitor the baby for an hour. My protein in the urine went from a plus 1 to a plus 2. I was then put on STRICT bedrest, and was told that I would have to be hospitalized if my b/p's got higher. At this point, the only reason my OB did not want to deliver, is because of lung development. I wasn't scared, and was sure the baby would be huge, because I was HUGE. I had an ultrasound at 35 weeks and 5 days. Baby wasn't huge, baby was measuring small, approx 32 weeks. My bloodpressure in the office was 192/110. It was time. I had also gained 5lbs in 2 days. I begged to wait until morning, and she was O.K. with that, but made my husband PROMISE that I only got up to pee, no bath even, and that we would come in early. We had a little "celebration" party the night before * I didn't follow doctors orders, oops* and went swimming. ( I wasn't worried as I was not even close to being dialated) 8am we were at the hospital. I already knew I was having a cesearian because of the placenta previa, baby was high and breech, and my body wasn't ready for labor) at 12:15 pm my baby girl was born
The birth was amazing, and she stayed with us, until she was showing us, and the nurses, that she was ready to go to the NICU. My dh and family held her while I was being stitched up. I had no pain what so ever, no discomfort. We were so excited, and even got pictures of her birth
She weighed 4lbs 14oz. She did have some preemi issues, and very low blood sugar. Once in the NICU, she was having a hard time with maintaining her body temp, jaundice, heart murmer, grunted breathing, and some feeding issues all due to prematurity. She was in the NICU a total of 6 days. I got to stay with her, I was just 2 rooms down from the NICU. The first day I was on Mag Sulfate so I was stuck to the bed, plus I was pretty drugged. They brought the baby to me from the NICU for feedings and whenever I wanted to see her, incubator and all! The hospital staff was amazing, the entire experience was just the best considering the pregnancy complications. I wish you the best and congrats!!!
ETA: the protein in my urine at 35 weeks was at a plus 4. My bloodpressure actually got worse after the delivery, but finally at 6 weeks postpartum, the pre eclampsia was gone!