My daughter and I also survived preeclampsia. She was born at 29w weighing 2lbs 3oz.
There are some things I wish I had know during my pregnancy and some things I would have done differently:
I had some early symptoms at 23w, sudden violent vomiting, terrible headache, BP rising to 130/85. My midwives had me go for blood work which came back clear. They told me it was not pre-e and that I was probably just a nervous first time mom who needed to relax, take it easy, and get more calcium. At my routine appointment a month later my BP was 160/100, my urine was +2 for protein, and blood work showed elevated liver enzymes.
I really wanted to believe that I was fine and because of that I think I was not as proactive about my care as I should have been. In retrospect I should have:
Asked to come in every week for a BP check
Brought my home BP machine in and made sure I was using it correctly (I got wildly inconsistent results and home and often found some reason to discount the high readings)
Made sure that my care providers were talking to each other. I was also seeing an MFM for growth scans because of a separate health issue. Around the time that I had my initial pre-e symptoms, my baby also started showing signs of IUGR. I don't think the MFM ever knew that I had had pre-e symptoms. They also never took my BP at appointments. Typical of health care in the US, I was receiving a lot of care, but no one was looking at my case holistically.
Understood that pre-e can present in wildly different ways. As I got sicker I had fewer symptoms. I had severe pre-e without headache, vomiting, or swelling. I had elevated liver enzymes without any pain. My only real symptom at the time I delivered was tiredness.
Known that anyone who says all cases of pre-e can be cured with diet and/or supplements is a hack who is putting the lives of women at risk.
Edited by maryeliz - 5/13/11 at 6:24am