Tear78 and Peace+Hope started talking about their pre-e experiences and I thought it would be a great thread to start. Here is a screen shot of their threads for reference...
I also had pre-e with my second and third pregnancy. The first one I started spilling protein in my urine at about 34 weeks. I made it to 40 but by then my levels were about 5500 and the OB that oversees the midwife team decided to put me on mag/sulf and pit. It was the worst labor and delivery. I was in labor for about 16 hours, and the pit was cranked up so high that every contraction was ridiculously intense! When I finally started to push I was exhausted and I ran out of steam. I was laying on my side and this baby's head was sticking out of me!! He was stuck, and thank God the midwife was very experienced because she yelled up to me, and said "Jessica, you gotta FLIP OVER!!" I remember thinking, has she lost her mind? I can't flip over with this head sticking out of me! But I did it, and as soon as I was on my hands and knees, within the next contraction he came right out!
With my third we noticed protein starting to spill about 37.5 weeks. Again I made it to 40, and the last sample they took it was over 7000. The overseeing OB again came to me and said he wanted to start mag/sulf. I looked him straight in the eye and NO. I said, I want 24 hours to have this baby my way, no pit, no mag/sulf, and if I cant do it in that time, I will do it your way. He said okay, we'll do what you want. It was the best birth!! I was in labor for 3.5 hours, and had DS3 underwater in the birthing tub. He came so fast that he bruises all over his poor little face. I think I pushed 3-4 times. I am so glad I did it my way. I had the birth I wanted, and he was very healthy.
I had heard at one time that pre-e can be caused from the father, and that there is some chemical imbalance that happens while mom is pregnant. I do find it interesting that my first pregnancy I didn't have pre-e and that was with a different father. 2 and 3 were with my ex husband and with both I had pre-e. My sister had pre-e with her 1 and 2, got a divorce and then remarried and had two more kiddos and neither of those pregnancies had any complications. Has anyone else heard this?