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post #401 of 601
Wow, it does sound like something is wrong. Please keep us updated.
post #402 of 601
Thread Starter 
Is there anyway you can check your blood pressure yourself over the weekend? Like at a drug store or something? Just to keep an eye on it. If it gets too high, like 140/90 then head for the ER. It is better to be safe than sorry, and pre-e kills mothers and babies. It is not something to be taken lightly.
Gossamer
post #403 of 601
ITA with Gossamer. Also, you can get not-too-spendy home BP monitors that work allright at the drugstores. I had one with my first pregnancy when I was borderline day-by-day.

Take care!
post #404 of 601
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Originally Posted by gossamer
Is there anyway you can check your blood pressure yourself over the weekend? Like at a drug store or something? Just to keep an eye on it. If it gets too high, like 140/90 then head for the ER. It is better to be safe than sorry, and pre-e kills mothers and babies. It is not something to be taken lightly.
Gossamer
There is a drug store right around the corner so I could go over there for a quick check. Also, my family dr is at a med-stop so I'm pretty sure I could go over there if I need to do a quick check too.

Thanks!
post #405 of 601
oh, please don't check your BP at a drugstore! The machines are never calibrated and are notoriously inaccurate. Try a fire station.
post #406 of 601
Oh, I don't know about that. The ones I used were always very accurate. I imagine if you know your baseline, it's pretty easy to tell if it's off or not.
post #407 of 601
But with preeclampsia, "pretty good" or "close enough" are not adequate, and baseline is completely irrelevant. If you're using an inaccurate machine, how do you know that your BP isn't really 150/100, the machine says it's 135/80, and your baseline is 120/70? What difference does the baseline make if the data you're now getting are unreliable?
post #408 of 601
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Originally Posted by maxmama
But with preeclampsia, "pretty good" or "close enough" are not adequate, and baseline is completely irrelevant. If you're using an inaccurate machine, how do you know that your BP isn't really 150/100, the machine says it's 135/80, and your baseline is 120/70? What difference does the baseline make if the data you're now getting are unreliable?
Sorry - I meant your baseline on that machine. I don't know, I just haven't had the problem of inaccurate drugstore machines. The ones that I checked at weekly were accurate, both in relation to earlier readings on the same machine and readings at the midwife's office. I dunno. I guess if anyone really wants to go to the firestation they could.
post #409 of 601
The firemen are pretty hot.

I'm sure some drugstore machines are accurate, but I know ours are calibrated every three months by biomed engineering. I would not be comfortable basing treatment decisions (like whether to call your provider) on a machine with no oversight or maintenance whatsoever.
post #410 of 601
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Originally Posted by maxmama
The firemen are pretty hot.
But..but...wouldn't that contraindicate keeping the BP down?
post #411 of 601
Oh, fine, take away EVERYTHING I have going in this pregnancy.

No, really, I HAVE to see the firemen. REALLY.
post #412 of 601
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Originally Posted by maxmama
Oh, fine, take away EVERYTHING I have going in this pregnancy.

No, really, I HAVE to see the firemen. REALLY.


Actually, in my neighborhood, the fire station is across the street from the drug store (how's that for convenient?) I would feel kind of weird just walking in and asking them to do it though. I never knew you could do something like that. Lucky for me the hospital's birth center is only 10 min away too. Although, I'd have to make it to 35 wks for them to keep the baby there. Otherwise he'd be taken to a hospital about an hour away.
post #413 of 601
Thread Starter 
If you were having bp issues already and if it were for a longer period of time, I might be wary of a drugstore machine. But since it's just for the weekend, and since your bp seems to be fine so far, I would suggest going now to get it checked so you can figure out your baseline on that machine and then just check it saturday and sunday. MOre often if you are not feeling well. If you notice a change of 15 points on either number or it gets above 140/90, then go to the ER.
Gossamer
post #414 of 601
I haven't gotten my labs back yet but my bp was still ok. So far so good. I'll keep you posted!
post #415 of 601
Good news! I had severe pre-e/HELLP with my dd #1 and last week on 6-1-06 had dd#2 at 38 weeks with no signs of pre-e or HELLP!
post #416 of 601
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post #417 of 601

Update

Well, I don't know how to feel...

My dr appt was this morning. My blood pressure was still ok 130/80, it had been 128/78 so not too bad. All my labs (pre-e screen) were within normal limits. Interestingly the urine sample that I gave last Friday at the lab said no protein. I don't have any swelling or any other symptoms. My dr says this is pretty unusual and that she's going to treat me as having pre-e. So she said she won't put me on complete bed rest if I agree to do nothing. I can't go get groceries, do laundry anything strenuous. I can live with that. I'm doing another 24 hr urine now to see how it compares to the one I did for the original post. I'm also going Tuesday for an u/s to check how big he is (which I don't have a whole lot of faith in since the same office was way off on my friend's baby's size). I'm going to start weekly visits and NSTs after 32 wks.

I'm just confused. I know she's being extra careful and I appreciate it. I just don't understand why if nothing has changed really from 2 wks ago, why is she's putting more restrictions on me?

I will follow her directions. I've got my dh, parents and lots of friends who will help with what I need. I know how serious this is and I'm not taking it lightly. Also, my parents said they have a home bp monitor so they're going to bring that over and I'll take it to the drs office and have it checked against what the nurse does to see if it is accurate.

I'll keep you posted.
post #418 of 601
Maybe she wants to see if your BP becomes more normal (decreases) or you lack signs totally after two weeks on bedrest? Maybe she has a gut feeling? I thought the 80s were starting to be not-good, from my understanding. I never had a reading over 75 in my last, normal pregnancy, but they started inching up by 25 weeks in my first, pre-e pregnancy to around the 80s.

Why not just ask your doc why the concern and bedrest if no signs? Perhaps there is something she's not sharing with you? You shouldn't have to feel confused, that's not right. I would call and ask for more information.
post #419 of 601
I would ask why the bedrest, period. Ask for some studies that show it actually does anything for preeclampsia, because there's any number of studies showing significant morbidity associated with bedrest. My perinates are nationally known PE researchers, and don't do bedrest at all in their clinical practice.
post #420 of 601
Thread Starter 
A lot of times labile bp can be an indication of pre-e. Plus, didn't you have protein in your first 24 hour urine? It is absolutely better to be safe than sorry. I know several women who were able to carry their babies for a couple weeks longer because they were on bedrest, so I wouldn't completely knock it. I think that your previous experience with pre-e might also have to do with her being more vigilant. PLease keep us updated.
Gossamer
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