Hi all, I'm new here. I read pages 1-11 of this thread, and plan to read the rest when I get a chance, but I'm just wondering if someone could give me a quick checklist of things I should be talking over with my midwife/perinatologist now, given my past experience and current circumstances:
DS#1 was born last July 1. I developed severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP during labor (or at least that's what the ob claims---I wonder if I had undiagnosed pre-e before that, as DS was born full-term weighing only 5lbs5oz). Thank God, everything turned out fine. DS had great apgars, didn't spend any time in NICU, and they got my bp, platelets, etc. back to normal within a couple of days. It wasn't until reading part of this thread a couple of months later that I realized just how serious this condition was.
I had none of the symptoms, until I showed up at l&d at 40 weeks with high blood pressure (168/91; it later escalated to 180/100).
Fast forward to now, I'm 11 weeks pg with #2. I've had one appt. with a new midwife at which I told her about what happened with #1, so she referred me to the perinatologist, who I saw today. I'll be seeing him again in 2 weeks to have blood drawn and screened for the blood disorders that can predispose a person to pre-e.
Today, I forgot to ask him how often they would be doing labs on me. And now I'm just wondering, how soon do we need to start monitoring everything really closely...now? Given that I had no symptoms last time, I'm really scared that it could come on again with no warning. And when we do start monitoring, what all do we need to be looking at, and how often, etc.?
When I wondered these things aloud to my midwife at our first visit, she didn't seem to think we would be doing much extra monitoring. Should I be looking for a different midwife, or is she just leaving all that to the perinatologist?
Yesterday, I felt kind of "contractiony" all day. It felt kind of like the BH contractions I had very often from about month 5 of my first pregnancy. It got worse when I climbed the stairs, lifted DS, or had a full bladder. Today, I've felt like I've had a big rock in the pit of my stomach all day. The perinatologist said not to worry, my cervix was small on the u/s, it was probably just my bowels or who knows what. Do you agree with him, not to worry?
Well, I guess that's enough questions for now. Thanks in advance.