Another PreE person here. I had PIH. Gradually my blood pressure was getting higher, but nothing else was wrong, so my doctor did nothing.
At 34 weeks, I had been short winded for months, and I started getting hot and sweaty after doing so much as getting up to walk to the bathroom. I got severe migranes that didn't go away with anything but chocolate [go figure!] and even then, they kept coming back. I did see spots for one day, but I kept it easy, laid back with my feet up and drank tons of water.
When I had my appointment that week, my blood pressure was 2something over 150! It was absurdly ridiculously high. They made me lay down for 5 minutes and checked again. STill high. Then they laid me on my side and waited again. Still high. I was sent to the hospital for blood work and my doctor had no choice but to send me to Phoenix to have my baby due to lack of NICU at our hospital. In her opinion, my baby should have been taken out right then.
I was on magnesium sulfate for 3 days. It was the worst 3 days of my life! I was on complete bedrest for the first day, then I was allowed bathroom priveleges but that was it. On the 4th day they took me off the mag and made me walk around. Surprise, surprise my blood pressure went through the roof. They put me back on bedrest, but since I was almost 35 weeks, they wanted to send me home.
With all that trouble, they weren't monitoring my urine [they thought it was just PIH] and surprise surprise, a blood test showed problems with my kidneys..they were failing. I talked them into inducing me, but during labor, your blood pressure rises, and having this condition makes it downright dangerous to have that happen. [A woman on one of my pregnancy boards at the time had a pre e seizure and was in a coma for 2 weeks.] So I was on pitocin, which makes your uterus contract, yet had to be on mag, which forces your muscles to relax to keep your blood pressure down. Not a good combination. After almost 12 hours, I was still at a 5, my daughter's heart rate dropped dangerously low [the 30s] and I had an emergency C-Section.
My daughter also suffered mild IUGR as she was only 4 1/2 pounds, but was healthier than most full term newborns. She had problems regulating her temperature, and didn't know how to eat, but after 3 days, she was fine.
Pre-Eclampsia is a deadly condition for both mother and baby. If the baby is taken too early it could die, but if the baby is taken too late, the mother could die.
It's kind of hard to prevent it or fix it, when they aren't even sure what causes it. Basically, they say, it's like our bodies are allergic to our babies..or our bodies just don't like being pregnant.