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<p>I'm so disappointed, but not surprised, I guess. I've been feeling it coming for several weeks, and especially while i'm pregnant, my intuitions are rarely wrong.</p>
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<p>I was at the OB yesterday, and I had gained 10 lbs in 2 weeks, even though I haven't been eating well. I've been very, very thirsty, and my heartburn has been getting much, much worse over the past 2 weeks, plus the intuitive feelings all added up to lots of suspicions. My BP was through the roof. </p>
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<p>So he put me on a massive dose of another BP medicine-Aldomet, in addition to the one I'm already on - more for palpitations, than actual BP. The side effects look horrible. Does anyone have any experience with Aldomet?? Please chime in if you do. it is so frustrating, because my BP is normally LOW - like 90/50 - when i'm not preg.</p>
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<p>Thankfully, my urine was still clear of protein, but he is very worried. I'm 25w3d now, so viability is starting to look better and better, but I am still very worried, and could use some prayers. <img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></p>
 

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<p>Sorry to hear this :( What was your BP? I haven't heard anything about the drug.  Did anything like this happen with your last pregnancy?  How do you feel about seeing an alternative doctor concurrently to work through the bp issues nutritionally to possibly reduce or put it off?</p>
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<p>I have heard a lot about doing on a high protein diet. Have you looked into that? I bet there are lots of threads on MDC.</p>
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<p>Take your medicine.  Drink your water.  And take it easy.  That baby needs to do alot of growing yet.</p>
 

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<p>Google: Brewer Pregnancy Diet</p>
<p>My OB and midwife both say it is good.</p>
 

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<p>I was on aldomet for my BP with my youngest. No real side effects for me other than feeling icky. I'm sorry you're dealing with this already. I feel like I'm right on the cusp of pre-e again too. Hang in there!!</p>
 

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<p>Sorry you're dealing with this so early.</p>
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<p>I don't know anything about that med, but I'd take it if the doc says it'll help.</p>
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<p>+1 on the brewer diet (high-protein diet, where you consume as close to 100g quality protein a day as you can).</p>
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<p>Lay on your left side as much as you can when you're resting or sleeping. That helps keep the BP down.</p>
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<p>Good luck mama. Give that babe as many more weeks to grow as you can.</p>
 

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<p>Oh I also wanted to add that I've seen many others monitor BP at home, do you think you could afford or borrow a BP machine? BP is usually much lower outside the natural tension of a doctors office (even me at the couple midwives I've seen). Then, you could lay down for a little while (on your left side as a pp mentioned), be fully at rest and take your BP then over the course of a few days and hopefully have some lower readings.</p>
 

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<p>I had high BP during my 3rd trimester last pregnancy.  My midwife had me eat protein. protein, protein!  Follow the Brewer diet.  I was so sick of protein but I kept shoveling it in constantly.</p>
<p>I'm doing that now even though my BP is nice and low currently.</p>
<p>Get a BP monitor for your home, rest.  My midwife noticed that my BP would be higher after I drove so she waited about 20 minutes before she took my BP, then it would be lower.</p>
<p>I had edema also with my BP issue mostly in my legs.</p>
<p>It never got worse and I was able to have my home birth.</p>
 

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<p>Hi, sorry to hear that you are having troubles, and that you're worried, and it's great that you are under a MD's care, and I am sure you will make the best decisions regarding your health!</p>
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<p>There is so much conflicting dietary health information out there, it is frustrating, but I am going to add my 2 cents worth...I fanatically read about health but specifically to treat disease and problems.  I TRY to focus on how the body works in response to food.  Here is some info that you may find useful, if any one wants references or more reading, just ask, I will provide it:</p>
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<p>---There are always some exceptions to the rule but generally: high BP is associated, in pregnancy and un-pregnancy, with high levels of URIC ACID.  Uric acid is produced from sugar...any sugar, even fructose....if you reduce sugar intake, your blood pressure will go down.  Try 5 days of NO sugar drink, NO juice, NO sugar/sweetner in coffee, NO desserts, NO cookies/pastry, NO cereal, NO dried fruit, NO alcohol.  Limit fruit to one a day. Drink lots of water or milk (and don't use artificial sweetners for the trial).</p>
<p>and then take your blood pressure, it should be lower.  You will not hurt anything by cutting out sugars/fruits for 5 days, and you may actually see a result in 3 days.  Talk it over with your doc.</p>
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<p>----Maternal high protein in pregnancy is associated with high cortisol levels and high blood pressure for the children later in life.  High and too low protein intake during pregnancy is associated with low birthweight, smaller head circumference, and shorter length.  Human breastmilk is low in protein. Plenty of fat and cholesterol are needed for optimal development, especially for the growing fetus's brain.  If you do increase protein intake try fatty cuts of meat, or combine protein with butter/cream/coconut oil.</p>
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<p>One md's work that is vital for everyone to read/know is that of Dr. Robert Lustig:  <a href="http://www.uctv.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=16717" target="_blank">http://www.uctv.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=16717</a></p>
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<p>a few references about pregnancy/uric acid/ protein:</p>
<p><a href="http://hyper.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/46/6/1250" target="_blank">http://hyper.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/46/6/1250</a></p>
<p><a href="http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=fVH-JYbe2isC&oi=fnd&pg=PA92&dq=protein+intake+pregnancy+&ots=WU_sy5JNuQ&sig=bCAvC5-zA4pbE_eSYmU6HjDc274#v=onepage&q=protein%20intake%20pregnancy&f=false" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=fVH-JYbe2isC&oi=fnd&pg=PA92&dq=protein+intake+pregnancy+&ots=WU_sy5JNuQ&sig=bCAvC5-zA4pbE_eSYmU6HjDc274#v=onepage&q=protein%20intake%20pregnancy&f=false</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.asn-online.org/press/files/Jalal_fructose_study.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.asn-online.org/press/files/Jalal_fructose_study.pdf</a></p>
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<p>take care.</p>
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<p>Hmmm, sounds more like PIH than pre-e since you're not spilling protein in your urine.  Also, pre-e is mostly in first pregnancies unless you're with a new partner.  I would also stay off salt, ditto the protein, cut out sugar and also maybe incorporate yoga or hypnobabies to help you relax.  Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for all your thoughts, Mamas.</p>
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<p>I ate "Brewer-style", almost to the letter, even though I had never heard of it before, with DS. I had almost NO sugars at all, protein out the wazoo, ate 24/7 practically (LOL), drank lots of water, slept day and night, etc, etc...still got Pre-e. I only gained 15 lbs, until it started, then I gained 25 MORE lbs in only 2 weeks.</p>
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<p>This time, I AM eating more sugar than with DS, but I have already been in the hospital FOUR TIMES for dehydration and ketones. My ketones at home have been 40+ several times when I have tested, simply from not eating and drinking enough. Most days, I am lucky to get 1000 calories down :(  Whenever my sugar gets low enough that I start into a hypoglycemic episode, I CAN cram the protein in. I have to laugh about that. I talked to the dr about my concerns about drinking Ginger Ale, watered down gatorade, ect because of the sugar in it, and he told me that he didn't care if I drank pure sugar water - I HAD to drink... I'm literally at a loss. And like someone mentioned, the research is so contradictory...</p>
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<p>So far the medicine is just making me sleepy, dizzy and thirsty. I've been staggering around crashing into things since I started it. rofl...craziness!</p>
 

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<p>I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this!  You are in my prayers!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Liora</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285572/the-edge-of-pre-eclampsia-already#post_16120622"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this!  You are in my prayers!</p>
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<br><br><p>Thank you Liora, I really appreciate it. And, Stayseeliz, I'm sorry you are feeling that you are on the cusp too.  :( It's a scary place to be.</p>
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<p>Quick update: I found out that I have a yeast inf from the Z-pac I was on for the bronchitis, and that my 1 hour glucose was somewhat high. I have a 3 hour scheduled for Monday morning, to see about GD. </p>
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<p>CookAMH - My parents gave us some money for Christmas, so I'm going to use some of it to get my own BP cuff to monitor it here at home. At the dr it has been 160's over 90's. I've also been resting and laying on my left side as much as possible, as well as cutting out as much sugar as I possibly can. I'm interested to see what it is here at home.</p>
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<p>alireb - yes, right now, it technically is still probably considered PIH. However, if it were JUST high bp, as it has been since I was 3 months, then i wouldn't worry much at all. But it's not anymore, with the other things snowballing on top of the BP. I have also read that PE is often in 1st babies, but I know so many mama's who have either had it with every baby, or like Michelle Dugger (whom I do actually know IRL) who developed it with her 19th child, they develop it randomly with some pregnancies, and not with others. None have had different husbands. It seems that nothing with PE is predictable. Lol.</p>
 

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<p>It sounds like you are informed already and open to learning and trying different things. I know my own knowledge is really limited on PIH or pre-e.  I'm sorry you were sick lately and not feeling great this pregnancy :(. Your body and gut would benefit well from probiotics, and having taken the abx, with having yeast (which everyone does), your sugar consumption would help the yeast to proliferate. Do you still have issues getting enough calories in?  I was wondering how you like smoothies, if you made them with coconut milk. Lots of good calories there. I've made a coconut-cocoa-peanut butter sweetened with liquid stevia before that is filling and tasty and not sugary.   I'm glad you can get a bp monitor at home, do let us know how those readings go. A friend had high bp leading to pre-e with her first two pregnancies and checked her bp at home regularly. Thankfully, her most recent, third pregnancy was TOTALLY normal and she got to go into labor on her own with no induction :).</p>
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<p>I'm glad personally for the info about uric acid with sugar consumption...that is a weakness for me and it's so hard because I KNOW I'd be better off, but sweets are just calling to me esp with the holidays. I do well when it's not in the house, but I've had plenty of treats around.</p>
 
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