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post #1 of 3 Old 08-23-2012, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any experience with it? my 22 year old sister and her husband are expecting their first child at the end of October. All her doctors appoitment were fine. The baby was excellent with no problems. Then her last one her blood pressure was elevated and things were a little off. Her doctors appoitment yesterday led the dr to believe it is preeclampsia. So now she has to do the 24 hour urine test and rest and all that. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with it and have any advice to ease the stress and help her relax. My mom took her to get a pedi yesterday and my sister said she thinks the massaging of her lower legs and feet helped relieve some of the swelling and pressure. Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-23-2012, 10:13 AM
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I had preeclampsia when I was pregnant with my daughter. I normally (when not prego) have borderline low blood pressure (102/70 is norm for me) so it freaked me out quite a bit when I saw the numbers at my check up. I was put on bed rest, lots of laying on my left side (will lower bp when pregnant) and I ended up being induced early because the doctors couldn't keep my pressure regulated. It got extremely high so I was put on a mag drip & pitocin to induce, the mag was awful. It made me feel horribly sick. BUT - despite it being a pretty crummy week in the hospital before my daughter arrived, she was a little thing but arrived happy & healthy and is now a happy, healthy, rotten 7 year old :)

Tell her lots of rest, keep her legs elevated (with preeclampsia her legs will likely swell even more so than a normal pregnant woman - I had the worst case of cankles EVER) lay on her left side to reduce her bp, and try to relax. It's easier said than done, when you are pregnant it's all worrying anyway but to have something added to worry about makes it hard. Tell her to get DH to rub her feet & legs and generally spoil her, that always helps

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-23-2012, 11:19 AM
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They don't know why it happens (all those "risk factors" don't seem to work all that well for predictions), nor it can be taken care of completely. I assume they found protein in urine that led the doctor to think it may be preeclampsia.

Bed rest, more water, and less salt should somewhat help. Hugs to her!

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