Monday, November 30, 2015

33 Weeks Pregnant & Showing Early Signs Of Pre-Eclampsia

Preeclampsia as defined by the Mayo Clinic website -

"Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman whose blood pressure had been normal. Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both you and your baby. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is delivery of your baby."

While no one really knows what causes the issue what they do know is it can be a very dangerous condition, both for mom and baby which is why I am having a hard time swallowing this...verdict so to speak. My last appointment with my midwife was last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and I was about 32 weeks and 2 days along into my fourth pregnancy. Since the start of my pregnancy I have had trace amounts of protein in my urine, and it really hasn't been a huge deal but at this last appointment my Hemoglobin was increased (from 12.2 at 12 weeks to 13.8 at 32 weeks) and the "trace" amounts of protein in my urine have increased as well, leading my midwife to think I might be showing early signs of preeclampsia. My midwife and I are trying to solve this issue with a high protein diet first, since I had gastric bypass five years ago my protein intake has been...lacking to say the least. I am lucky to get 30-40 grams of protein in a day so you can imagine how difficult it is to get in 130 grams a day, but I am pushing through trying as best I can in hopes it will help.

Now, the one thing you have to realize is I am a stubborn person and while I want things done my way and according to my plans I will adjust if I need to in order to protect my baby or myself. We are planning a no intervention home birth this time around as you might have read in an earlier update. So, far this pregnancy we have had no blood work, ultrasounds, or other routine tests done, other than checking my glucose and hemoglobin. I guess you could say I was testing myself with this pregnancy, after all the good Lord has blessed us with this child and I want to trust that he will take care of this child and so we set out on the journey of letting God's will to be done, at least until last Wednesday, in which case I began doubting. Doubting God was enough, doubting he had a plan, and trying to take things into my own hands.

It wasn't until this past Sunday that I felt a peace about the situation, while I am still scared of the results and outcomes that I could possibly face I know there is a reason I am going through this at this point in time and God has it under control. As a human it is hard to sit back and wait on God, and trust in Him as well, especially when His plan might not be the same as yours. This is one of those moments. My plan is a home water birth with no interventions and medical establishment, but if diagnosed with preeclampsia then my plan is shot and I will be transferring my care and the baby's care to the local hospital.

I suppose the reason for this post was to reach out to anyone who might have experienced this before in hopes of getting some insight and advice, or to provide hope to those who might be going through the same thing right now. Pregnancy can be stressful enough on a woman without the added stress of something like this, but in the end healthy babies are the goal and healthy moms as well, so I suppose we will continue to do what is necessary in order to have successful outcomes for both.

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