K.R. asks from Plano, IL on February 18, 2008
Preeclampsia? - Plano,IL
So I am 8 weeks pregnant with my second child. My 7 month old son was born in July 3 weeks early due to me having preeclampsia. My first pregnancy was not very good start to finish (even after having my son). I had a lot of problems was on bed rest...blah blah blah. Now with the second one it hasn't started off so great and I am just nervous of this being another miserable 9 months for me. I am ten times sicker with this pregnancy. The doctor perscribed Zofran (with doesn't help) then told me I could take 1/2 a tablet of unisom (sleep aid) and 50mg of B6 and all that does it make me tired and knocks me out. I also had spotting and they found a "vanishing twin" and I have to take it easy. I am always hungry but there is very few things I can tolerate to eat. Everything I liked before I got pregnant I either can't stand to look at or makes me sick when I eat it and everything that I can eat doesn't "fill" me up. I also started having really bad headaches this week (which I had with my first) I take tylenol but it doesn't help.
I was border line eclampsia with my first and ended up staying in the hospital 4 days after he was born and I wasn't "fine" until about two weeks after he was born. So it took a big toll on me and I am just afraid that it is going to happen again. I am already depending on family right now to help take care of my son every day my husband works and I just can't enjoy him and it makes me sad...
Anyone else had preeclampsia with the first and the second (i know it is normally in the first)?
J. answers from Chicago on February 19, 2008
Wow, those babies are close together. No wonder you're tired! I don't have any useful advice but I wanted to wish you good luck, and urge you to take all the help from friends and family that they can provide, and don't feel guilty about it! I hope the second trimester brings a little rest and relief for you.
A.B. answers from Dallas on February 20, 2008
I haven't had preeclempsia, but I do have some experience with nausea. One thing that helps that no one ever mentions for nausea is benadryl. I know it sounds weird but it does help. A lot. Talk to your doctor, I've always used the liquid for help with this the times I've needed it pregnant and with my kids when I just can't get them to stop throwing up any other way. Anyway, it's on my approved for pregnancy list so I just use it now without asking, but some doctors use different lists so talk to yours first in case it might be bad for some other reason
S.M. answers from Chicago on February 19, 2008
Hi, I had preeclampsia with the first and found out I was pregnant with our second when our daughter was 7 months old - I was about 5 weeks along. Anyways, I did not have preeclampsia the second time around. I was told that it wasn't likely that I'd have the preeclampsia for the second pregnancy. Good Luck to you and rest as much as possible.
C.K. answers from Chicago on February 19, 2008
no experience with preclampsia or eclampsia. HOwever I am experienced with miserable pregnancies. My first was horrendous, however I really miss it this time around because I could take naps and rest when I needed to. This time, Im currently 32 wks, and my son is 17mos, Im Exhausted. I found out I was pregnant when he was 11mos and have been sooooo sick this whole time. This time you will get used to it though because you are so busy with your son, you won't have any time to even think about being pregnant or really how you are feeling. I lost all of my baby weight with this one in the first 4 months...26lbs, and have only gained back 14 so far. Be ready to be on your feet a lot this time. I'd love to tell you to sit back and try to enjoy the pregnancy, however I think it didn't even sink in till about three weeks ago that I'd better get focused and get the nursery etc. ready because I deliver early, and it's comming up fast. I have no idea where the 9 months have gone, but I've barely noticed that IM pregnant, other than fleeting moments of recognizing that I feel awful.
Plain Eggo waffles every two hours seem to keep the vomiting at bay. Small grazing meals with very little flavor or anything to them seem to help me. I also take Unisom at night, and was taking Zoforan during the day, though I found it caused my migraines to get worse, and I'd rather throw up a few times than sit around with a migraine for two days. There is really nothing you can take other than the B6 and Tylenol and the pain is going to be there. The hard part is now you have a little one counting on you which means your pains will usually be ignored. Trust me, as time goes on you won't even realize they are there cause you'll be too busy chasing your little one, who will probably be mobile very soon. i hate to be a downer, and wish I could spin you a story of flowers and butterflies, but I fear that I would be blowing smoke. You will get through it, and you will be fine in the end with two beauiful babies. At least the end result is worth all of this torture.
C.U. answers from Chicago on February 19, 2008
From my experience, I had preeclampsia with the first, but not the 2nd....and they were both HARD pregnancies.
M.P. answers from Chicago on February 20, 2008
I had preeclampsia with my first. I was also sick as a dog with both. I tried the same things you did. The prescription knocked me out. I couldn't take it with my second because I had a 7 month old to take care of. I wish I had some good advice for you. Hang in there! I did not have the preeclampsia with the second and it was soooo different and much better!