My sister was just recently pregnant with her second baby boy, scheduled for her second C-section and for the second time was diagnosed at 30 weeks with preeclampsia. Her symptoms began with severe swelling as well as high blood pressure.
Because of this, she quickly became a high-risk pregnancy, so what did she do?
First, she went straight to her doctor when the swelling began and that’s when her doctor recommended weekly visits every Friday to check on her and baby.
This was to check that baby’s heart rate was good and that the lungs were developing fast enough to be able to deliver at any time. Mama was given a steroid shot to help them develop quicker.
Also, it was to check on mom to make sure she was able to keep carrying baby. At 34 weeks she was put on bed rest to help with the swelling and an attempt to stabilize blood pressure.
Second, she went to her friends and family and asked for help. There is so much that needs to get done before baby arrives and naturally, at 34 weeks, she did not have everything done. She turned to her loved ones to help her complete the tasks that she was unable to do because of her preeclampsia. For example, putting away clothes and diapers, assembling the crib and packing her hospital bag.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help, people are more than willing to help you in your time of need!
Third, play the waiting game. Pay close attention to all of your symptoms and tell your doctor about every single one.
In my sister’s case, at 36 weeks, she woke up with the most painful headache she had ever experienced. This was the day baby came because, for my sister’s safety, she could no longer carry him.
My sister was never scared, and you shouldn’t be either. As long as you have a doctor that you trust and supportive family and friends, you will be in good hands!