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How do midwives and moms handle laboring at home with preeclampsia?

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Is it possible to have preeclampsia and labor at home or is it too dangerous? My blood pressure has suddenly become high and Im 34 weeks with my first baby. I dont have preeclampsia yet but my mom and sis both had it.I am planning to labor at home without a midwife and then deliver in the hospital. I am worried that my blood pressure and possible preeclampsia during labor will hinder this. I just ordered a blood pressure wrist moniter so I know when my blood pressure is too high. Any advice is appreciated.
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by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Thanks for the info. I gave up being a vegetarian for the pregnancy and Im glad I did.


Quoting littlelambe2:

Eat high protein. It may help regulate your bp. 


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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Thank you for the info. How do I know how many grams my meat is?


Quoting GoodyBrook:

 




Quoting littlelambe2:


Eat high protein. It may help regulate your bp. 




 YES!


I was instructed by midwife to eat 1/2 gram of protein for every pound of weight.  For example:  If you weigh 100 pounds, you should eat 50 grams of protein per day, or if you weigh 250 pounds, you should consume 125 grams of protein per day.


 


Also look at supplementing calcium and magnesium.  (I was told this would help stave of pre-e, but I don't have the sources for it--maybe someone else can help here?).


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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Im 34 weeks. The only thing the gyn said was to reduce salt intake. I dont have any proteins in my urine. I think my blood pressure was 133/83. Occasionally i get swelling in my legs/hands. Thanks for the info.


Quoting GoodyBrook:

In my state you risk out of a midwife's care at 140/90.  They are required to take you in for a consult with an OB at that time.


What other signs of pre-e do you have? 


Typically an induction is the route most OBs will go if you are beyond 37 weeks.  Prior to this they will try to treat your high blood pressure with medication until the baby reaches "term." 


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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Thanks for the info. I would think salts of any kind would be bad.


Quoting peaches_04:

Eating Cucumbers



Epsom salt soaks

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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Thats disappointing. I really want to labor at home.


Quoting TTC2Long:

I've always read in birth stories where pre-e is the reason a planned homebirth is moved to the hospital. I'm curious to see what others with more knowledge on this say. :)

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peaches_04
by Platinum Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Water follows salt. So ingesting it will increase your fluid levels. If you soak in epsom salt it pulls the excess fluid from.your skin....or something like that

Quoting Corina1987:

Thanks for the info. I would think salts of any kind would be bad.




Quoting peaches_04:

Eating Cucumbers





Epsom salt soaks

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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Interesting, thanx.


Quoting peaches_04:

Water follows salt. So ingesting it will increase your fluid levels. If you soak in epsom salt it pulls the excess fluid from.your skin....or something like that



Quoting Corina1987:

Thanks for the info. I would think salts of any kind would be bad.






Quoting peaches_04:

Eating Cucumbers







Epsom salt soaks


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peaches_04
by Platinum Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM
Oh and magnesium supplements
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Corina1987
by Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Im pretty sure my prental vitamins have it. I will check,thanx:)


Quoting peaches_04:

Oh and magnesium supplements

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TTC2Long
by Bronze Member on Feb. 24, 2013 at 1:13 AM
I'm no expert! That's just what I've gathered from hearing others' experiences. :)

Quoting Corina1987:

Thats disappointing. I really want to labor at home.




Quoting TTC2Long:

I've always read in birth stories where pre-e is the reason a planned homebirth is moved to the hospital. I'm curious to see what others with more knowledge on this say. :)

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