My name is Sara and I am 38 weeks pregnant. This is my second pregnancy and it has been straight out miserable. My first pregnancy was a breeze. The only complications I had was the typical swelling in the feet, tiredness and morning sickness maybe 4 times and that was it, and besides that my daughter made every test known to man go off including down syndrome but everything turned out fine and she was delivered by c-section after turned head-down and breeched 3 times! It may sound stressful but it honestly wasn't.
This pregnancy has been awful. Not only am I under a lot of stress because I lost my home due to Hurricane Sandy and have been displaced, but this pregnancy has been awful and terrible on my body. I am constantly tired more than normal and way more than the first but I blame this on possibly being a college student and full time mom. I have had low iron but not too low. I have had EXTREME pain in my lower abdomen, more so when waking up in the morning which I blame on just the weight of the baby putting pressure on my pelvic bone. Around 20 weeks to maybe 30 weeks, I experienced numbness in my whole right thigh that no doctor could diagnose but I know its because of probably where the baby was positioned. I no longer feel the numbness which is great but I have a whole different set of problems now.
About 4 weeks ago, my blood pressure started elevating and has remained high ever since about 160/99 or 160/87 etc but still generally high and they told me to watch for signs of preeclampsyia which I did. Next, I had swelling in my hands and feet but nothing major until about a week later my right foot swelled way more than my left and started spreading up my leg. They still were not worried and kept sending me home. Yesterday, I had went to the hospital because I was concerned and they had found trace of protein in my urine which made them transport me to another hospital by ambulance where they stuck me 8 times with needles to get blood and do their tests just to send me home and tell me to wait until i am 39 weeks. Today, I had my doctors appointment and now my protein in my urine is up to +1 and still they are sending me back home.... I am beyond upset and feel my doctors are not taking proper care of me and they told me "If I wanted to, I could go to the OB triage" but they never "instructed" me to do so. It seems my care is up to me... and I am beyond upset. Anyone experience this and preeclampsyia? I am worried for my safety because I am a pretty heavy girl and do not want any complications as far as my breathing to happen or anythng to happen to the baby. :(