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As the subject says, I'm 35w2 days, this is my first pregnancy. My blood pressure's been pretty high my whole pregnancy, my OB told me the appointment before last he might have to induce me a couple weeks early, as it was 137/91, but he said never mind last appointment, as it had gone down to 130/84. I haven't had any protein leakage at all. This morning I woke up and I was REALLY active. I was getting stuff from another apartment, and both apartments are upstairs, so I was up and down stairs probably 35-40 times, in 100 degree weather. I sweated a lot after that so I had a Powerade Zero and some water. After that, I was pretty lazy today. Now I'm experiencing severe swelling in my feet and legs. I swell a lot, but this seems more excessive, to the point where my feet are shiny, and it's pitting. My face and hands are not swollen at all. My right shoulder has been sore, too, and my hand's been going numb & the fingertips will start tingling. I figured it was just from typing too much, but it's been on and off, but I just read it can be a sign of pre-e. I'm still feeling a lot of fetal movement. I'm going to head to the store to check my blood pressure right now, but is this something I should call L&D about, or can I wait to call my OB tomorrow morning?
10th-Jul-2012 10:19 am (UTC)
My blood pressure was normal through my entire pregnancy but I started to swell when I was around 30 weeks. First it was my hands, not enough to notice until I lost the feeling in my fingers which at first I attributed to carpal-tunnel (I'm a hairstylist so I have some symptoms of that anyway and it can be exacerbated by pregnancy). I tried wearing the wrist splints, NOTHING HELPED.

Then around 33 weeks, my feet started to swell and I tried cutting out salt. Nope. I asked my doctor if I should be worried about preeclampsia, but she said that swelling in general is not as much of a worry. That BP and instantaneous swelling along with protein in the urine is.

Well, I was induced at 37.5 weeks due to my blood pressure not stabilizing after a vomitting episode. It would be normal, then high, then normal, high, etc. on complete bedrest in hospital on monitors, so they induced me to avoid me becoming preeclamptic.

My babe was 8lb1oz, and was ready to come anyway. While I wanted to go into labor on my own, I had a very uneventful induction with no complications
10th-Jul-2012 11:15 am (UTC)
Whenever I had massive swelling I followed up with my doctor just to make sure. It sounds like a symptom of just being over active in hot weather, but it never hurts to get checked out. You're most likely to wait till tomorrow - however you know your body best and it's never a bad thing to follow up with medical professionals if you have concerns during pregnancy.
10th-Jul-2012 11:31 am (UTC)
I swelled up in my first pregnancy. I haven't in either subsequent. Being on my feet too long does it. I was always far more swollen on Friday after a week at work, than I was on Monday. My OB said it wasn't a problem if it got better with rest. Pre-e won't.

Go rest and drink a lot of fluids. Dehydration can cause you to spill protein too.
11th-Jul-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Second the no PowerAde. If it's anything like Gatorade it's packed full of sodium and should be avoided.

Put your feet up and drink a glass of water. I'd probably do this for an hour and if I don't see any relief in my swelling of my legs, I'd call the oncall doc at your practice and ask for advice.

(I have upper calf and ankle swelling on days that I'm in the car too long, on my feet too long or sitting leaning forward too long. It goes away after 8 hours of sleeping and sometimes even after an hour of having my legs up. Doc says not to worry about it as long as it's gone by morning. Full disclosure - I get leg swelling when I'm not eating well and exercising when I'm not pregnant also and my bp isn't optimal. My meds were just upped as a matter of fact. I'm 24w 3 d)
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