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    I'm posting in confusion and frustration at how this could happen again.

    My sil is approx 30 weeks preg with her 2nd child. This morning i found out she has been admitted to hospital with high blood pressure & high protien i her urine.

    Looking back at her previous preg she was admitted at approx 26 weeks with the same symptoms and her son was born at 27 + days. The outcome to this was not a good one, my nephew was in nicu for 10 months was finally allowed home on oxygen, unfortunately suffered a few bugs and passed away at 14 months old.

    After finding this news out this morning i had a search in this medical conditions thread and found the link from BellyBelly about a dr's research involving nutrition and pregnancy. My sil's diet is not the best and she is extremely picky, i think the only veg she eats is potato (have a feeling i could be corrected on even calling this a veg).

    I don't know what i'm trying to get across here other than venting my frustations at this happening again. She has chosen private care with this preg and her blood pressure has been very closely monitored. But apart from checking this i wonder what else the dr was doing to try and prevent this happening again. If there is anything. In the back of my mind when this happened the first time i wondered about her diet being a possibility but never knew any different.

    She is a very stubborn girl and not the type of person i feel i could mention her diet to without offending. But it just makes me wonder the toll her diet is taking on her body and even more so when she is pregannt.

    I'm not sure if i'm making a lot of assumptions here and i'm definately not trying to come across in an acussing manner but i am frustated. I wish she could want to help herself a bit more by caring for herself better. The last thing i want to see is her and my brother go through the process they (and we as a family) did this previous 2 years.

    So sorry, don't know what i'm asking for here but just had to get it out.

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    Thinking of her, and hoping for the best outcome.
    xxx

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    Even though diet may play a part, it doesn't always. I was a pretty fit and healthy pregnant lady and i got PE. My diet is pretty good. Sure i have the odd bit of crap, but mostly homemade good healthy stuff.

    PE is really a bit of an unknown. It is a range of symptoms that lead to eclampsia. Some women have all the symptoms, some just have a few. It isn't really known what causes it, although it is often suggested that poor diet is related. Another suggestion is a reaction to your partners DNA.

    Don't be too hard on her. I imagine she must be feeling a little anxious about being in there again.


    P.S. Lets have coffee.

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    i'll join you both for a cofee and a chat

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    Thanks girls, thanks for your input Falguni i know eclampsia such an 'unknown' so scary when it causes such issues and premiture birth.

    It's just so furstrating as to why this should happen again, they've been through enough already. And maybe me in my naivety is assuming that everything can be fixed with a bit more awareness and prevention processes. I know that's not the case but i'd love it if it was.

    My other thought is that some bodies and pregnancy just don't mix and maybe her body is one of those. I feel for her and my brother so much.

    But after what they have been through they are such strong amazing people, taking the positives out of everything that has been placed in their path and are confident in what may happen in the next few weeks.

    I recived an update this morning though and she was in a local public hospital (had private care for the birth not to cover anthing like this) last night and possibly going to be there for quite some time. But she had vomiting and headaches over night so she has been transferred to Monash (she knows that place sooooo well) and i'm sure there are many mixed feelings about being there.

    So we'll she how she goes now. She's 5 weeks further than she was with my nephew and that's a lot in growth terms.

    Thanks girls i hope i don't sound like a nasty sil because i'm not trying to be in any way, i'm just frustrated

    Would love to catch up for coffee, not sure if we'll fit it in before Chirstmas though. Early next year maybe? How much longer have you got in Aus Falguni?

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    You don't sound like a nasty SIL, just a concerned one who wants the best for her family.

    Early Jan sounds good. I'm living in Frank's town at the moment.

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    Just letting you know i have a new neice!! All is well so far, she was 1370grams & 42cm long. I hope to go in tomorrow for a visit. Thanks again for listening to my concerns xoxo

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    Congratulations to you, your SIL and your bro.

    I hope your new neice grows stronger and stronger by the day.

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    Wow, that is great baby baking considering the gestation. My DD was born at 31+3 and weighed 1180 grams.

    Congratulations, I hope the NICU / SCBU stay is short and sweet as can be.

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    congratulations! x

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    Thank you ladies, as far as i'm aware so far she's doing really well. Even let out a cry when she was born!!! I'm going to go and see her today so i can't wait, i only wish i could say i'm going to have hugs. That will happen in time i'm sure

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    congrats

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    Hi
    Congrats on the arrival of your niece. Hoping everything is going well.

    Just wanted to say on PET - I have had it in 2 pregnancies and am preg again - I choose to see a private dr for this reason too and am monitored closely. There is NOTHING they can do to prevent the onset. There is lots of research with lots of explanations but no-one actually knows. I am overweight so a likely contributor to me getting it, I had to have c-sections both times - emergency with my first because of my bp at 36wks and was in hospital for a bit before having a c-section at 35 - 5 with my twins because of bp they had to deliver. But then my sister is TINY and has had PET in all 4 of her pregnancies. She gave birth at 28wk ,30wks,31wks and 34wks. Although they were all so little and early, they are all healthy children now 9,7,3 and 6mths of age.
    We are completely different physically but have both had it in all pregnancies so far (her Dr told her it could be hereditary!)

    Who knows! I was told alot of the time those who get it in their first preg won't get it in their second, yet we both did . Here's hoping I don't in my third preg but again, who knows!

    Sorry - going off track here.... your SIL wouldn't have been able to prevent getting PET and hoping everything's ok for her your niece and your family!!!

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    congrats on the birth of your niece...hows she doing now?? hope all is well xxx

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    Congrats on the birth of your niece. I hope that her stay in NICU/SC is a short one.

    I developed PE right at the end of my pregnancy. I had my 40 week check up on the Monday and there were no signs at that time. I went into labour on the Wednesday and went in to have my contractions monitored and lo and behold I had severe PE. I am a fit and healthy person who eats really well and is not overweight. I agree with what Owens5 said - there may be a hereditary link. My younger sister gave birth at 24+4 weeks due to severe PE. Again she is fit, healthy, not overweight and eats well.

    It is one of the great unknown diseases... lets hope that someday they do find out what causes it as it is such a horrible thing to have for both the mum and the bubs particularly when they have to arrive so early.

    Janie xxx

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    owens5 Congrats on the new bubba coming, i really wish you all the best with the preg and hope that the dredded PET is not a factor in this one My goodness you dealing with it twice and your poor sister having to deal with it 4 times. It's such a terrible thing and so frustrating that it's such an unknown when it can have such serious complications on both the mother and the baby. I am so happy to hear that between you and your sister you have 7 (i think i calculated that right) healthy children. You are blessed

    My SIL was also told that it was unlikely she would get it in the second pregnancy and something about it being more unlikely with the same partner also In memory of my nephew i'm going to donate to the Pre-ecplamsia association in Victoria each Birthday and Christmas and hope one day they will have some answers for you all.

    For my SIL her son was born at 27+? because he was no longer growing. With her daughter she was still doing ok in the tummy it was my SIL that was extremely unwell and my niece was born at 29+1. Thankfully my niece is doing an absolutely amazing job of growing (she is being guided by her big brother for sure ) she was transferred from the intensive NICU after only 2 weeks and is currently at our local hospital doing fantasticly. She's 2kg, tolerating her feeds so well and even having some boobie time here and there. It's such a wonderful feeling to see the progress and her doing everything that we were hoping and praying her big brother would do. I'm just so excited to think my brother and his partner will have their little bubba home soon and that they will get to be parents and live the life they have dreamed of.

    My niece is 1 month old today!!

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    My boys - FANTASTIC to hear you niece is doing so well. She surely is being guided by her brother

    (and thanks for the well wishes)


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