1. Celeste

    Hi Tori,
    I am 33 weeks pregnant with my first child at 43. I have been diagnosed with a case of “mild” pre-eclampsia. My BP is normal, however, I have +1-+2 protein in urine and +4 pitting edema in my legs/feet. I also developed gestational diabetes and hypothyroidism not to mention a terrible case of carpal tunnel and sleep apnea. I was a size 6 when I began fertility treatment and gained 40 pounds over 6 months. I have been put on moderate bedrest after a few days work-up in the hospital. Again, BP is great but the edema is unbelievably painful and my legs are literally 2x their original size and elevation doesn’t help. Compression stockings help the pain, but the swelling never really abates. Are there any situations in which a diurectic may be prescribed to help with the swelling? Or, is there anything else to be done? Perinatologist is trying to get me to at least 36 weeks, but it’s likely we may have to induce at 34.

    Best Regards, Celeste

    Back to Ask Tori »

Ask Tori!

Ask Tori RN®, by registered nurse and resident author of The Joy of Pregnancy, is a helpful and reassuring resource for parents-to-be.