My pregnancy first scare

Being pregnant adds a whole new meaning to a lupus scare. It’s not just you you’re looking after.

I woke up one morning and took my socks off. They weren’t very tight socks, but they had left big indents and my legs were very swollen. I had suspected a little swelling over the course of a few days, but didn’t think anything of it really.

But when I noticed it in the morning, it threw me off a little bit. With my past kidney involvement with lupus, I know that when my legs are swollen, it’s not normally in the morning. In the morning, your feet have been up all night, so not too swollen. So my concerns forced me to call my doctor, just to be safe.

I was expecting a response of “that’s pretty normal, just keep an eye on it.” The nurse called me back and asked several questions. One was asking if I had been getting headaches. Headaches are something I have gotten since I found out I was pregnant, so I had to say yes. They also asked if the baby had been moving. It had been, but after I got off the phone, I started freaking myself out, thinking it hadn’t been as much. They said they wanted me to come in for evaluation that day and made an appointment.

This was not the response I was expecting. It made me pretty nervous, actually. They obviously had heard something to make them a little concerned. I got there, they did a urine test and I talked to the doctor. He calmed me down a lot, saying that they were just taking precaution and it was probably nothing. This doctor also said that with lupus and pregnancy, it’s not a matter of if you will develop preeclampsia, it’s when.

After a urine test and some preeclampsia labs, everything turned out fine. I just had some swollen pregnancy legs. Phew!

Kristie Bauer

About the Author:

Kristie Bauer is a long-time Lupus Foundation of Minnesota supporter, Walk/5K attendee and volunteer and founder of the Leaf for Lupus event fundraiser. Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17 and now 26, she and her husband Pete were exploring the possibilities of starting a family, but Kristie was frustrated with the lack of information available regarding pregnancy and lupus. As she LIVES this big milestone, she’s graciously agreed to share her personal story.
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  1. Pallavi Singh  January 9, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Kristie. I am a Lupus patient and currently 36 weeks pregnant. Your blogs make me feel so positive and excited for the baby. There are days when I get really worried for the baby. Hoping everything turns out fine 🙂

    • Kristie Bauer  January 16, 2017

      Hi Pallavi!

      It’s natural for any mom to worry towards the end of the pregnancy (even without Lupus). I was worried that I wouldn’t have the energy and strength to take care of a baby. I was worried that I wouldn’t know what to do. But reality is, you won’t know how to do everything, and that’s ok. Things change when you’re a mom and you find the strength to do what you need to do for your child. I’ve had a couple flare ups since Kevin was born about 3 years ago and we have all survived just fine! Make sure to lean on helpers when needed and stay positive.

      Good luck in your last weeks of your pregnancy. If I know anything about Lupus patients, is they are so strong! You’ll be great!

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