Third Trimester

How Dangerous is Pre-eclampsia?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I am about 33-weeks pregnant. I've had high blood pressure, in the 130s/50-60s, for a few weeks. At my last doctor appointment it was still high. I went back today because I had a headache and the pressure was right behind my eyes.

They took my blood pressure and it was 142/78, so they hooked me up to a monitor and then did a sonogram and I have to go back tomorrow. They are watching me for pre-eclampsia.

Healthy Weight Gain

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


Dear Fitness Expert,

I have been a gymnast for 10 years, and have been running a gymnastics program for the last 6 years. I just found out I am pregnant. As you can imagine, I have been used to running around and working out a lot. I am very thin, and I am a bit concerned about being able to put on weight.

Everyone tells me to eat milkshakes, fries, and all of the things that I've been trying to avoid for most of my life. Is there a healthier way to go about this? Or should I just start consuming mass quantities of fatty foods?