Lowering the Risk of Toxemia

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Dear Midwife,
Hi. I was hoping you could help me. I am now in the midst of trying for a third child. My last 2 pregnancies were horrible. I had toxemia for both and had to be put on blood pressure pills. Both were emergency c-sections. My last pregnancy was even worse they had to deliver her at 7 months because she was not growing and was showing signs of distress.

We almost lost my little one and I'm scared of what the next outcome may be. People think I'm crazy for trying again but I want just one more. Do you think it's possible to have a normal pregnancy given my history? Any feedback you could offer would be much appreciated.

Thank-you so much for your time,


Hi Lynnie,
I'm assuming that your weight is normal for your height and that you exercise religiously every day, just for openers.Then I would suggest at least 100 grams of lean protein every day (skim not regular milk; lean meats, not Mickey D) and a pristine diet -- the ones for diabetics are actually good for everyone else. Start with & gallon of water each day and increase that as your pregnancy progresses. Sign up for a yoga or Tai Chi or a similar class, or get the video and do it yourself every day. Make a conscious effort to eliminate stress from your life, and RELAX.

If you do all this and you still become toxemic, at least you will know that you did everything humanly possible to prevent a problem, and it was just not to be. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM