thread: High Blood Pressure

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    Debbie Lee Guest

    High Blood Pressure

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to start up a thread that discusses high blood pressure in pregnancy and if anyone has found any sucessful ways of getting it down.

    As some of you may know, at my first appointment at the hospital, my blood pressure was a little high. I have had a history of it going up and down (usually with my weight) and, because of that, I am ineligable for shared care. I have been put into the "High Risk category so I have to go through the Doctors at the hospital until we get it under control.
    I have been told that there is medication that I can take during pregnancy for the high blood pressure and it is completely safe. I am hoping it doesn't go that far but at least I know it can be controlled if needs be.
    The last 3 months, I have been doing little or no exercise and haven't been eating extremely well because of morning sickness (all day sickness, night time sickness etc.). When I get home from work, I am so tired that all I want to do is flake on the couch. It all sounds like excuses (and I am really good at those) but I honestly don't have the energy.
    Anyway, today is the day that I am going to force myself to go on a walk. I am not going to overdo it but at least go around the block to start off with. I have been told not to do anything more strenuous than walking for the moment because I haven't done anything for such a long time. I just hope I don't need to hurl in someone's front yard! Urrgh!
    So yeah, just wanting to know if anyone else suffers/suffered from high blood pressure in their pregnancy and what they did to help it etc. ?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Apr 2004

    Hi Debbie,

    I have not had any BP problems thus far with my current pg. One of the factors that contributed to the loss of my first little girl, however, was a severe case of pre-eclampsia, so my BP is a major concern for me this time round.

    Just to briefly explain a bit....I had never had issues with my BP prior to my first pg and I cruised through the pg with my BP staying stable at 115/70. However, just before I got to 36w, my daughter became quite ill & it was decided that she would be delivered by emergency c/s. When I arrived at the hospital for the c/s, a routine BP check gave an extremely high reading & with subsequent checks it only continued to rise. A urine check detected protein & it was confirmed that I had been struck with a sudden, severe case of pre-eclampsia. My BP continued to rise to dangerous levels & there was a race on to try & lower them before they could take me in for the c/s. In the end, they ran out of time and just had to take me as my daughter's condition was rapidly deteriorating. By the time they got me to surgery for the c/s, my BP was sitting around 200/120.

    Georgia was delivered and as is mostly the case with pre-eclampsia, my BP dropped to a more reasonable level as soon as she was delivered. It didn't go back to normal however, and while it was more reasonable, it was still elevated so I had to take BP medication. I took the tablets for a couple of weeks and once my levels had been reduced a bit further by the tablets, I stopped taking them and just concentrated on diet & exercise in an effort to get my BP back to my pre PE levels. I managed to get it back down & for the most part, it stayed fairly stable (with a few weird jumps here & there). Since finding out that I am pg again, I have been watching my levels like a hawk & they have actually been the best they have been since before my first pg.

    I know my experience is somewhat different to yours & I'm sorry to have gone on a bit, but I wanted to let you know that I understand where you are coming from. While the chances are I won't have a reoccurence of the PE, I will be watching my BP very closely during this pg. I actually have an appointment tomorrow to see the Renal Specialist who treated me for the PE back in March. I am hoping to continue seeing her throughout this pg so I know everything is under control. I will let you know what she says about the BP issues...

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    Debbie Lee Guest

    Thanks for sharing your story Becc. You didn't go on too much at all!
    I just want to make myself as aware as possible about the possible risks with having high BP to keep myself informed. I am pretty scared about having a still birth as there is a history of them in the family and I just want to do all I can to make sure that the still births ended with the previous generation! No more!
    Will look forward to hearing how you go with the Renal Specialist. I wish you all the best for the rest of this pregnancy. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. It must have been very hard.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Apr 2004

    Hi again Debbie!

    Yep, losing Georgia was definitely the hardest thing I have ever gone through (and am still going through) but I will get there .

    I think it's great that you are keeping yourself informed. I can understand how you would be scared but I am sure all will go well with this little bubba as it sounds like you are doing everything right!

    The appointment with the Renal Specialist went well. She is a lovely lady - very professional & from what I understand, somewhat of an expert in her field. Her appointment book is actually booked solid until June next year so I was really lucky to see her. She gave me her mobile number and told me to just ring her & she will squeeze me in when I need an appointment!

    My BP was great & my urine sample was clear which was a relief. I asked her about the whole BP issue & if there was anything I could be doing to keep it down. She said that there is nothing further she would recommend for me other than what I am already doing - exercising, not smoking, not drinking alcohol, not drinking caffeine. She seems to think that because my BP went back to normal between PG's, I should be ok.

    So most of that is easy. The only difficult part will be keeping up the exercise. I know you are already finding it difficult to find the motivation to exercise & believe me, I remember and understand that feeling! Give me another month or two & I will be the same! I think even if you can just manage a walk around the block, like you said though, you are off to a good start.

    Anyway, best of luck! I will be keeping track of your pregnancy & will be keen to hear how everything is going .

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    kirsty Guest

    I know this is a bit after you asked but have only just seen your post. While PG it is safe to take "Aldomet". I was on it during both my PG's & my OB has said that it is what I will go back on while PG if I need it. Hope this helps some.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2003

    I know this is kinda an old thread but just wanted to see if those who ahve high blood pressure could tell me a few of there symptoms, same as those with low blood pressure..

    im a little worried about mine, yesterday i walked down to the front gate and got a pulsating feeling in my arms then on the way back i almost fainted.. and then today i was just getting dressed and brushing my teeth and when i sat down i could feel the pulsating again and then my hands started to feel very weird, its all calmed down now and i have an appointment later today where i'll mention this, also theres beena drop in babys movements..

    if anyone has any sistuations to shar id gladly hear them

    take care

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    Custardtart Guest


    Hi Lesley,
    if you feel dizzy or any other sensations related to blood pressure then it is more likely that your pressure is low rather than high. One of the dangers of high BP is that there ARE no warning signs before something drastic happens.

    Do mention it to your doctor/obs, but I wouldn't be overly worried. Try to keep your fluid levels up and your blood sugar stable - eat regularly! That's the best thing you can do, and regular exercise.

    I've had high BP since the birth of my first child, during labour my BP went hideously high, something like 200/150 and I was fortunate not to lose the baby. It has always been a little high since, and seems to be unaffected by diet or exercise so I guess it's genetic, and set off by the first pregnancy.

    It's been at a high-but-barely-acceptable level for the last seven years, and as soon as I got pregnant again it spiked so I'm on Aldomet to see me through the pregnancy, which brings it down to tolerable levels. Apart from getting it measured, there is no way I can tell that it is high. My general health and fitness levels are very good.