Having issues with high BP

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/16/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Yes, I know I should ask a doctor as well, and I am doing that next week. But I figure I can shoot this to the crowd and see what I get.



So to give you all a background I am genetically predisposed to prehypertension. When I was in my 3rd trimester with my 2nd daughter last year my OBGYN suggested I have NSTs (non stress tests) once a week because all through my pregnancy my diastolic (low number) was 100 or more even at rest. I had to have my baby 2 weeks early because my diastolic was at 104 at rest and during my labour it went to 220 and I nearly had a stroke delivering my baby.



Well it's been a year and I've lost 50lbs since giving birth (usually part of the issue with high BP is weight, but not so in my case) and I've been eatting healthy (also part of high BP but again not in my case) I checked my BP at my MILs last week and my low number was 101 at REST again!



Now I'm hoping it's because she hasn't had the BP monitor calibrated (my grandma has her own monitor and she takes it to her dr once a month to get it calibrated so I knew when I had it taken there it was accurate) and not something fun like my thyroid acting up again (it's been so good since I've been breastfeeding and on low hormone birth control!) But still I'm open to suggestions.

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Jenny - posted on 03/20/2012

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UGH..I have been dealing with HBP for years despite being an appropriate weight for my frame, being relatively healthy and a runner. I have only recently derived that it's probably from hormones in my case. I am going in the next few weeks to see an Endocrinologist and see if I can get some answers. Wish I had some better wisdom for you but I would suggest watching and documenting what you eat, drink, exercise, sleep and pressures for a few months to see if there is a pattern. Best of luck to you!

Amber - posted on 03/17/2012

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I might be able to help you, I helped my partners BP without meds but you have to know that it does take time. If you would like more info, contact me and I can give you specific amounts of what supplements to take. I should tell you that I am studying to be a holistic nutritional consultant so I have done a lot of research on the matter. Here is my email if you would like help. yourhealthysol@aol.com

Pamela - posted on 03/17/2012

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One of the BEST cures for high blood pressure is deep breathing. The kind taught in yoga and other disciplines.



Here is an example for you: In 2007 I was hit by a pick-up truck while crossing the street in Thailand. I was struck so hard that it threw me into the air and I landed on the truck's hood. The driver backed up throwing me off and took off. Yes....a hit and run. I was blessed in that many people heard and saw what happened and came to my aid immediately. However, I also immediately began deep breathing as a reaction to calm myself. I continued deep breathing for a long time, over an hour until the souls who had accompanied me to the hospital told me that the reason they wouldn't release me from the emergency room was because my blood pressure was low.



I realized that I had been deep breathing for so long I had lowered it myself, so I stopped the deep breathing and it came up and I was released. Yes, I did suffer from the hit as I sustained a cracked pelvis. Deep breathing also helped me endure that pain along with medication.



My Mother suffered from HBP for years and years, taking medication. Because I do deep breathing a lot, my blood pressure runs on the low side, quite contrary to my Mom's.



Learn to deep breathe on a regular basis and see what happens. The Hawaiian breath is 15 counts in, hold 5 counts and 15 counts out....starting with the exhalation. It took me a while to get that pattern down, but now that I have it it really works for calming any stressful situation.



DEEP BREATHING IS THE CURE for high blood pressure. TRY IT and SEE!!!

Liz - posted on 03/16/2012

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I used to have diastolic hypertension and after some sleuthing discovered that it was triggered in a major way by my intake of both salt and carbonated (diet) drinks. After cutting both of those dramatically, things evened out and now I come in at 120/80 or a bit less, despite still being obese. It's a bit of a time bomb now though and I need to get that weight off before the BP comes back to bite me in the ass.



Very scary to hear your BP during labor and I'm glad that you came through it okay. Let's hope that they figure out the right dosage of meds for you and that things get back to normal. Good luck.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/16/2012

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Oh, boy, Megan, that's scary! I'm the opposite, so low, they think I'm dying half the time.



Just keep us posted. My son was diagnosed with hypertension, but it ended up being situational...every time he'd go to the hospital for a treatment his BP would skyrocket...10 minutes later, at the pharmacy machine, he'd be fine.



They may not have wanted to upset you right at the birth, but you'd have think they'd have mentioned it at the very least!



Just keep us posted. And keep after them to figure it out. Oh, and watch out for the meds. Everyone I know has had a really hard time getting the meds adjusted to the correct levels.



I'll pray for ya!

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Lita - posted on 03/21/2012

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what caused me to have my both kids preemies was the pre-eclampsia (pregnancy induced hypertension). With my oldest, the OB caught me by surprised when he ordered me to go to the hospital right away after my 7 weeks check up. I went there, checked in, was taken for non stress and my BP was 200/120

They didn't let me go home that day. It was a Friday as I remember and on Monday, our son was born at 8 weeks early 4 lbs 4 oz, 17.5 inches long.



My OB was against my second pregnancy because of the history of pre-e. But I got pregnant anyway. Went for USG every month, took everything easy (as IF that would be easy with a toddler in the house) until at 5 month of pregnancy, they took me in to the hospital for bedrest. just in time for my mom to came and helped out with my 3 yrs old. Even with 5 weeks of bedrest -depending on the mercy of the hospital TV and tons of books (serious note: avoid watching SuperNanny or Nanny 911 or the like at this moment..they could raise your murderous mood!), our girl was born 7 weeks early at 4 lbs 2 oz .

I developed full blown hypertension after that second pregnancy, which every doctors caring for me (OB, endocrinologist and GP) were predicting.



So with our history of PIH, you might already developed the full blown HBP without even realizing it.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/18/2012

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Shelly, that's why I'm on a low hormone BC. The funny thing is when I went to get my physical done for my permanent resident Visa (I moved to Canada a few months ago from the US) my low number was in the 80's and I was at least 20lbs heavier than I am now. So now I am convinced it's my MIL's BP machine. But only a trip to the clinic will tell.

Shelly - posted on 03/18/2012

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My BP just went up at the end of my pregnancies b/c of the increase of estrogen in your body - had to be induced w/ both babies b/c the OB was worried about the possibility of having a stroke - can't be on "regular" birth control pills for the same reason - too much estrogen in them, makes my BP skyrocket

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/16/2012

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I don't know. My mom didn't tell me until this year. The nurses did have me deliver before I was fully dialated. and one nurse who was there when I gave birth told me she was happy I was ok and that everyone was looking at the BP.



My mom does tend to exagerate though. But I do know I nearly had a stroke.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/16/2012

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WOWZA! Why didn't the doctors tell you? That is very shady.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 03/16/2012

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Thanks and I know! Shit my mom didn't even tell me until last month that I nearly died giving birth- nice eh?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/16/2012

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I have no idea. That is scary shit though. I just want to wish you luck, and let us know what happens!

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