High Blood Pressure

Heather - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Any one dealing with or dealt with High Blood Pressure during pregnancy? Do you have any tips for getting it to go down?

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Candace - posted on 01/20/2009

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I too had high blood pressure into my pregnancy! And I was induced on my due date due to my high blood pressure. During my labor I was put on a magnesium drip to keep my blood pressure down and it did, and 24 hours after Carter was born it was removed. It was then that I started having major panic attacks and severe anxiety andit was very scary for me and I have never experienced anything like it before. For two weeks I begged every doctor to help me that I was not right and something was very wrong. I was told it was hormones and that it would get better. Then thankfully someone at my OBGYN told me I had a magnesium deficiency and that it was all chemical and that I should go to the health food store and buy magnesium citrate and take it (1 gram) a day. I did I within two days was back to my normal self. I latter learned the lengthy list of symptoms caused by a magnesium deficiency such as: high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and a lot more. I realize that I did have a mag deficiency into my pregnancy and wish I would have known about this before I have birth so I could have avoided all these problems.
I hope I am not just another woman sharing her horror story. Everything else about having a baby for me has been wonderful and the beauty of it all completely out ways the hardship. Adjusting to motherhood is consuming enough without dealing with unnessasary problems so please ask your doctor if you can take some additional magnesium to help lower you blood pressure, or look up what foods contain higher amounts of magnesium and eat lots of them. I wish I would have. They can test your blood for mag levels but that does not tell how much is in your cells so there is no way to tell that I know of but please talk to your doctor about it.

User - posted on 01/19/2009

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I too had high blood pressure while pregnant...the last thing you want to do is exercise! I wasn't even allowed to walk my dog! Feet up above your heart. Only get up to go to the washroom...high bp is serious stuff that can really harm your unborn baby!



They induced 2 weeks early for me...bp went back down to normal!



Good luck!

Clarissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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I  had very high blood pressure when i was pregnant and my doctor told me after i got off work to lay on my  side. At breaks at work i would go lay on a bench in our locker room on my side to drop it ,  if u start seeing dots or little splotches on your eye site its getting to high so u need to lay on your side   i hope this helps

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Hope - posted on 03/29/2011

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Before I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia, I had high bloodpressure in my 3rd trimester. Often my numbers were 130 over 90. I was seeing my obgyns and a midwife. My midwife suggested a low-fat; low-sodium diet, plenty of veggies and fruit with healthy low-fat proteins. I also ate watermellon and drank my 8 glasses of water. My numbers went down to 130 over 85 and 129 over 80 for a while. However, my family has a history of preeclampsia and highbloodpressure. I was put on bedrest for about a month when my numbers began to rise again. @ 37wks I had sudden hand and face-swelling and was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and induced for labor the same day. The drs did tell me that my diet-change to low fat and low sodium (no: pizza; chinese; soups; no fast foods; no fried foods; no processed or premade foods; low-sodium salad dressing even etc.) All of the above did help in lowering my bloodpressure even for a few more weeks. I also had to monitor my bloodpressure at home with an electric bloodpressure monitor, which was a good record for my obgyns. Hope this helps you some.

Karen - posted on 08/29/2010

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I had high blood pressure when i was pregnant with my first son, all the way through my pregnancy, then two weeks before he was due. I was diagnosed with pre eclampsia. So i was induced immediatly because of how high my toxin levels were in my urine. I dont really know what tips to give, but have appreciated reading the tips others have given, and will be more prepared for my second child.

Clarissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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I  had very high blood pressure when i was pregnant and my doctor told me after i got off work to lay on my  side. At breaks at work i would go lay on a bench in our locker room on my side to drop it ,  if u start seeing dots or little splotches on your eye site its getting to high so u need to lay on your side   i hope this helps

Clarissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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I  had very high blood pressure when i was pregnant and my doctor told me after i got off work to lay on my  side. At breaks at work i would go lay on a bench in our locker room on my side to drop it ,  if u start seeing dots or little splotches on your eye site its getting to high so u need to lay on your side   i hope this helps

Karlee - posted on 01/20/2009

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My name is Karlee, I have a two year old epileptic son who had brain surgery, Im now 27 weeks pregnant , and my husband and i are having marital problems as well as other issues have come up during this pregnancy. As ive been going in for my prenatal check-ups i noticed that my blood pressure has been in the hypertensive range being a cna and all. My doctor isnt  to concerned about the issue for the time being. however what im saying is to watch yourself and take your life stress into account but do not let them stress you out more would be my advice.

Virginia - posted on 01/20/2009

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Avoid salt as much as possible & make sure your dr is checking your urine regularly

Nicole - posted on 01/20/2009

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Listen to your Dr., Relax and rest as much as possible (feet up) Do not over do it!!

Brittany - posted on 01/20/2009

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Make sure your doctor knows!  I developed preeclamsia while I was pregnant with my twins and spent 2 weeks on hospital bedrest and was induced at 35 weeks, you don't want to mess around with high blood pressure!

Ann - posted on 01/20/2009

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I had high Bp before getting pregnant and they can give you medication that wont hurt the baby if it is getting out of control.  But exercise is really good during pregnancy, not anything like jazzercise or running but walking or yoga are great , but please get checked often as preeclampsia is VERY serious for you and the baby, and going in me and the doc were sure I was going to end up with it but I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy and worked oput the whole way through!  Good luck!

Heather - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thanks for all the suggestions... I'm only 17 weeks. I've got a long way to go!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Heather,



Amanda here, i had preeclampsia with my baby girl, (first pregnancy), she arrived 11weeks Premature and 986grams my blood pressure was 200/110 i blew up like a balloon. i can only stress to you see you doctor for regular testing for protein in your urine ,put your feet up, get plenty of sleep, drink heaps of water and try not to stress. cause it can come on fast.



try anything thats is relaxing, can't hurt, take care.

Paddy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Heather:

High Blood Pressure

Any one dealing with or dealt with High Blood Pressure during pregnancy? Do you have any tips for getting it to go down?



I had high blood pressure and found that it elevated when I went in for a check up.  I always asked to be allowed time to lie on my side and relax, use some relaxation techniques then have them take the pressure.  With my first I ended up in the hospital for a week before he was born but after I learned this I had two more without having to be hospitalized.

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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Lot's of rest and keep your feet elevated higher than your heart when you are resting. I was on bedrest for 3 weeks before my son was born and it was August so the heat didn't help my fluid retention brought on by high blood pressure. Good Luck!

User - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi I had high blood pressure with my second child and agree with Cheryl. Exercise even brisk walking is key. Eating healthy when you can is helpful and my doctor had recommended bananas and grapes. Good luck!!!

Cheryl - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi Heather,



      My name is Cheryl, I am a mother of a 3month old boy and also a nurse. During my pregnancy my blood pressure was really closely monitored and rose towards the end and I was enduced 2weeks early. The biggest concern with high blood pressure during pregnancy is preeclampsia. Monitor the amount of salt you are taking in, elevate legs (esp if the are starting to swell) drink plenty of water, exercise (esp things like yoga) try to limit stress (which I know is really hard esp if you are working while pregnant) lying on your left side.  I'm sure your OB/GYN will be keeping an eye on if you have protein in your urine and if your pressure gets too high they may put you on bedrest for the remainder of your pregnancy. Hope some of that helps, and good luck!

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