Krystal - posted on 01/03/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )
I am on day 8 after giving birth. In the hospital my BP slowly started to elevate. After 48 hours and release it was 158/90, a little elevated but released me saying to watch my BP at home. This was on Saturday. Monday my BP jumped to 210/109. My OB had me come in immediately. In the office it went down to 168/99. So I was sent home on a low dose of BP meds. By Tuesday night I had a pounding headache my BP was 190/109. I went into the ER where they took my BP at 189/110. After 4 hours in the ER with IV benadryl for the headache and a fluid IV, they sent me home because they said my BP resolved itself at 136/79. My blood pressure meds were raised for home.
Today is Friday and my BP is still measuring around 190/105. I have since quadrupled my meds from the first day. I am to monitor my BP until Sunday. If I am still having high readings then I have to call the on call OB again and they would access what to do then.
Anyone else have something similar? I am so scared I will have a stroke or something else happen. I am tying to get as much rest as possible, but with an 8 day old son, this is almost impossible. I do know from the ER blood work that I have low potassium, and I know that can have an effect on BP, so I have been eating an banana every day to try and help. Any advice? I also still have horrible swelling in my legs, feet, and abdomen.