Latest update from me is that I have an induction date for March 19th!! I'll be 39+2 by then so drs feel it will be time to call it a day although I'm going to be trying my hardest to encourage baby to come a little earlier of its own accord!! I've been told that I will stop taking the methyldopa the minute the baby is born and just continue with the Nifedipine and possibly an alternative medication if I need it. Have also been told that there are various additional drugs I can be given during labour to bring my BP down before they insist on my having an epidural. Hypertension midwife also said that if my BP sticks around its current level (135-145/95-100) it may be fine in labour as usually only goes up a few points. I think they start worrying more around the 160-170/110 mark.
Mine went down in labor, so I wouldn't really be too worried about it. They stopped checking it frequently and went to something like twice a day after a few hours.
Midwife sent me back to the ante-natal day assesment unit after my check was at 140/100, took cookies to bribe the midwifes, which got me a scan for reassurance and very fast test results, but readings stayed between 140/101 and 170/112 so at 8pm I was admitted so they could monitor what happens throwing nifedipine into the mix as 2g methyldopa apparently really is finally the limit. Gave me a splitting headache but hopefully that'll stop after a few days as bp wise it did the job. Hoping to be let out again today.
Hi girls - not had chance to read through verything! I'm currently about 8 weeks pregnant with chronic high bp (controlled by labetelol and I'm probably running at around 135/80) - just have a quick question! I have my first consultant appt next week and just wondering what goes on there and is it worth my OH taking time off work to come with me?
amjon, thanks for your words of reassurance, it's great to know that it's possible for BP to go down in labour!!
dinah- hope you're back home now and headache has eased up. nifedipine is an effective but annoying little drug in my experience- i had lots of headaches with it initially and still get pulse racing/hot flush quite often- for some reason the flush often seems to concentrate itself in my knees- very odd!! Great if your BP has settled though- rest up and take care
mwah- my opinion would be take your other half with you to the consultant appt if you can- just good to have a second pair of ears there as you might be setting up regular monitoring etc. sounds like your BP is pretty well controlled at the mo though so fingers crossed it stays that way!! let us know how you get on
take care all xxx
Hi ladies. Well I'm out, they didn't let me go on Wednesday as shortly after posting my bp swung from 125/92 to 170/112. Nifedipine didn't suit me, ended up on diacodiene to get rid of the headache/migrane, I'm glad you mentioned about the glushes newgirl as I had those too, also I slept REALLY badly, I kept waking with a pounding chest and racing pulse as though I'd had a bad dream or was being chased, and I was so anxious I couldn't get back to sleep.
Yesterday's consultant changed me to Labetolol, so I'm now on 200mcg Labetolol 2x a day and 500mcg Methyldopa 4x a day, as well as 75cg aspirin. I swear if I jumped I'd rattle. Labetolol suits me better, no headaches, has brought the bp down to a good place, but I do seem to get sort of hot pulsing in the muscles of my neck and back, and numbness/tingling in my face and arms. Very odd.
Annoyed that the hospital only gave me 7 days supply though, and no repeat prescription. My doctors is closed until Tuesday as they're moving building, and then I have to try to get an appointment with the busiest doctor there the same day (she's fantastic but always fully booked) to get her to read my hospital notes so she will put the tablet on a repeat prescription for me and I can get it filled by Wednesday.
Hi ladies. Just wanted to pop in and see how everyone is coming along. Newgirl, looks like you only have 2 weeks left, how exciting! Im so glad you have made it this far, cant wait to hear about your LO and to see pictures! Dinah, glad that labatalol is working for you, I hope it keeps your blood pressure under control. Will be nice when this is all behind you both, and I have prayed that you all have a safe rest of your pregnancy and healthy babies arriving soon.
Maddie and I are well. She is 3 months old already! Time sure has flown by and I find myself already thinking about when to do IVF again to try for number 2! Probably not until November, and I hope I dont find myself with the same issues.
Hope you all are well, look forward to hearing more updates as you progress.
Oh Dinah, you must be so frustrated with it all- aghhhhh!!!! Sounds like it's fluctuating so much they don't quite know what to do, really annoying when it seemed like the labetolol was working well
I have this (admittedly completely unsubstantiated) theory that a lot of people's BP might go up and down more than they suspect. My husband has had quite a few turns on my BP machine and whilst his is always annoyingly low it can fluctuate quite a bit really. I've tried to research this and it seems a 10 point fluctuation is acceptable but anything over that might be concerning- I just wonder how far reaching the research is in terms of how many people they have actually monitored over a prolonged period of days/weeks???? Mine definitely has more than a 10 point fluctuation within a couple of hour period at the mo but may be related to some extent to when I take the Nifedipine which is the fastest acting drug I'm on.
Anyway enough of my ramblings, this doesn't help you at all Dinah, what do you think the docs are going to do next? Hope you're managing to keep your spirits up and hope you at least have some silly magazines to keep you occupied. Thinking of you x
W8ing4, Maddie is so adorable, can't believe she is three months already!!! Sounds like you're really enjoying it all if you're thinking of starting the process again Lovely of you to check in on us all, it's really been sooooo helpful for me to have you girls to chat with xxxx
They've sent me home again with the cheery words 'we expect you to be back later in the week so you might as well get some time at home while things are bearable'. I agree with you on the 10 point fluctuation. My medication is all evenly spaced (every 6 hours on methyldopa, every 8 hours on labetalol) but I will commonly have a 15 point fluctuation in any given day - I've even been known to have a 25 point fluctuation within 15 minutes while at the hospital clinic the other day.
Back in hospital, readings have been either over 89 or over 104-108 in the 12 hours since I was admitted, nothing in the middle. I don't quite know what to make of it.
Dinah, I would consider asking them to give you steroids and induce now. I went into the hospital at 26+1 to be evaluated for pre-eclampsia with mildly high reading. (That was on a Tuesday.) By Saturday she had died and I had to be induced to deliver a dead baby. I'd rather have them out early alive than dead later.
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