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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 13:47 PM   1
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High blood pressure and home birth? *update pg.2*


Hi ladies, well my blood pressure has been creeping up over the last couple of weeks. I had a midwife appointment today and it was higher again I've got to go and see my consultant in the morning. They've taken blood to check for pre-eclampsia (I have no other symptoms.)

I'm 36+1 and still working so the midwife has advised me to start maternity leave straight away, which I will.

My question is, will it be safe/approved for me to have a home water birth if my BP remains high?

My hope is that by finishing work, that my BP will come down so all will be ok, but I'm currently looking at my options if this doesn't happen.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 14:19 PM   2
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This was pretty much my situation. My BP had been around 110/70 during pregnancy then suddenly went up to 135/90 at my homebirth booking appointment, but I never had any other symptoms. I had it checked every couple of days after that for two weeks and it gradually came down to 120/80 but the midwives were a bit twitchy about homebirthing for a while. They did say it was completely my choice but that it reduced the range they would allow my BP to go during labour before recommending transfer to hospital.

My BP remained stable throughout labour so there wasn't a problem at all.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 15:03 PM   3
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This was pretty much my situation. My BP had been around 110/70 during pregnancy then suddenly went up to 135/90 at my homebirth booking appointment, but I never had any other symptoms. I had it checked every couple of days after that for two weeks and it gradually came down to 120/80 but the midwives were a bit twitchy about homebirthing for a while. They did say it was completely my choice but that it reduced the range they would allow my BP to go during labour before recommending transfer to hospital.

My BP remained stable throughout labour so there wasn't a problem at all.
Thanks for your reply So did you get your homebirth?

That gives me some hope



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 16:55 PM   4
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Mine was high in my last pregnancy so I haven't had mine taken since 28 weeks. I have also said that I will not allow BP testing in labour.

If you see a consultant, they will probably want to put you under consultant led care and you may find it very difficult to be supported for a home birth. They will class you as 'high risk' for high blood pressure. Hopefully it'll come down once you've finished work and it wont be an issue



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 17:05 PM   5
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Mine was high in my last pregnancy so I haven't had mine taken since 28 weeks. I have also said that I will not allow BP testing in labour.

If you see a consultant, they will probably want to put you under consultant led care and you may find it very difficult to be supported for a home birth. They will class you as 'high risk' for high blood pressure. Hopefully it'll come down once you've finished work and it wont be an issue
Thanks for your reply

I was under consultant care anyway due to fertility treatment but he signed my care over to the midwives a couple of months ago. So I've been referred back to see him tomorrow morning.

I really don't want to be classed as a high risk pregnancy, that's the complete opposite of what I want

I'm really hoping that finishing work will help my blood pressure to go down.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2011, 18:45 PM   6
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Hi Hun, with my ds my bp went up to 150/100 and I was told I could still have a hb. However, I only lived 5 minutes from the hospital then and I am not sure if that is factored into the equation. Fingers crossed for you x



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2011, 00:27 AM   7
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I'm in the same position except I have been told it's too risky. For what, they will not go in to. My BP is relatively controlled 140s/90s usually with meds but I can't see why they can't just up the dose a bit and leave me to it. It's frustrating as there are some risks if looking at it from a study point of view but very rarely they look at your individual case : (



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2011, 00:50 AM   8
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I'm a bit worried about this too. My bp is fine just now but when I was in labour with amelie, it rocketed up and I was given doses of labutamol to bring it down. I was not pre eclamptic and it went back to normal after delivery.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2011, 03:38 AM   9
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Thank you all for your replies, it's nice to know people understand what I'm going through It seems to vary on location as to whether a home birth will be approved. My midwife said that ultimately it's my decision, so I'll just see how my blood pressure is between now and then. My consultant might say something completely different though..

I was awake in the night and ended up in tears thinking of it all, but I'm feeling more positive this morning

I have my consultant in an hour so will update when I'm home.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2011, 04:47 AM   10
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