I started to suffer from pregnancy induced high blood pressure suddenly at 36+ weeks and have been monitored by midwife and hospital since. Readings have been between 125/90 and 140/104. No protein in urine and normally my bp is low.
I was just wondering if that will affect my labour or has anybody been induced in UK due to similar readings? I have asked few times, but they just seem to say oh, we will just monitor you and start medication if needed. But is there a point to start medication for bp at this late? I am now 38+5.
It does seem quite late to think about starting you on meds. I don't know the differences in the UK as I'm in Australia but I'm being induced this Saturday for the exact same reason. I'll be 37+5.
I've been closely monitored with my hypertension since 27 weeks (had 5 days in hospital) and have been on medication since then. Started out with Methyldopa which were increased as needed and also added in Adalat after a couple of weeks. I had weekly bloods and urine (no signs of pre-e thank goodness) and also had weekly scans to check fluid levels, which were a little on the low side. Even though bubs is fine, she's keen to get him out at term to make sure we don't get to the pre-e stage.
I'm happy and excited to be induced this weekend. Am already 2cm, favourable and engaged (so my obs told me last thursday). My biggest fear is if I have to have the oxytocin drip as I don't think I'll cope well with the 0-100 increase in pain. I'm hoping that she'll be able to take other methods to get him to come. She's also said that due to my BP I'll probably get an epidural soon into labour anyway.
Hi, I started getting similar readings to yours from around 35 weeks and was admitted for about 3 days to hospital. As I had no protein in my urine I was put on medication and discharged from hospital. My waters went on their own and I had my little girl at 40+3 by emergency c-sec due to PROM and fetal distress.
Not sure if that helps at all x x
Quick Edit: Forgot to mention, once I had been discharged from hospital I was having weekly appointments with my midwife until delivery
Hello. I had PIH too which set in from about 34 weeks. I had monitoring weekly, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week. I sometimes had +1 of protein in urine but generally none.
My hospital's guide to me was that a bottom number over 100 is when they get 'interested'. And a consistently over 100 number at that. The top number was less important but anything over 140 was of interest.
The plan was to give me drugs to control the BP if it was consistently high (it never was), but there were many many women in the hospital ward (staying in for weeks at a time) due to high BP, just being monitored and having their daily drugs.
My labour was planned to be induced at 40 weeks as the PE signs got worse towards the end. But my waters browk at 38+5 so I was induced with the drip earlier.
I had many scans during my pregnancy and my baby was due to be almost 9lbs at birth, but he was 6-2 and very skinny. All bone. He didn't breastfeed well and was very fatigued and was a little bit like a preemie IMO. I had a scan the day I gave birth which, compared to a scan I had 2 weeks earlier, showed my baby had 'lost weight' around his tummy in that time. IMO, my placenta stopped working efficiently and the babys growth suffered. and I blame that on the high BP and the fact that I didn't slow down enough as I was still doing the nursery up, shoping for last minute things and decorating/cleaning the house/trying to see people.
You are very near the end now. If I were in your position now I would ask for a scan to see if all is well. Are they monitoring your placenta at each check too? If not, ask for this. Its just a special doppler. Having said that, they always told me mine was fine but IMO it was not.
I would also start psyching yourself up for an induction. I wasn't at all prepared for one (I was your typical 'I have done NCT classes and will therefore be having the natural birth in the pool please with my whale music cd on' birth) but of course this did not happen and I was very disappointed.
i had high BP with my DS, from about 32 weeks it was a nightmare. every few days i would be admitted to hospital for observation then obviously because you sat there doing nothing for 48 hrs it would go down so i would be discharged then a few days later straight back in.
i was 40+3 days when i had my son because of the high BP i had to have him on the 'labour ward' or high risk ward and was kept under constant observation, i cant remeber the numbers but i know the top number got to over 180 when it did that they brought in a doctor and told me i HAD to have an epidural to bring the BP down as the pain from my contractions was making bp far too high, because i had the epidural they then induced me too.
i didnt want an epidural but then again i didnt want the c section i ended up having either. i think the best thing if you have any complications is to leave your 'birth plan' at home and just completely go with the flow and whatever the experts think is best do it!
to be fair it was pretty scary and awful and not what i wanted but all said and done it was ok in the end and thats what matters
Hi. i started to get high blood pressure at same stage oas yourself. the monitored me every 2-3 days and at my term appointment my blood pressure was 160/104 so they just induced me. they didnt see the point in starting me on any meds as i was full term. good luck!
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