I am a nurse and work in a hospital so its easy for me to check my blood pressure....its really low. Its 87/46. I am feeling faint when I stand up or remain standing for a while. I am concerned I will actually pass out! I am drinking really well...adding salt to my food and keeping my blood sugar on an even level.
My midwife says that blood pressure in healthy young females usually 'does' drop but she warned it could drop further but didnt actually give me any advice on how to bring it up! I deal with patients with extremely high blood pressure at work but I very rarely deal with anyone with low BP and so have no idea what to do!!
Anyone else having trouble with their blood pressure?
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Hi hun, I have low blood pressure and when I'm pregnant its like yours and very low and I was fine and didn't faint last pregnancy just had to take it easy when standing up from sitting. Sounds like you're doing all the right things - my dr says keeps hydrated, salt and make sure to get enough iron. xx
the 'normal' ranges of blood pressure dont apply to pregnant women, in fact a 'normal' may in fact be high.
I would continue doing what you are doing -except adding salt. Not good for your kidneys at all.
As above poster said, just be aware of it and take your time moving from lying to standing. When getting up, sit on the edge of the bed for a could of mins before standing and gives time for blood pressure to readjust.
Lower BP is much healthier than high. It is very very common. Mine was that when I was in hospital and no-one batted an eyelid.
Your body will learn to cope with it and then it wont give you as many symptoms. Take care not to get too hot and this also vasodilates - reducing BP further. And stop taking it at work it will only worry you! Nurses!
I am also a nurse and have been having low BP's also. My lowest was 72/40 at which point I was sweating and laying on my tile floor.....just seconds from calling an ambulance. But it finally came up. Since then I have been running SBP high 80's and just sit down when I need to. You could use a cold wash cloth or cold shower to vasoconstrict the blood vessels (but who wants to take a cold shower).Really, there's nothing to help bring it up other than those things as nurses we know to do......stick your head between your knees if you feel like you're going to pass out. Sorry!
My blood pressure dropped around 15 weeks and has been giving me trouble ever since. My SIL said hers lasted for about 4-6 weeks and then resolved itself with her first little one. But still, it isn't fun...it hits me at the most random times during the day and is especially bad if I have been standing up for a while. It figures that if morning sickness is no longer making you miserable, something else as unpleasant is sure to follow :-)
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