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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 14:47 PM   1
Sarah Lou 80
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Low blood pressure....can anything be done?!


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I'm having a fairly rough week with feeling shaky and a bit dizzy. I mentioned it to mymidwife a few weeks ago at my 16 week appointment and she said it was probably because my blood pressure was on the low side and that was quite normal. This week it's gotten worse. I've been off work for a couple of days as I'm scared I'm going to pass out. I'm on my feet a lot at work and have been getting tired very quickly, so throwing dizziness into the mix, makes me not want to be there even though I'm feeling incredibly guilty about it!!

Anyways, just wondered if there were any pearls of wisdom from any other preggo ladies out there?!



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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 14:57 PM   2
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Hi all

I'm having a fairly rough week with feeling shaky and a bit dizzy. I mentioned it to mymidwife a few weeks ago at my 16 week appointment and she said it was probably because my blood pressure was on the low side and that was quite normal. This week it's gotten worse. I've been off work for a couple of days as I'm scared I'm going to pass out. I'm on my feet a lot at work and have been getting tired very quickly, so throwing dizziness into the mix, makes me not want to be there even though I'm feeling incredibly guilty about it!!

Anyways, just wondered if there were any pearls of wisdom from any other preggo ladies out there?!
I had this problem around 9-12 weeks and my usual tendancy is low bp. I take fanta/7 up with salt but not the sugar free fanta or spoonful sugar and pinch of salt in glass of cold water. I add fresh lime or lemon juice and black salt. I get better in 10 mins. Drink lots of fluids.

Hope you feel better.

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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 14:58 PM   3
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Ohh, I just posted about this on another board!

I have really low blood pressure too and its awful. I get dizzy and exhausted a lot and have other symptoms like racing heart, fainting spells, etc. My doctor said she would only worry if I had high blood pressure... but I don't fully trust her opinion!! It's so hard to get anything done because I am so exhausted and breathless some days. I definitely can't exercise no matter how hard I try, I just end up passing out and feeling sick after.

Even walking is hard sometimes. =( I'm worried I'll end up in bad shape and won't be able to get fit again after. Not to mention, the feeling terrible all the time part isn't fun either...

Sorry, I wish I knew the answer! I hope someone does.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 15:10 PM   4
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I also have low BP... mine is still considered to be in the normal range. However PG makes me shaky and dizzy and I do black out. Last PG it lasted all the way through as I was making sure to eat so healthy. This time I am eating chips and bacon and other salty foods. I would rather have an extra 3-5 lbs to take off later than feel like that again. BLT's are one of my favorites this PG with extra bacon. I've only had one shaky feel like I am going to black out time this PG. My BP is still in the low normal range.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 15:12 PM   5
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I've had low bp in all 3 of my pregnancies and it does improve after 25ish weeks, as that is the time when your baby's heart starts taking over most of the work and doesn't rely on yours as much. Sit often(I fainted once at 18 weeks sitting down but was luckily at the gp's and a midwife was there-my bp was 70/55) drink lots of fluids, uptake your sodium and listen to your body as soon as you feel faint, sit or lay down. If I was standing talking to someone and felt faint, I would excuse myself and ask if we could sit.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 15:15 PM   6
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I have had this almost all my pregnancy an all the doctors told me I can do is drink lots and lots of water and rest as much as possible



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 15:16 PM   7
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My blood pressure is low anyway even when not pregnant so it's even worse when I am.

I find that eating small meals rather than big meals helps. Drinking lots of water. Don't have caffeine and have a little more salt in your diet. Support socks can also help.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2012, 15:22 PM   8
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I also have low BP... mine is still considered to be in the normal range. However PG makes me shaky and dizzy and I do black out. Last PG it lasted all the way through as I was making sure to eat so healthy. This time I am eating chips and bacon and other salty foods. I would rather have an extra 3-5 lbs to take off later than feel like that again. BLT's are one of my favorites this PG with extra bacon. I've only had one shaky feel like I am going to black out time this PG. My BP is still in the low normal range.
I also normally have low but normal BP and I've also found the unhealthy foods end up making me feel better. Strange but true! I was also told by my dr they are happier with low BP than high.

When I was in labor with my son, my BP bottomed out and I felt so out of it! I had nurses and doctors running in and pushing this and giving me that. After a while, I overheard a nurse saying "ok, nothing to worry about now." So apparently for a bit, they were worried but other than them fluttering around me, I wasn't aware of anything. Me and my son ended up just fine.
After the delivery, when the nurses would wake me up to check my vitals during my hospital stay, my bp averaged 70 something / 40 something. They didn't seem too concerned.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 01:59 AM   9
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Thanks for all your replies ladies. I'm definitely relieved that my bp is low rather than high!

I'm going to try a few things out - starting with a bacon sandwich I reckon!!!



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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 17:54 PM   10
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I also had extremely low blood pressure in first trimester averaging 40/85. I up'd my salt intake and had a cup of decaf coffee when it felt low...lots of water and move slowly. Never lie on your back and stick to sleeping on your sides.



 
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