Any high BP mommies- I have a question!

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  1. JaydensMommy1

    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    Well it is fair to say I have high Bp thanks to basically all my ancestors. I usually run 140s to 80- low 90. When I lay down however in like 116/70. It drives me nuts because I feel like I always need to be laying down.

    Anyways, I was put on lebatolol 100mg 2x daily and was doing well on that. Not huge huge improvements but improvement none the less. At the dr I would be 130/80 etc. Same when I laid down however. Now in the second trimester my dr took me off my mess because he said usually in second tri blood pressure goes down. My first son I had the same high Bp with no complications but I feel weird going off these meds this time around.. I feel like I am going to hurt my baby.. But doctors know what they seedling, right??

    Has this happened to anyone- and what are you other high bp mommies getting as a reading?
     
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    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    To add- not on Bp meds with first
     
  3. MamaHeather

    MamaHeather Well-Known Member

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    Hi! 8)

    I was diagnosed with chronic bp at 11 weeks, when my pressures were always around 155/115, unmedicated. I was put on Labetalol but it made me feel soooo sick. I was switched to Adalat XL 30mg twice a day. Now my pressures are usually 135-145/85-95. Sometimes they spike and my diastolic goes up and over 100, in which case I'm hospitalized.

    When I lay down, I get a huuuuge headache and the room spins. Quite the gross feeling.

    I hope you feel better soon!
     
  4. JaydensMommy1

    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow! Is it only pregnancy hypertension? Thanks for the response! Have you done the 24 hr urine too?
     
  5. NawlinsMama

    NawlinsMama Mummy to 1, due Nov 27

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    Hey!

    I'm in this sucky boat too!

    My BP is normally around 150/98, so I was on meds before my BFP. I got changed to Aldomet when I found out, but that gave me severe chest pains so I switched to Labetalol (200mg 2x a day). I took Labetalol with DD anyway, so I knew it worked well for me.

    I have never heard of them taking you off meds during the 2nd tri. In fact, I thought it was likely that your BP would go UP as pregnancy progressed? I would ask for another opinion, or, at the very least, monitor your pressure constantly at home and call in at the first sign of trouble.

    And I also got the 24-hour pee test treatment - lovely, isn't it? Hubby calls it my "apple juice jar." :haha:
     
  6. JaydensMommy1

    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    Lol I know, so bad. I fill up two of those god awful containers because I drink so much water! Haha. Well I did ask another doctor and he said that as our bodies get used to excess amount of blood our veins relax and therefore lowers bp. I looked online and confirmed. He said I am still in normal ranged and that I'll be monitored every week to watch, and during the third trimester I'll most likely be placed again.

    I'm going crazy because I feel like it's safer to be on meds. Oh well I guess they know what they are doing or at least I hope!
     
  7. MamaHeather

    MamaHeather Well-Known Member

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    This time, it's chronic, as my pressures were high before pregnancy, I was just always told I had "White Coat Syndrome". :S If you have high bp issues before 20 weeks they consider it chronic, or essential hypertension.

    I have done a few of the 24 hour urine tests. Haha, gross, hey? They told me to store it in the fridge to keep it cool and I just couldn't!! The basement steps it was!

    The reason why your pressures drop in the 2nd trimester is because of the extra hormones (progesterone?) in your system. It relaxes the blood vessels. My pressures were much less labile in the second trimester.

    I was just hospitalized for a bp spike. When it regulated, they withheld my medication since they didn't want me to bottom out. I was without my meds for 24 hours when my obgyn came on call, and my pressures went crazy! They spiked without the meds, and I was hooked up to an IV and even given steroids to mature baby's lungs just in case they had to deliver. My obgyn was NOT impressed. You can't just STOP giving a hypertensive patient their meds!! All worked out and I am now at home on bedrest at 30 weeks. My next goal is 32 weeks. I see my Dr weekly now and have ultrasounds every two weeks.

    Here's to big, fat healthy babies with healthy moms! 8)
     
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    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    I thought the same and I def have white coat hypertension!! I just had an ultrasound and the baby is measuring 4 days bigger so luckily no iugr from high Bp! How are things now for you? I appreciate your response!!
     
  9. DaisyBee

    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    I have high bp (thank you mom!) - typical is 130-140 over 80's -low 90's. Drs didnt want to put me on meds during pregnancy - they all said we'll watch it and see what happens as yes it goes lower during 2nd tri. It kept creeping up slowly - but I dont think it helped they all had me so worried about it constantly! By Sept (was due dec 23) I was having visits every week & by October it was 2X a week for monitoring of the baby. I had ultrasounds every week to check fluid levels but only growth ultrasounds at 34 & 36+6. The day of that 2nd growth ultrasound they wanted to induce me as it had showed she hadnt grown at all between the 2 scans. So I went in that night & after 12 hrs ripening cervix time they started pitocin. Megan was born that evening.... and weighed 5 lbs 14oz - (they had guessed 4 1/2 -5 lbs at the most). THey did say my placenta was small and that was because of the bp. But Megan was not considered iugr (growth restricted) and I have been told since her birth that if that last ultrasound had been more accurate they probably would not have induced me. I didnt have p.e. but my bp then was creeping up to 160/100's. They had decided when it was going higher in 3rd tri that they would not put me on meds as the baby had gotten used to higher bp - and so lowering it could affect her even more than the high bp.

    I wasnt put on bedrest - but they wanted me to stop working - so I did (in sept). They wanted me to take it easy, spend quite a bit of time laying down specifically on my left side. Also - no salt at all.

    :hugs: Good luck to you ladies - I know its scary w/ the high bp - but Megan was fine - she's beautiful.
     
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    I just had my ultrasound yesterday, and baby is almost 3lbs, but in the 15th percentile. Three weeks ago he was in the 30th. Now the specialist wants to see me in two weeks to make sure that he isn't growth restricted. I am hoping he just hasn't had a growth spurt lately. I have been eating everything I see, so hopefully he grows and catches up!

    Still on bedrest and trying to enjoy my last pregnancy! My obgyn said conceiving again would be like "dodging bullets". Yoikes.
     
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    MamaHeather Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the encouraging post! I love reading them! 8)
     
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    I have the same thing, my BP was somewhat high after 25 weeks like 140/90. Well it spiked on Thursday night and it was 180/92.. then it went back down to like 150/90's. Now i'm in the hospital cause i wasn't really following bed rest at home obviously with my bp all over. It's been great here and I should probably go home tonight after my 24 hour urine. I gotta be careful though. I have two more weeks to go until they most likely induce. Is it possible to have high bp and not pre eclampsia??
     
  13. DaisyBee

    DaisyBee Mom of 2

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    Yes its possible - i had high bp but not p.e. - they did 24 hour urine tests & I even was tested while in labor - & never had protein, swelling, vision issues, etc.

    Good luck :hugs:
     
  14. MamaHeather

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    Yep!

    The way my obgyn explained it was that there are three types of high bp:

    1) chronic hypertension: a preexisting condition. You can have this, but not the other two bp conditions. BUT if you have this, you can still develop the other two conditions. Condition remains after pregnancy.

    2) pregnancy-induced hypertension: diagnosed after 20 weeks (I think). Doesn't neccessarily become Pre-e, but can. I had this with my first (at 34 weeks) and was induced at 38 weeks. Symptoms usually go away after pregnancy.

    3) Pre-E: the scary one. Monitored carefully.

    After I got out of the hospital 2 weeks ago, I started strict bedrest and had to stop my dayhome. It's been super boring, but hey! Baby is still in! It's just for a short while now. We can do it! 8)
     
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    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    Daisybee- thank you for sharing your story! I am glad your adorable lil one was ok! I was induced too or high bp with first and I think I like that rather than waiting spontaneously for it to happen because like you i worry. What happened once you delivered still high readings?

    Mamaheather- I do the same to haha. I think only thing getting bigger is my butt. Why didthe doctor say like dodging bullets? Seems though you are doing ok? Bedrest sucks huh? I had it for a week and was miserable always laying on my side I thought I was going to get bedsores! How is it going?
     
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    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    And Becky- my first I has high Bp and no pre e! Fingers crossed for you hun
     
  17. MamaHeather

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    I think she was referring to me having another baby - it would not be recommended. (Its okay, I will have three!) My hips kind of hurt lately, maybe I am not rotating enough? :p
     
  18. MamaHeather

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    ps: My due date for this baby is Aug. 12, the same as your little one! 8)
     
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    JaydensMommy1 Well-Known Member

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    Aww yay!! I love my summer baby! Congrats to you! And oh gosh my hips are absolutely killing me already!! It hurts so much. What so you do for it?
     
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    Hehe, I complain a lot. And try to rotate from side to side. Sleeping with a pillow between my knees seems to help too. 8)
     

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