Blood Pressure Problems

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Naugie - December 22

I am 10 weeks pregnant, and have been on high blood pressure medication since I was 21, I am now 26. My Dr. has recently changed my medication to something safe for pregnancy, but my numbers still tend to be high. Is anyone else on blood pressure medication while pregnant, or have experience complications due to high blood pressure in previous pregnancies?

 

kez - December 22

Try not to worry as you will be monitored closely. I was borderline high bp (no meds) before falling pregnant with my son. (Not overweight, non smoker fit & healthy just bad genetics!) I had pre-eclampsia with him (started rising about 20+weeks and by 35 unable to be controlled with bedrest & medication) He was small for dates, but absolutely healthy and I was fine too! With my second I had the same rise from about 22 weeks and began medication. It rose slowly through the pregnancy and meds were increased, but we had lots of ultrasounds and CTGs to check the size and health of the baby. The second time it only affected me not the growth of my son, because he was born at 38 weeks over 7lbs ( I was initially told he would be a 26 weeker when my bp began to go up again!) This is my third pregnancy and we are trying a new regime to try to prevent it from going up ... early days so I dont know if it is working!

 

Naugie - December 27

Thanks for the information Kez. Keep me updated on your new regime. I am trying not to worry because I know that will only make things worse.

 

Lynn - December 27

Hi! I also have high blood pressure and am 9 weeks pregnant. I had high blood pressure last pregnancy but it wasnt until like 4-5 months into it. This time it came early. They put me on methlydopa 250 mg three times daily. Also, last pregnancy the methlydopa didnt bring it down but like 5-10 points. This time I am taking a prenatal vitamin named duet dha and dha has helped before with high blood pressure and I think thats what is helping mine now but dont know for sure. Last pregnancy ended up being c-section and they had me on medicines iv to help with blood pressure. I am 25 yrs old and wasnt on bp meds before pregnancy.

 

Jbear - December 27

I had high blood pressure during both of my pregnancies. I was on methyldopa during both, and they increased the dosage as needed. During my first pregnancy, I had a lot of extra tests, 24-hour urine, eeg, non-stress tests...you name it, they did it. I had my first baby at 36 weeks because of my blood pressure. They tried to induce labor but I was on magnesium for blood pressure and it keeps the medicines they use to induce from working as well. So I had a c-section and my daughter had to spend 2 weeks in NICU. My second pregnancy, I didn't have all the extra tests. The only extra thing I had was a biophysical profile done in the hospital because there was a day when I was too dizzy to stand up. I had my second daughter by c-section at 37 weeks 3 days, and she didn't have to spend time in NICU.

 

Naugie - December 28

Thanks so much for your responses, I really appreciate them. I went to see my regular Dr. today, and blood pressure was still high 140/92, so he increased my dosage of methyldopa. I am going to hope for the best. I am sure everything will be fine.

 

JK - December 29

Ive been on blood pressure meds since I was 25, am 27 now. Im 19+ weeks and my blood pressure has been great. Im on labetolol. Im hoping it doesnt rise. I dont want to deliver early or be on bed rest. Has anyone had high blood pressure and gone full term with no complications?

 

Lynn - December 29

I had High BP. I was diagnosed at 14 weeks, put on methyldopa 250 mg twice a day. AT 24 weeks we raised that to 3 times a day and at 34 weeks raised it to 500 mg twice a day. I also had gestational diabetes from 28 weeks on. My doctor ordered an induction 1 day past my due date if I hadn't gone by then. I went into labor 5 days before my due date & had her the next afternoon all natural, no bp problems, no painkillers..etc. I was fully prepared to be on bedrest by 30 weeks and be induced early as I thought that would be the outcome with the high blood pressure and gestational diabetes but I ate a diet really high in protein (see "Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Diet" on a Google search) and my pregnancy went well & I felt really good. I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day right up until the day I went into labor.

 

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