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  #1  
October 20th, 2006, 04:14 AM
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Just found out yesterday I had high blood pressure. They are going to check me again in 2 weeks. It makes me worry a little. That could explain why my fingers and feet are swollen. I am pregnant with our first, a baby boy. I would like to join this group.
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October 24th, 2006, 08:07 PM
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Hi! My high BP was found at my 22 week appt. I ended up doing a 24 hr urine which found my kidneys to be spilling protein and thus am being treated as mild pre-eclampsia. I've been on modified bed rest and it helps! My BP has been doing well and protein levels went down. I also had swelling in my hands and face but thats gone down too. I go to the doctors every week to 2 weeks (and high risk drs but there are other issues there) and I monitor my BP at home. You can buy BP monitors at the drug store and thet aren't too expensive if it eases your mind - I know it helps me! So far I haven't needed any BP meds.

I'm also pregnant with our first child (also a boy!) Congrats on your pregnancy and I hope you get good news regarding your BP at your next appt
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October 25th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Hi,
I will look to buy a BP monitor or I have been told I could do it at the pharmacy. I sure need something to ease my mind. I really hope not to need the meds. Congratulations on your pregnancy too. Thanks for answering me. I really appreciate it.
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October 25th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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We bought a reli-on montior from walmart.. it was only $30 so not bad. You pump up the cuff but it has a digital read out of your BP, heart rate, etc. We took it to one of our routine OBs to make sure the readings were on, too. You can get manual ones for less or fully automatic ones for a lot more. I like mine just fine!

I was told I wouldn't go on meds most likely until my BP goes up to the 160s/90s which the drs expect to happen. Right now with the bed rest I've been staying in the 120-130/70s and that past few days I've been in the 130s/80s but I've also been moving around more than I should .
Good luck!
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October 29th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Sorry to jump in here but I was diagnosed with high BP at 30 weeks. I had some of the same symptoms with the swelling. My ankles got huge. They ended up inducing me at 38 weeks because my BP wasnt going down and the doctor didnt want to put me on meds. My BP was around 150/90 and they figured it would be best if I delivered the baby and my BP should have gone down. Boy were they wrong....I was one of the rare ones that had my BP spike to 170/110. They had to put me on meds and I am still taking meds since it is still hovering around 160/100 when i dont take them. The only advice i can give you girls is to try and rest as much as possible and keep your feet up. Good Luck with your pregnancies...it will all be worth it in the end.
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October 31st, 2006, 02:00 PM
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I went back to the doc. today and I am now on medications. I will be checked every 2 weeks until it is settled. When the pharmacist gave me the meds, I started crying. I guess the hormones do not help. Thanks for the advices.
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October 31st, 2006, 02:18 PM
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My BP was a little elevated during almost all of my pregnancy, but got high enough to make my doc worry near mid-second trimester.

I ended up being admitted to the hospital 3 times. All 3 times it was for 3-4 days. Constant fetal monitoring, 24-hour urine tests, etc. The last time I was in they had an automated blood pressure cuff on me for an entire day T_T Got very annoying. Every 15 minutes it would go off - yeesh... lol

They tried Procardia at first, but it didn't make a big difference. I don't remember the 2nd drug they tried because a week after I started it (32 weeks preggo) I had Kaya, so I wasn't exactly on it very long.

I had THE WORST headache in my whole life. Pounding throbbing headache that would not go away with tylonol, and it was so bad that I couldn't even lay down. So my DH took me in to the hospital (I'd only been out of it for 2 days ) and after an ultrasound and some blood pressure tests my doc came in and said we'd be having a baby.

She was worried I'd stroke out.

Screwed up thing was that they kept telling me "Pregnancy Induced Hypertension" the whole pregnancy, and didn't even say the word "Pre-Eclampsia" until the day Kaya was born.

Stupid doctors.
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November 6th, 2006, 01:26 AM
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Hi, my name is Tracy and I thought that I would add my 2 cents worth!! I have suffered hypertension with all of my pregnancies, including this one. I have been medicated since 10 weeks pregnant with my last baby and now this one!! ( I really only came off the meds for 2 months before falling preg again ) With Harry I had protein in my urine as well as blood for the duration of my pregnancy, I was on weekly appts with high risk specialists from around 18 weeks (prior to that I was fortnightly). The docs expected me to only make it to 26 weeks but I surprised them all and made it to 39 - they didn't want to risk it anymore
I also was diagnosed with PIH but when I was induced they called Pre-Eclampsia (funny I know!!)
I like the other girls have a monitor for home and have to keep a record of my readings for the docs. I think that you should learn to be very aware of the signs your body gives when your bp is high and take is seriously, but don't let it stop you from enjoying your pregnancy, as long as you follow docs orders and take it easy you should do ok. BP meds aren't so bad if you end up taking them, they keep you and baby healthy and safe
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November 6th, 2006, 12:12 PM
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Hi Tracy,
Your words really made me feel better.

I really was worry about taking meds while pregnant. At first, it really gave me bad headaches. It is starting to be a little better.
My biggest problem is that I am not much aware of the sign my body gives me when my bp is high, I do need to listen more to my body. All I want is a healthy baby and I know it will all be worth it when I will be holding him.

Can you breastfeed while taking meds for bp...I am taking labetol twice a day.
I hope the answer is yes.

I am seeing my doc. in a week. I will have some more questions for her.
Thanks for you answer.
Nathalie
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November 7th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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To answer your question about taking meds and BFing. I chose to FF and that is when they said they would treat my BP aggressively with Labetolol 3 times a day. I dont think they would have done that if I were BFing but they might be able to give you something else. Definitely something to ask your doctor.
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November 7th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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Hi Tracy,
Your words really made me feel better.

I really was worry about taking meds while pregnant. At first, it really gave me bad headaches. It is starting to be a little better.
My biggest problem is that I am not much aware of the sign my body gives me when my bp is high, I do need to listen more to my body. All I want is a healthy baby and I know it will all be worth it when I will be holding him.

Can you breastfeed while taking meds for bp...I am taking labetol twice a day.
I hope the answer is yes.

I am seeing my doc. in a week. I will have some more questions for her.
Thanks for you answer.
Nathalie[/b]

Hi Natalie,

I breastfeed Harry while still on Aldomet I was on the highest dose 2 x 250mg 3 times a day, and my specialist and paediatrician said all was fine with the meds.

I am not sure of the medication that you are on, but I do know that there are options if your meds don't suit. I changed my meds during my pregnancy because I found that oxyprenol(sp?) gave me major sleep disturbances - this medication was the most commonly used for PIH here in sydney,, so anyway to cut a long story short they changed me to aldomet and all went really well.

I think that now you are aware of your PIH you will learn to know when your blood pressure creeps up, for me I usually get swelling in my hands, headaches, and mostly just a general feeling of unwell - so I usually just check my BP take my meds, drink plenty of h20 and lay down for a bit.

Doctors these days are so on top of pre-eclampsia/PIH that it gives you peace of mind. Now I find that I am so used to the PIH that the docs seem more concerned than I am . I stressed so much when I was pregnant with Harry about everything - my whole pregnancy was one appt after another, one test after another that I forgot to sit back and enjoy it. So I made up my mind this time to just keep track of my bp, take my meds and relax gets tough sometimes when I am busy looking after a 7 month old, but hey life is meant to throw curve balls .

Look after yourself and keep me updated on how everything is going! Its always nice to chat to someone who is having the same probs.

Take Care

Tracy
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November 8th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Hi Tracy,
Your words really made me feel better.

I really was worry about taking meds while pregnant. At first, it really gave me bad headaches. It is starting to be a little better.
My biggest problem is that I am not much aware of the sign my body gives me when my bp is high, I do need to listen more to my body. All I want is a healthy baby and I know it will all be worth it when I will be holding him.

Can you breastfeed while taking meds for bp...I am taking labetol twice a day.
I hope the answer is yes.

I am seeing my doc. in a week. I will have some more questions for her.
Thanks for you answer.
Nathalie[/b]
I'm taking Labetol twice a day too ~ def helping with the swelling but I go back on Friday to check my b/p again. Question for you: Do you feel shaky??? It seems worse when I first take it and then it's better throughout the day. Just wondering.
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November 10th, 2006, 08:29 PM
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I'm taking Labetol twice a day too ~ def helping with the swelling but I go back on Friday to check my b/p again. Question for you: Do you feel shaky??? It seems worse when I first take it and then it's better throughout the day. Just wondering.
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Yeah I do feel a little bit shaky sometimes!! My doc said that sometimes my bp may have dropped too far and that I should lay down, he was very clear that I needed to lay to get it back to normal and not sit. Maybe that will help a little.
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November 11th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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Hi AirForceMom,
I can not say I feel shaky with labetol. Well, maybe a little. I might have noticed something when I am trying to write using the keyboard and my fingers have problems hitting the right key, too shaky. Most of all, it gives me some headaches, a dry mouth and extreme fatigue.

Tracy,
My legs have been so swollen since I am on the b/p meds, maybe it is just a coincidence. I can not wait to see my doc on Monday. I appreciate your support and indeed, it is nice to chat with somebody who has been there.

Thanks for your answers,
Nath
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