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July 9th, 2007, 02:18 PM
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I went to the store today and tested my blood pressure on the machine.. It was pretty close to what I measured at the doctor's office, which is a little high.. Thursday is my next appointment with the OB/GYN. I know he will want to schedule an induction which I'll have to fight him on. (All inductions are done at 41 weeks according to him.) So the last thing I need is to give him a reason..

My question is what is really normal about blood pressure in pregnancy? In your own opinion, what is too high and why?
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July 9th, 2007, 08:01 PM
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I'm not an expert, but it makes sense that your bp will rise as you get further along. You're pumping blood for two, have an increase in blood volume, carrying around a lot of extra weight, etc. Mine crept up a bit at the end but it was still in the normal range. Eclampsia is obviously a problem, I just don't have the expertise to say where the line is drawn.
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July 9th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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my midwife wants me to keep the bottom number under 80 to make sure i stay away from Pre-E. she even has me on a 90 GRAM a day protein diet to help with that!!

it's nuts!
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July 9th, 2007, 09:42 PM
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140/80 are the numbers they like to see it stay under. If its near that, or higher, its best to rest, drink some water, lay back, take it again, relax some more, lay on your left side, etc .

Eat a diet high in protein - 75 grams a day minimum - in studies of women who followed a high protein diet like that they had ZERO occurance of pre-E/toxemia.

You can still refuse the induction though

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I was induced with my first because of Pre-E. The Dr's never mentioned a diet change, just lay down, relax, etc. I talked to a midwife and she said the diet change almost always fixes the problem, which frustrates me SO MUCh because the Drs never even mentioned such a thing and it was a miserable birth for me because of the induction and worrying about him being early. (36 Weeks) So, I'd say, try the diet and see if it clears things up. Inductions are NO FUN!!!!!! I'm sticking with midwives from now on. I'm not sure if many of these Dr's actually care about me and the baby more than keeping their time schedule and not getting sued. Those seem to be their priorities. And I've tried quite a few different ones over 4 pregnancies!
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July 10th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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my midwife wants me to keep the bottom number under 80 to make sure i stay away from Pre-E. she even has me on a 90 GRAM a day protein diet to help with that!!

it's nuts![/b]
Nuts.. protein..

Actually I really appreicate that! I'll start boiling some eggs, eating more trail mix and having meat.

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140/80 are the numbers they like to see it stay under. If its near that, or higher, its best to rest, drink some water, lay back, take it again, relax some more, lay on your left side, etc .

Eat a diet high in protein - 75 grams a day minimum - in studies of women who followed a high protein diet like that they had ZERO occurance of pre-E/toxemia.

You can still refuse the induction though

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I really appreicate your advice here too!

My stationary bike's batteries need replacing.. and have needed replacing for a bit. I watch tv while sitting on that bike. I payed a lot more attention to my work out and realized I think I've been very guilty of slacking off. So I concentrated on mantaining a more steady rate, not too much, but a little sweat too and I could already tell the difference. I'm just going to eat and rest now. I want those numbers down for Thursday. I'll eat more protein in the meantime. I keep reading about how much extra blood we have at this stage so I just want to make sure things are normal as they can be for a 10 month pregnant woman, kinda what Mistaya was saying. I appreicate being able to bounce off ideas on you ladies. Thanks a million.
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July 10th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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I was induced with my first because of Pre-E. The Dr's never mentioned a diet change, just lay down, relax, etc. I talked to a midwife and she said the diet change almost always fixes the problem, which frustrates me SO MUCh because the Drs never even mentioned such a thing and it was a miserable birth for me because of the induction and worrying about him being early. (36 Weeks) So, I'd say, try the diet and see if it clears things up. Inductions are NO FUN!!!!!! I'm sticking with midwives from now on. I'm not sure if many of these Dr's actually care about me and the baby more than keeping their time schedule and not getting sued. Those seem to be their priorities. And I've tried quite a few different ones over 4 pregnancies![/b]
That's why I had to ask. I know my doctor's advice isn't going to help me either! Drugs, drugs and more drugs will be his solution.
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July 10th, 2007, 01:42 PM
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one way i added protein without eating too much more was a protein shake. the 100% whey protein from the health food store (i like the vanilla kind) it has 20G of protein per scoop - so i'd have a little yogurt, some ice, some fruit and two scoops of protein and that would get me about 50G of protein all at once.

and i figured with my other food during the day i was at 90. HTH

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July 10th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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Thats a great idea!
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July 11th, 2007, 10:56 AM
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I had this same problem at the end of my pg. As long as your protein levels in your urine aren't elevated its not that hard to take care of with diet and rest. You will be surprised how much lower your bp will be from laying on your left side! If you lay on your left when you rest it helps so much!
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July 12th, 2007, 03:10 PM
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Well, my blood pressure was 150 over 80. He said he wasn't worried about the 80 number until it gets to 90 but felt 150 was too high and I should check it more.

He was pretty easy going but my swab came back positive! (I'll start a different thread for that.)
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