NEW 10wks and put on BP Med????

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Re: NEW 10wks and put on BP Med????

Post by julievilaa » Tue Jun 11, 2013 06:53 am

Thanks Ladies. My OB put me on Methyldopa 250mg taking 1 every 12hrs. It has been looking better the last few days.

Re: NEW 10wks and put on BP Med????

Post by sam10 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 09:46 pm

Hello and welcome,
If you have HB during pregnancy, does not mean that you have it outside of pregnancy. If you have elevated BP before 20 weeks gestation, it is referred to as chronic, even if you don't have it outside of pregnancy (yes, I know, confusing). If you start out with elevated pressures in your first trimester, your risk of developing PE is higher, but it does not mean it needs to happen. This would be called superimposed PE. Only 25% of women who are considered chronics will develop superimposed preeclampsia. Here is a previous thread: on that topic viewtopic.php?f=12&t=45643&p=353968&hilit=superimposed#p353968

The good thing is that your doctor is diligent and takes your BP seriously. Medication might help to get your BP under control and stable, which is important. There are medications that are safe during pregnancy, and the benefit of taking it outweighs the risk of running around with pressures that are too high. Uncontrolled high BP during pregnancy can have health risks for both baby and mom.What has your doctor prescribed?
Unfortunately, alternative methods like diets (low sodium) and similar have not proven to be all that helpful for hypertension during pregnancy. One of my doctors has explained to me that HB during pregnancy is a totally different category of HB than outside of pregnancy. Also, the thresholds (what is considered high) are different.
You might want to take your BP regularly to keep an eye on it. Keeping a log of your readings that you can share with your doctor/nurse will help them to manage your care better (there is a free app for smartphones from which you can directly email your numbers to your doc). Take it a couple times a day (morning/evening) - and not much more often (I know myself that one can go crazy with those machines).

There are some posters here who are chronics and might have some good advice for you. I am sure somebody will stop by and share their wisdom.

Congratulations on your pregnancy. :D

Re: NEW 10wks and put on BP Med????

Post by iralu1 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 09:39 pm

Hi Julie,

From what my perinatologist told me, high bp can eventually lead to preeclampsia so best to get it under control. I was told I had borderline high bp all throughout my first and second trimesters and I was diagnosed with severe pre-e at 26 weeks 5 days. There are other factors that lead to pre-e but why not minimize as many of them if possible? If your high blood pressure is related to a stressful job or situation it's probably a good time to re-evaluate. It is really not worth running the risk of pre-e.

You might not develop pre-e at all during this pregnancy but the high blood pressure itself is a concern because it can lead to risk for complications such as placental abruption. If you want a second opinion I would ask to see a perinatologist. Good luck!


NEW 10wks and put on BP Med????

Post by julievilaa » Fri Jun 07, 2013 03:55 pm

Hi, I'm Julie. A lady from my fertility website suggested I join the PE forums. My story is quick. I had a pefect 1st pregnancy in 2007 when I was 37. I've been going through IVF treatments for over a year now, I'm 44 now. We are finally pg and I'm 10w3d today. My OB put me on a low dose med to see if that will bring my pressure back to normal. I had been asked the last few doc appts (not at the OB office) if I ever had HB so I began to wonder, (I've never had it before). I started taking it at home with my husband's machine and it was reading high like 140/90. I lowered my sodium for the past couple of days and it has been all over the place from 127/90 to as low as 118/83. I took all my reading into my OB, he said he would rather go ahead and put me on medication. I've been reading the moderators welcome stories and man am I scared now. Does this mean I will eventually get Pre - E since I'm having problems already?