by evansmom (144 Posts), Fri Jan 09, 2004 06:22 am
Like you my BPs were all over the place towards the end of my first pregnancy. I was put on Aldomet at 29 wks. I never developed protein, but did have swelling and hyperreflexia. Anyway, my pressures always seemed controlled at home but usually @ the doctor they went up as high as 170/100 -- even with meds. I don't know if anxiety played a part, or it was the physical exertion ( I was on bed rest at home, and always took my pressure lying on my left side, as ordered). I too was worried about labor, but surprisingly my BPs were normal. I know the anesthesiologist told me having an epidural would lower my BP, and my doctor put me on mag sulfate. (The surprise came a day after delivery, after my pressure had been about 130/80 when it shot back up again to 180/100. I left the hospital on different bp meds.) I don't know if you were considering an epidural, but if lowere bp is a positive side effect, its worth talking to your doctor about. Good Luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
Lauren - 27