by evansmom (144 Posts), Thu Jan 22, 2004 06:13 pm
When I was preg. with my son, my BP shot up to 170/100 @ 29 weeks. My doctor put me on bedrest AND meds (aldomet 500mg 2x day). At first I was upset, since a lot of my research suggested that they first try to manage PIH (I didn't have protein, but severe swelling) with bedrest first. My doctor reassured me that since I developed PIH (my diagnosis was later changed to chronic hbp - never resolved postpartum) so early and with such severe hbp, meds were crucial. INow I am so thankful for his decision! I went full term (37 1/2 weeks) without developing true pre-e or any other major complications.
I'm sure each case is different, but if the (slight) risk from the meds outweighs the risk of serious complications, then meds may be the way to go. I know my class of drugs was different, but my son is 2 now, smart, HEALTHY and active. I just came off of meds now in my 2nd trimester of this pregnancy since my bp has been well under control but I won't hesitate to go back if needed. I hope the remainder of your pregnancy goes well and you and your baby are healthy and happy!