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The systolic (top number) is how much pressure is being placed on your arteries etc when the heart is working/pumping. The diastolic (bottom number) is how much pressure is on your arteries etc when the heart is at rest, or between pumps. The reason why Dr's get more excited when your diastolic increases is that it signals that your arteries are under constant pressure ad therefore is likely to cause more issues. In saying that, no major increase in either is desirable or healthy.
Thanks for your response. I was really hoping to go into labor myself this time and not have to be induced(baby #5 was induced at 37 weeks + 1 day due to severe p.e.)...My blood pressures were so good and then I hit 37 weeks, and now they aren't behaving themselves!! My midwife is being very careful to try to help me avoid the mag, and catch this before it would actually develop into p.e. so I'm hoping we can get this to work out. I have a feeling I'll be getting induced in the next day or two...I hate pitocin, but hate the mag even more!!
Anyone have any clue about the diastolic(bottom) part of the b.p. being elevated but not the systolic? Friday I went in for my 37 week+2 day appt, and my b.p. was a little high(I think 142/92), but no protein, no swelling, headaches, labwork came back good, etc. Anyways, I am supposed to come back in tomorrow for a recheck on the b.p. I have been checking it at home with my own machine, and for the most part, the systolic is behaving, but the diastolic is running from the high 80's to low 90's.
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