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Postpartum hypertension

Postby ylime9 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 04:57 am

by ylime9 (2 Posts), Sat Dec 15, 2012 04:57 am

I had my first DS at 31+4 due to pre-e/hellp. My bp and bloodwork returned to normal within 8 weeks pp. I had great blood pressures for 2 years before getting pregnant again. This time around with DS2, my bp went to around 140/90 from 6-30 weeks. 30-37+4 weeks (water broke), through 3 hours of labor and during my repeat c-section, my bp was around 120/80. Great I thought. Until I get moved to recovery when my bp started going up then stayed around 150/100. If I lay down on my left side, my bp and heartratereturns to normal with minutes. I'm now 2 days pp and my ob just started me on Procardia.

It was so weird to me that the bp shot up almost immediately after becoming not pregnant. Has this happened to anyone else. I'm scared it's not going to come back down. I've heard of pp pre-e, but not pp hypertension. What causes the high bp after pregnancy? How long should I expect this to last? Any words of encouragement.
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Re: Postpartum hypertension

Postby sam10 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:12 am

by sam10 (1443 Posts), Sat Dec 15, 2012 08:12 am

It can take a while before BP goes back down postpartum. For some it happens right away, though mostly it takes a while and for some even months. My BP was the worst the first 3 weeks after birth. I was even in the hospital for a while until I was stable and on the right medication. The doctors talked a lot about 'fluid shifts' that can cause the BP to go up at the postpartum period. The changes in your body pp are quite significant.
At 4 weeks pp My BP returned to normal and I was off all meds.
Be sure to monitor your BP and ask your doctor when to call, so your meds can be adjusted if needed.
~Julija (40)
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE

Our pain has been put into words, placed into empty cradles, to remember that all our babies lived, that they mattered and always will. - Field of Cradles
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Re: Postpartum hypertension

Postby heatherd83 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 01:48 pm

by heatherd83 (4 Posts), Mon Dec 17, 2012 01:48 pm

Hi there,

My BP went down initially after having my baby, but within 3 days was up around 210/110. It can definitely go up after you have the baby.

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