by jenh (125 Posts), Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:46 am
You aren't being silly, you've been through a lot already. It's good to be informed and proactive in your care. (It's Jen, btw, from FB/BFAR. Hi!)
Here's a link to the Ask the Experts forum and the question about how to take blood pressure. https://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=321
It seems the most important thing is to have the cuff at the same level as the heart to get the most accurate reading.
IIRC you have HBP outside pregnancy? Remember, with preeclampsia BP is not the primary problem but a symptom. If your BP is no longer well controlled by the meds, it could be a sign that PE is progressing. Many of us have to keep increasing our meds throughout pregnancy until it gets to a point where it's no longer effective. Your doctor can guide you on whether you need to increase/add/switch meds. Have you had a 24-hour urine test and/or blood work lately? That would give you a better picture of what's going on.
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Mom to Ethne Joy 10/12/03, 35 weeks, severe PE
Mom to Catie Grace 12/8/06, 37 weeks, mild PE
Mom to Riley Faith and Gavin Arthur 7/7/09, 36 weeks, PIH 22 weeks, PE 31 weeks, severe post partum PE
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