by danielsmom (290 Posts), Tue Feb 28, 2012 03:04 pm
I don't know how helpful this is, but I've quit caffeine mainly to rule out reasons why my BP may NOT be up (although it wouldn't make it go up 50 points). For the first 20 weeks, I just really cut back, but then I'd get a higher reading in a morning appointment and wonder if it was because of my morning coffee. Also, if I'd have a can of soda for dinner and not have one the next day, I'd get a headache. Great, another PE symptom! So it was easier and more peace of mind for me to completely go decaf.
Anti-histimines or decongestants can jack up your BP as well.
I really do not believe that diet can cause or prevent pre-e. I think pre-e is usually caused by poor placentation. However, as for any pregnant woman, I think eating a complete diet - the more natural the better - can help your body function the easiest. Pregnancy is enough strain on the body, so why not help it out. There is 2 other things that I do: eat plenty of eggs and get plenty of calcium. Of course, this is in moderation, like eating eggs once or twice a week and being sure I get all my daily recommended calcium from food (which might absorb better than coming from a supplement). Eggs contain albumin, which is thought to aid the liver and possibly kidneys. Calcium is something that some studies say prevents adverse prenatal outcomes, and of course some object to that... but hey, who knows.
Miscarriage Feb 05 & Dec 07
Daniel born Feb 09 at 27w5d, 1 lb 1 oz/12 inches (severe IUGR) due to Severe Pre-E & HELLP. Now tall for age and no complications.
Diagnosed with MTHFR
Cornual Ectopic miscarriage Mar 11
Natalie born 6-5-12 at full term, 7 lb 11 oz & 21.5 inches, progesterone 2-8 weeks (for suspected luteal phase defect), lovenox 6-29 weeks, lda 0-36 weeks, folic.