by annegarrett (2525 Posts), Fri Sep 05, 2003 01:16 am
First of all--the doctors we work with say that "white coat hypertension" (getting your BP up because you are anxious) is a myth. IF it is up--it is up. The BP should be relatively stable and only the top number and the pulse will rise when stressed whereas the bottom number SHOULD hold. IF it is flexing around then that suggests a lability that is worrisome. Any proteinuria is also worrisome and definitely--after 20 weeks--you can get "preeclampsia". Also, your previous MC puts you in a higher risk because there is a belief that whatever caused that will contribute to this. SO, this is to say that you are right to be aware and to be seeing a high risk specialist. Where in Australia are you? I know a couple great ones there if you know names or need them. (My son spent a bit in Lofty Hills near Adelaide). ANYWAY, it sounds like you might be "trying" to get preeclampsia and are not necessarily there but that could happen. If they gave you pills--did they put you ON pills or did they give you a diuretic to reduce the water in your system? Check out our signs and symptoms page and definitely go straight in if you see stars or if you get some of the other more worrisome signs. Definitely see the peri. Hopefully you will just hold at this rate. DON'T beat yourself up about causing this by worrying. That is just not possible. This is a placental disease/syndrome that cannot be caused by diet, stress, exercise, etc...to the best of our knowledge. It may be "accelerated, or slowed" by those things so do try to enjoy your pregnancy and know that you are doing everything right and you are getting high risk care shortly.
The anxiety you feel may actually be physiological--because your racing pulse is signalling your brain that something is worrisome--and so you feel anxious but aren't sure why. It may mean your pulse is up due to the disease.
Let us know what happens at the appointment and how you are.