by firstname.lastname@example.org (322 Posts), Thu Jun 29, 2006 09:48 pm
I am 33 years old and I have a history of high blood pressure...for the last 15 years I always measured 138/80 to 145/85....we have done numerous blood tests, protein in urine tests, and blood work for kidneys and liver right up until 2 years ago and always had excellent readings...meaning no concern everything was normal.
I am now 21 weeks pregnant and had my level 2 full detailed scan ultrasound and baby is doing great, measurements, placenta, fluid weight and height all good with baby. No markings for Downs or any other abnormalities - but I did decline the triple screen test at 17 weeks. I was normal weight but did gain 15 lbs so far...mostly within the first 12 weeks and have leveled off.
With my history, what are the chances of developing pre-eclampsia? I feel great so far at this stage, no nausea at all, no swelling, small tummy (but measurements are perfect for where I should be), few minor headaches but that's the extent of it. Pretty much text book pregnancy except for that b/p reading.
Can ONLY blood pressure meds control this if it does develop higher? My home blood pressure monitors read 138/82 and close to my doctor's readings too...I've never in my life since we began to measure ever read 120/80 so I'm wondering if the body is immune somewhat to this higher blood pressure?