by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Jun 17, 2004 03:15 pm
Anika, I'm so sorry that you have to deal with this on your birthday, of all days! Unfortunately, when hypertension is persistent soooo long postpartum (it's been four months since you had Isaiah, right?) it IS very likely that it's chronic hypertension you're seeing.
With my first pregnancy, my hypertension resolved two weeks after I delivered and it remained normal until halfway through my second pregnancy, and I still have it now- 14 months postpartum. I'm on atenolol and a diuretic, and I'm still hovering in the 130/80 range- and probably will discuss increasing the meds or changing them at my next appointment, the new goals for treatment are at or below 120/70. I definitely have some room to lose some weight and in my case if I got my weight under control I probably wouldn't have to be on meds.
Aside from meds, some people are using the DASH diet- the dietary approach to stop hypertension to try to get their hypertension under control- here's a link:
You can do this honey, just hang in there. I emailed you today, as I was thinking of you, please feel free to reply! [:)]
Mom to Alicia (severe PE) 5/98 and Camille (htn, oligo) 4/03