by bnicolef (9 Posts), Fri Mar 23, 2012 06:54 pm
Hello. I'm new here. 24 weeks, 5 days pregnant with my second child. I didn't even know I was expecting until 16 weeks along, it has been a dream pregnancy until the past week. On Sunday I woke up with a swollen face, hands, and feet. Had a mild headache, but not too bad. I happened to check my blood pressure that evening at the store, and it was 140/80' s, and my blood pressure is normally 105-100/55-50. I was a bit concerned, but had an appointment the next morning, so I didnt worry too much about it. Then I took my blood pressure a few hours later, different store, nearly the same numbers. That night I had severe pain for the second time ( it had happened two nights before) that just felt like the worst indigestion ever. Right beneath my ribs, felt like I was being crushed. I was about to call the midwife when it went away. I assumed it must have been indigestion. The next morning I went in, swelling had went down, explained what had happened the day before. My blood pressure was 118/62 and I had gained just under 15 pounds in four weeks. She decided to do lab work, but only scheduled me back in in another four weeks, and didn't seem too concerned since my blood pressure wasnt very high, and I wasnt very swollen. Fast forward through the week, my average blood pressure is now 135/76, with spikes in the 150/90's, visual disturbances with the headaches ( they feel like very dull/ mild migraines) and lots of face swelling. The nurse seemed extremely concerned when I told her what was happening, so I rushed into the office. My blood pressure had been 155/82 when I left the house. When I got to the office, it was down to 135/76. I was told to go home, sit in a dark room, take tylenol, drink coffee, and see if the headache went away. It didnt, and when I called them, a new midwife was on call. She told me to go to the ER, that everything was normal for pregnancy, except for the headaches, those could not possibly be pregnancy related. The ER doctor couldn't say anything about anything, except that he couldn't figure out what was causing the headaches, and I really needed to see my midwife about my blood pressure. He did say that on Monday I had no protien in my urine. So, now it's Friday evening. I'm unsure of whether or not I am just overreacting. Ive never had high blood pressure. I also don't know what to do, or what I should be asking the midwives to do. I hope it's nothing, I hope I'm overreacting, but I have a terrible feeling. I've had it since I woke up last Sunday with my face swollen. Any advice? What would you do in my situation? Thank you in advance, my husband and I are just so confused. I never had any blood pressure problems with my daughter, same father as this one.