by angieb (1194 Posts), Tue Jul 24, 2012 00:17 am
Congrats on the new pregnancies!
With Luke, I started monitoring my BP at home about 3 times a day starting around 10 weeks until delivery. Honestly, it was overkill. It didn't really reassure me no matter how normal my blood pressure was and oh so many times my blood pressure was "slightly elevated" to me when it was *really* just fine. (By that I mean, my normal was around 115/70, so if I got a reading that was 125/78, I would think "uh oh, trouble is coming!" I was way too OCD about it and if anything monitoring my blood pressure so closely caused me more stress than it was worth (when it never or VERY rarely got "high"...like maybe 2 readings out hundreds, and of course those 2 readings were when I was really stressed or whatever). I developed HELLP without technically having pre-e though my doctors consider HELLP "severe pre-e", so having a normal blood pressure never really reassured me since it was normal when things were really bad the first time, and on the flip side, when it got a little bit high (or what I deemed high), it stressed me out. So, just trying to say, TRY not to be obsessive about it. I know that's really hard when you've had a loss from this horrible disease. I think that in general taking it once or twice a day, assuming you aren't having any other symptoms, is more than enough. (I'm actually not monitoring it at home at all yet this pregnancy and I'm 23 wks, I did a few times earlier on so I have a pretty good idea that my baseline is still the same. It's just too much hassle with a toddler running around trying to push the buttons on the monitor whenever I try to take it. If I start having headaches or symptoms then I'll start taking it, but until then, I'm going to assume things are normal and trust my doctors.)
Me (29) DH (30)
#1-Olivia Caetlyn-9-28-09-9-28-09, 23+2 wks, emergency classic c-section, class I HELLP, IUGR
#2- Lucas Oliver (rainbow baby)- April 2011, 36+2 wks, HELLP and pre-e free! (lovenox and LDA pregnancy)
#3-Matthew, late October 2012...mostly normal, 37 wks, (lovenox and LDA again)
My blog: http://www.butterflies-and-rainbows.blogspot.com/