I'm chronic hypertensive and I have been since I was 17. I also have tachycardia, so I have to be on a beta-blocker to slow my heart rate. Labetolol is similar to what I was on before because it is a form of a beta-blocker. What were you taking before pregnancy? Maybe you just need a different medication. For my pregnancy I was put on Methyldopa (Aldomet) and looking back, I should have been on Labetolol but they didn't figure that out until too late.
My pressures were pretty well controlled before I got pregnant and during the first trimester. My blood pressure was always around 130/80 though. I had HORRIBLE swelling from about 23 weeks on.
My BP really started to spike at 27 weeks but protein was negative. At 28 weeks 2 days, the protein showed up pretty much over night and it was over 1900 on the 24 hour. I delivered at 29 weeks 1 day.
If your BPs aren't controlled with what you are currently taking, you definitely need your doctor to adjust it. Are you seeing a MFM (high risk doctor)? If not, you should. My OB never sent me to a MFM during my pregnancy even though I was chronic. I really wish I would have known how important it was. I feel like maybe I could have gotten a little farther along.
But definitely get those pressures under control. I know you can take Labetolol up to 3 times a day. So, your dose may not be high enough. Talk to your doctor. Good luck!!
Leslie (26) DH (28)
Chronic hypertensive since age 17
DD- born April 24, 2011 due to severe pre-e at 29w1d weighing 2lbs, 11oz
Diagnosed with homozygous MTHFR C677T
Pregnant with #2! Due 9/2/13 but will deliver at 36-37 weeks due to classical csection.
(Labetolol, HCTZ, Aspirin 81mg, Calcium, Mag, Zinc, D, Fish Oil, Fiber gummies, Folic Acid)