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BP Monitor for Home Use

Postby mrsgladden » Tue Sep 11, 2012 01:48 pm

by mrsgladden (5 Posts), Tue Sep 11, 2012 01:48 pm

Hey ladies,
I was just wondering if anyone used a blood pressure monitor at home. I was online trying to figure out which one to buy and thought I would ask the experts on this forum before purchasing. Any recommendations?
Thanks!
HELLP survivor, our sweet son born 5-2-2009 at 36 weeks, 4 lbs. 14 oz. (7 days NICU stay)
Baby Boy #2 on the way, due November 22, 2012, baby asprin and MFM visits
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Re: BP Monitor for Home Use

Postby sam10 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 02:17 pm

by sam10 (1437 Posts), Tue Sep 11, 2012 02:17 pm

Many of us monitor their BP at home, often as per doctors orders. It is recommended to use one with an arm-cuff rather than a wrist-monitor, as these are less accurate. Be sure that the cuff has the appropriate size for you (not too large, nor too small). In terms of brands, I don't have a recommendation, but you might find user feedback online.
~Julija (40)
MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


Our pain has been put into words, placed into empty cradles, to remember that all our babies lived, that they mattered and always will. - Field of Cradles http://www.fieldofcradles.org/
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Re: BP Monitor for Home Use

Postby angieb » Tue Sep 11, 2012 04:17 pm

by angieb (1192 Posts), Tue Sep 11, 2012 04:17 pm

I'm not an expert by any means, but I use this one and really like it:

http://www.amazon.com/Omron-HEM-711-DLX ... B000O5D4TA

The cuff adjusts to your arm size and senses when to stop squeezing, which is really nice. (A lot of them end up hurting me, even when I use the appropriate cuff size.) I have checked the reading I've gotten from my machine vs. my OB's office and vs. my MFM's office and it has come up really accurate.

I think most should be fine, but bring in to your doctor's office to see how they compare. And avoid the wrist ones, I have heard they aren't nearly as accurate.
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)
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