I wanted to say a little bit more of what's happening with me. I have still been watching my BP at home and definitely have major fluctuations with it. As I already have a high pulse rate normally, I do also notice that to increase for no apparent reason. My symptoms of my BP going up started early Nov. and possibly Oct. as well, since I have been personally prepared to "watch out" for PIH a second time, I am trying to remain calm and care for myself the best I can, or am able to.
Just a couple days ago, my BP reached its highest mark of 141/98 (I was though, feeling stressed at the same time) - and even suffered a nosebleed at the same time (-I know this is a reg. pg symptom, but for me it seems related?). After 20 min. I rechecked and my BP dropped to 140/74. -My ranges of BP seem to be between 100's/60's at the lowest and as high as I've stated. I am trying to establish my own record to keep watch for a steady increase of BP pattern, should PIH remain on the higher side.
I was not receiving proper concern for my complaints to the dr. (who also was stressed and rude to me on one occassion and I left to the ER for abdominal pain - that thankfully my tests came out good [:)])- (I'd like to also mention that with PIH I did not have the protien in my urine, so don't let a dr. ignore any other symptoms, which was the neglect I went through my 1st preg). I had my last appt. with her (my current OB) yesterday, knowing it was my last appt. I did not "bother" to complain of my symptoms much. I found it odd that every single time I go to the dr. they tell me the same thing, my BP is 110/70 (which I also felt the cuff loose on my arm and the measurement was taken over my sweater, I believe this could change the outcome of a reading), maybe it was a norm. reading - yet, it feels to me like they are averaging it? Not sure. They failed to notice another symptom that I have gained approx. 8 lbs. in 4 weeks; which normally I am very thin and I know it's hard to notice - but I feel puffy mostly in my face and under eyes. She also stated that I don't need to worry about developing Pree. - not a statement a dr. should make, though she did add, well it is your 3rd tri. now.
I am sharing my current situation to - like I know a lot of people have already - to push the fact to seek better care, if you feel you aren't receiving it currently. I have choosen another OB, that has dealt with high risk preg. and was reccomended to me as they also have a perinatologist that they can reffer me out to. - I was lucky to get an appt. right in time before the holidays coming up in acouple weeks. I would have prefered not to change dr's. after all this time, but having a dr. to "watch over" my symptoms with me, is a lot better as it will help ease my concerns and I do not have to convience a dr. to!
In response about if need be would I take bp meds., I think that was the ques.; in my 1st preg. I was at my worst BP at 37 weeks and only needed the magnesium sulfate during induced labor/delivery - my bp still did skyrocket during delivery but I don't know if I am just lucky (I think so) - but I believe I was starting to have contractions the night before possibly as I went into the hosp. 100% effaced and already partially dialated. I went through a very easy labor that progressed very rapidly. - I was one of those women trying to "hold her in". Even though I had pain and high BP my focus was on God during it all, and had a natural delivery (besides the pitocin and magnesium sul.) - I really don't even remember the pain or fear of anything going really wrong. I knew I wasn't feeling well at all, I was very weak, but she did literally fly right out and the dr. told me the next one will be even quicker. I remember postpartum, people expected me to feel fine with my BP, but I didn't, I think it took me about a month of recovery just from the BP. I realize how blessed with my outcome I was (and still am - as my daughter is so dear to me!) And I have faith I will have the same outcome.
I am hoping to avoid the need to take BP med. if I can help it (I've taken them outside of preg. (Atenlol was one, and I can't remember the names of the other 3), I did not react well to any one med. even at what was considered a low dose - which is why I also personally opt for natural approach first if it's avoidable. If it is needed to save me or my child I will though, as well as take care of my health the best I can. I do plan on seeing a chiropractor as well, like I did with my first pg. I do think the physical body being balanced can have a good effect on health and possibly help to ease the delivery process. I would feel saddened if I had to for some reason have a C-section, I think most people prefer the natural process of giving birth, but if I had to (as I know many woman do have to) the main goal of every pregnancy is, your newborn healthy - and mommy too.[:D]
God Bless all of you with healthy outcomes, and all of you that suffered in any way or loss.
Chloe (Feb 99, born 37 wks PIH)
Isaiah (Feb 04)