by akemt (4961 Posts), Wed Feb 11, 2004 06:37 pm
I was under the impression that it was the norm not to treat till BP hit the 150/100 range. I posted that in response to a similar question and Anne said that some doctors would treat earlier to try and stave off further complications, like you've said. I too am seeing a slow rise in my BP...much like yours and at about the same time, if that's not funny! lol I've been watching for a rise in BP because I feel that I am at risk for chronic/essential hypertension. A diagnosis of hypertension before 20 weeks (even with normal BP outside of pregnancy like we have) is normally considered chornic hypertension. My bp just hit the 134-6/88 yesterday so I don't think it is a new "norm" for me yet, but will watch and be sure.
Oh, and I was on meds after delivery (HCTZ) and not while pregnant. I also had PIH. I think I was not put on meds durring pregnancy for two reasons, I had Oligo (so the risk of IUGR was probably too high) and my BP's while increasing did not hit a steady 150/100 till about delivery time. I stayed labile for a long time. Actually, that's partly why I'm thinking I'm a great candidate for the chronic htn...The fact that I had the BP issue for so long without ever developing protein. It obviously caused other problems, though. WOW...this got long! SORRY!
Catherine (22), Moderator (pregnant again)
DH Britton (27)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 weeks from PIH & oligo
Baby #2 due August 11, 2004