by evansmom (144 Posts), Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:23 am
I'm into week 15 with pregnancy #2. A little history with pregnancy #1: At 29 weeks my bp shot up to 170/100. I was put on Aldomet and bed rest. Athough I never had true pe, I did swell severely, and had hyperreflexia. My son was born healthy @ 37 1/2 weeks. I was given Mag sulfate during labor, and my bp was ok until the 3rd day postpartum where I shot up to 180/100. I left the hospital on meds. At my 6 week and 3 month checkup, my bp was still high, so my ob sent me to my internist who diagnosed chronic HBP. It has been well controlled on a very low dose of atenolol for the past 2 years. With this pregnancy, I was on the atenolol until 10 days ago. My bp @ the doctor's office was 100/60. He said I'm on such a low dose of meds that I probably don't need it, so stop taking it (since some studies have linked atenolol to IUGR in the 2nd & 3rd trimesters). Now I feel LOUSY. My heart pounds all the time and my bp has gone up to the high 130s/low 140s when Im not resting (my diastolic has been ok -80 or lower). I'm starting to get that familiar dread that all is not going to be okay. Last pregnancy, I was so worried all the time I developed Post Partum depression and anxiety that had to be treated with meds. I find myself afraid to exert myself and constantly checking for symptoms of PE. Am I worrying unneccessarily? Has anyone else come off meds for chronic HBP and had a successful pregnancy? I'm so scared... I greatly appreciate any advice!!