by kim (555 Posts), Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:57 am
I've been emailing a peri who specializes in pre-e research and asked him the same question...
He also agreed that the stress of pregnancy can trigger any genetic predisposition for htn. Many women are able to come off their meds within a year or two, but should be monitored for the rest of their lives for chronic htn.
Of course most docs say "delivery is the cure." It is the "cure" for pre-e, but not for hypertension or life-long kidney problems, etc... Usually we get handed off after about 6 weeks postpartum...
I'm 11 months postpartum, and FINALLY my bp is normal again. I never thought it would be.
Oh, also the peri I talked to said that lifestyle changes may be needed. For example, if before pg, a woman was a high-stress lawyer who ate whatever she wanted, her body could compensate. But, after pg, it cannot. He told me of a similar situation, and 2 years postpartum, she began exercising, chose a career with less stress, began eating right, and her bp returned to normal...
I think we basically just get screwed! [:p]
Ainsley Kathryn 11/26/02-36 Weeks Preeclampsia