by adgirl (530 Posts), Mon Mar 05, 2007 05:20 pm
I was on no meds during pregnancy, but about 4 days post partum my BP started rising so I was placed on Labetalol. (100mg twice a day) It was up higher the following day and I was place on 200mg twice a day. By 6 days post partum I was getting readings of 180/100, so I was sent to the ER (I checked in with BP of 202/115), and was given Labetalol, Propanalol and Clonodine to bring it down. After 4 hours, it was down to 148/90 and I was sent home. At home, I was on 400mg twice a day of Labetalol and .2mg of Clonodine twice a day. The next few days it would range from 115/77 - 180/100. About day 11 post partum it was stable in the 1teens/70s. 24 days postpartum I was getting readings of 84/58, so they stopped the Clonodine. Then it went back up a little like 130s/80s, but after a few days dropped to 100s/60s. At that point, we slowly weaned off of the remaining Labetalol. By 16 weeks postpartum, I was off of all medication.
Those up and down readings and all the medications/a newborn baby, had me feeling awful, but I was back at work at 6 weeks postpartum feeling pretty good. I got gorgeous portraits made when my son was 7 weeks, so I must have been feeling much better. Just letting you know, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I was very proactive with my care and called in my readings daily at the beginning and anytime there was a change that was concerning. It was a very scary time b/c the numbers were just so high, but I've read here that BP meds can take a little time to work and also when coming off of them the BP can spike up a bit before it stabalizes.