by caryn (10177 Posts), Sat Apr 24, 2010 05:52 pm
Alison, that sounds like chronic hypertension unmasked by pregnancy, as the other posters above have said!
When pressures go up before 20 weeks gestation, they almost always call that chronic hypertension. Chronics have a 25% chance of developing what they call "superimposed" preeclampsia, which just means that it's stacked on top of the underlying chronic hypertension. Because the placenta implants into an environment where the chemical signalling "tells" it to expect chronic hypertension, docs are often reluctant to use much bp medication, but this depends very much on the practice and I know that some of our Experts treat women with chronic hypertension quite aggressively.
Have you had a consult with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist? You can find one near to you at [url="http://www.smfm.org"]this link[/url]; search by state.