Blood Pressure meds?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had HBP prior to pregnancy and my doctor said early on that if it started rising then she would increase my medication to control it. I wouldn’t stress about it, hopefully the med they gave you will get it under control and you can put the worries aside. Mine has been well controlled without any dosage increases (I am 38w5d), but doctor is going to induce me this Tuesday when I am 39w because she wants to avoid any last spikes. 

My advice would be to get a monitor if you don’t already have one and take it at home. Mine has always been higher in the office, even preprego, and it has been helpful when the doc can see the reading from the office and from home. At 37 weeks (when she really expected it to rise) I started doing readings in the morning and evening just to track it. Its been helpful and has helped put my mind at ease as well.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was put on aldomet at 33 weeks.  I can’t remember if it helped control it, or if it kept steadily rising.  I want to say that it just sort of stayed on the high side.  I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at the same time of the HBP diagnosis and was induced at 37 weeks.

But, honestly, being induced wasn’t the worst thing in the world.  I was still able to have the labor/delivery I planned.  Heck, knowing when it was coming actually was better! 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi. I have chronic hypertension and I was on Aldomet for my entire pregnancy (I went into labor and delivered naturally at 39 weeks.)

The meds controlled my blood pressure well for most of my pregnancy but my numbers did start to rise during my third trimester and I had to go for weekly nonstress tests to make sure baby was fine. I was never diagnosed with pre-eclampsia because I didn’t have protein in my urine. My dosage of Aldomet was increased for my final few weeks and my BP remained high for several weeks after giving birth before it finally started to come down and I was able to go back to a lower dose of meds. Had I not gone into labor prior to my due date, I would have been induced at 40 weeks.

I do recommend checking your BP regularly at home. I used a wrist cuff monitor, which was really easy to use.

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