Borderline high blood pressure….did anyone just have it linger/lower?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can you take your blood pressure at home?  My friend had on and off high BP readings throughout her pregnancy, but they were perfectly fine at home (“white coat hypertension”). 

I had one random high BP reading late in the 3rd trimester.  I think I was just winded from peeing in the cup and hurrying back to the room lol.  They had me lay down for 10 min and came back and checked and it was down.  Was it just the one reading?  If so, I wouldn’t worry.  But you can check your BP at home (or go to a pharmacy/drug store to check) if it eases your fears.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well for what it’s worth that BP is in the normal range… I mean I think 120/80 is considered perfect. If you were 140/100 then it would be ok something’s wrong… But if your doctor didn’t seem concerned I wouldn’t worry!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I had it at the end of my pregnancy for the last couple of weeks. It turned out to be nothing, they assumed anxiety (which I have a history of). They monitored it at my weekly appointments.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsEME:  If you have a fear of having your BP checked then I bet it is just the anxiety causing it to go up when it’s being checked (I believe that is white coat hypertension).  You could always stop by the pharmacy and use one of their cuffs, just sit down and relax before trying to do it.  I imagine it’s nothing to worry about.  I also agree, 88/124 isn’t super high, just a little higher than normal.  I can’t remember what my high reading was, I think it was a bit higher.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s not high, and it’s normal to have higher blood pressure in pregnancy because you have higher blood volumes. 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

124/88 really isn’t that high. That’s probably a “normal” reading for a lot of people. If you get any severe swelling, blurred vision etc then you should definitely contact your doctor though obviously.

You can buy an electric cuff for around $30-50 if you wanted to check it at home for peace of mind. I’ve had my BP be 220/120 so I have a couple, haha.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

MrsEME:  be more clear -it’s normal for it to raise over the course of pregnancy. That reading is normal for a non-pregnant person and would be low normal for a pregnant person. The last trimester is when it naturally tends to raise up to some extent the most. So it is a low nomal reading which is good and a normal process of raising. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had similar readings starting around 31-32 weeks. Mine continued to rise though, getting up to 142/110 at one point. That was the highest reading I had and it went back down to the low 130’s after that. My doctor’s monitored it, but weren’t overly concerned. I was going for weekly appointments anyway and so they monitored it closely. They did decide that I should be induced early, at 38 weeks, but my DD decided to come on her own and 36+5. And she is perfect and we had no complications for either or us. No NICU no nothing. 

So bottom line- I agree with PP that it is your anxiety of BP. BUt if it does go up, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing that causes problems. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

with my last pregnancy, I went for a routine check at 36 weeks and had a random high BP of 180/90 ish. They rechecked it in a half hour and it wasn’t down so they sent me to triage. an hour after being in triage it dropped to the 130’s over 70’s and I was sent home after they decided it was a random occurrence, no protein in urine etc. I had my pressure rechecked in the office two days later and it was in the 140’s/80’S. They let it go dispute me having black dots in front of my vision at random times and head aches. Did a 24 urine which was also negative for protein. At 37 weeks, I developed stomah cramping every 3-5 minutes for 7 hours. Called doctor who said (forced) me to go to triage again and discovered my blood pressure was 210/110. It was decided I was in early labor so they went ahead and started magnesium and Potosin. I delivered at 37 & 2 and given the diagnoses of pregnancy induced hypertension And discharged home with labatolol and a pressure lingering from 140-165/70-80. They said it can take up to three (I’ve also read 6) months to resolve but then I went and got preggo again when the baby was three months old. I’m 28 weeks now and my pressure has been in the 130/70-80 range this whole time. I was told with this pregnancy the end diagnosis was preclampsia with my last pregnancy and they are kind of expecting it to happen again…

sorry for the novel.

all that being said, try not to stress and just be aware of the symptoms. Maybe you had a little white coat syndrome this week? I would totally get a cuff though for peace of mind.

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