Post # 1
I was diagnosed with hypertension a few years ago and I’ve been treating it with lisinopril. I know that’s not safe during pregnancy so I’m wondering what my options are when I start trying to conceive. Obviously the first step will be to talk to my doctor, but in the mean time, I’m wondering if anyone with chronic hypertension can tell me a little bit about preparing for pregnancy and how they managed their blood pressure during pregnancy. Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t have hypertension, but my husband does. Depending on the severity of your HBP you may be able to keep it under control some other ways. The pill he’s been on most of the time is hydrochlorothyazide (sp?) which is basically just a diuretic. So he has to eat a lot of fruit and V8 to keep his potassium up, but is otherwise ok. He drinks a blood pressure herbal tea, which may or may not be safe, but hibiscus tea is supposed to be good too, and I would assume a little safer. Good luck!
Post # 4
My hypertension is pretty bad (a “normal” Bridal Party for me is 160/100-ish), and pre-pregnancy I took hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) & labetalol. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, my OB/GYN took me off those and put me on propanalol & Procardia XL. Those meds seemed to manage my condition ok, but I’ll never know if I still would’ve gotten preeclampsia since they had to take my daughter 5 weeks early via C-section (she had some health issues that needed to be taken care of immediately). With my 2nd child, I did develop preeclampsia (I wasn’t on any Bridal Party meds then) and she was delivered 3 weeks early as well. With this history of mine, my doc decided the benefits of my Bridal Party meds outweighed anything else, but I don’t remember hearing about any extreme dangers to the baby with those particular pills. Good luck, and I hope you’re able to have a healthy pregnancy!
Post # 5
There are medications that are safe. My sister had to switch once she was TTC. Sorry, I don’t have the name but talk to your Doc.
Post # 6
I also have HTN and have been on Atenolol for a few years. Right after we got married in October, we wanted to start TTC so I switched to Procardia xl which is a calcium channel blocker and is “safe” during pregnancy. Just make an apt with your doctor and they will switch you while TTC. There are some other options.