Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are thinking about TTC this year and I’m a little nervous because I was diagnosed with hypertension a few years ago. I’ve been treating it with an ACE inhibitor which is a huge no-no during pregnancy, so I just spoke to my doc and she’s switching me to methyldopa so I’ll be on something “safer” when we start TTC.
I just wondered if anyone is in my situation and can offer any advice or reassurance. I know women with hypertension can have healthy babies but I also know the risks are a little greater.
Post # 3
Unfortunately I have PIH, pregnancy induced hypertension. My Bridal Party was fine before we got pregnant, and elevated soon after our BFP. I was put on Labetalol 2x a day and has been controlled very well with that so far( 23w, 2d as of today). I’ve been put on home monitoring as well which has gone really good too. Yes you are monitored a lot closer, but it’s not a bad thing at all. We get frequent ultrasounds which makes me happy. 🙂 My OB and High-risk Dr have both said I most likely wouldn’t be going to my due date….but I feel very comfortable seeing both of the dr’s, what 1 doesn’t catch the other 1 will. When you do get pregnant, you will be monitored a lot closer just to make sure things go good, but all in all, so far it’s been a good experience. Good luck!!!
Post # 4
@seg31085: I’m prepared for frequent Dr. visits. 🙂 Glad to hear your pregnancy is going well! Thanks for the reply.
Post # 5
I also have PIH. My doctor thinks that I was already predisposed to hypertension, but being healthy and in good shape prevented me from seeing it. As soon as you conceive, your body carries a bunch of extra fluid and reacts as if it is overweight, which is when my hypertension showed up. My Dr. thinks if I put on weight in the future, my Bridal Party will be high regardless of whether I am pregnant or not.
I have been on Bridal Party meds since 16 weeks, and have gone from 25 mg of Atenalol a day to 100 mg of Atenalol a day since then. I am basically on bed rest because not even the medication is keeping the Bridal Party down, but baby is super healthy and I am 33 weeks. I may not go to 40 weeks, but my pre-eclampsia tests came back NORMAL and I will at least go to 37 (full term). 🙂
I get lots of extra monitoring and ultrasounds, which is actually kind of nice. 🙂 I see a perinatologist, which is a high-risk OBGYN.
Post # 6
My doctor put me on methyldopa right at the beginning of my pregnancy because I kept showing high bp readings. He thinks I just had high bp and I just wasn’t on meds, so we started it and it’s been fine. I also changed how I was eating and everyhting has been coming back normal. Both sides of our families have histories of high bp. My doctor wanted to get it under control at the beginning, so if it did jump up higher, then we would know if it’s because of the baby or not.