Post # 1
I was just reading up on some birth stuff and saw a few places that say epidurals are not recommended for people with low blood pressure and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.
Mines on the lower side but I’ve had problems with dizziness and it dropping rapidly when I stand, though most of this only occurs very occasionally now. So I was just wondering if anyone else had an epidural who had low blood pressure or if this is something that really should be avoided.
Post # 3
They’ll just keep you in the bed and monitor you closely with the epidural. Most pregnant women have pretty low blood pressure. Oh and they might need to give you a fluid bolus. That’s why you have to have an IV with your epidural.
Post # 4
My blood pressure is fairly low (usually the top number is in the 90s and the bottom in the 60s). I had three children, all with epidurals, and don’t remember any anesthesiologist ever mentioning my blood pressure as an issue. Maybe like Mrs. DG said, they just monitor you a bit more closely. It wasn’t an issue for me.
Post # 5
I hadn’t read that. That seems odd to me since while in labor you are essentially in the Trendellenberg position the whole time anyway. But I’m not an anesthesiologist. I’d ask your OB why they recommend that and whether your OB would be open to giving you one with your Bridal Party.
Post # 6
So it can still be an option, which is good, did anyone have an epi who had low blood pressure? Oh thanks Neva, that’s good to know, I didnt see your post at first. I’m just worried about feeling numb and dizzy and just all out of sorts and whether it’s even worth it.
When not pregnant I’m usually 90/70, so it’s a healthy sort of low, it’s more that the drops in blood pressure make it go down to 70 or 60/40 and that makes me feel really sick and I worry about with the epidural.
Post # 7
I have low Bridal Party too adn got an epidural, they had to give me some medicine because my bp got pretty low. I dont remeber what it was called, to be honest, but I felt fine and wouldnt have know if they werent monitoring me. But they monitor you bp anyway.