Post # 1
Looking for any suggestions to help me lower my blood pressure. I am 37 weeks pregnant and my 36 and 37 week appointments i’ve had elevated blood pressure, but not high enough to warrant any huge amount of concern.
Throughout this pregnancy, BP has been pretty consistent – avg around 110/75. My 36 week BP was 132/76 and today’s was 136/86. She said they are still in the “normal” range, but high. If next weeks’ BP is still high, she’ll send me for some blood labs and go from there. Until then, unless I experience any blurred vision, see spots etc, everything should be fine. Baby’s heart rate has remained consistent, our 36 week growth scan came back great and i’m GBS neg. So, we seem to be perfectly healthy in any other way.
Wondering if anyone had any tips on lowering blood pressure naturally? More exercise (walking the dog is about all I can do at this point lol), different foods, tips or tricks?
Thank you in advance 🙂
Post # 3
I Googled this myself last week, and what I took most from what I read was to A) get moderate exercise (which you’re doing), B) take deep breaths and be sure to keep stress at bay, and C) eat dark chocolate. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely FEEL it when I’m stressed and my BP starts to rise, so those deep breaths really help. And nothing wrong with eating a little dark chocolate at the end of the night!
Of course, I have no BP numbers to back any of this up. Just sharing what I’d read. I think tea helps, but caffeine otherwise is bad.
Good luck in keeping things low-key til you’re all done!!
Post # 4
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@StaceyA: eating raw oats (like refrigerator oatmeal- http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal) is supposed to be great for dropping blood pressure!
Post # 5
I don’t really have any tips, but I just wanted to say that I’m thinking about you! Hoping your blood pressure goes down and blurry vision stays far, far away. Fortunately, this is happeneing at 37 weeks though, and not earlier. Thinking of you!!
Post # 6
You’re probably already doing these things since you’re pregnant, but avoid coffee or any extra caffeine, alcohol, and try to eat a low sodium diet.
Post # 7
Honestly, there’s not much to do at this point. Keep up whatever activity level youre comfortable with and try and relax as much as you can, but don’t agressively salt restrict (can lead to dehydration, which is way riskier to you and your baby than mild gestational hypertension). Mild hypertension is very common at your stage, and the only thing to do is monitor it and be aware of warning symptoms, which you are!
Post # 8
Cucumber, celery, and lots of lean protein. Oatmeal, as a previous poster said. I had the same thing happen at 36 weeks and I really focused extra on what I was eating. Bp is back to normal! Google the Brewer diet. He has great info on preventing hypertension in pregnancy.
Post # 9
Thank you ladies! Going to try all of the above lol. I am glad it’s not dangerously high, but hope that maybe I can get it down a little in time for our 38 week appt and throught the rest of the pregnancy. 🙂
@razzzzzz: thank you hun – hope you and your babies are well!!!
Post # 10
I average 117/75 but on occasion during anxiety (doctors offices) and stress I can go up to 150s-160s/100s!
Walking a lot
Avoid caffiene (even chocolate)
Eat Celery!!!!! It is proven to work
Get enough sleep
If you drink too much water, your BP can actually rise, as does having a full bladder. (You still need water though, so not sure what to do about this other than to have an empty bladder before you are seen when possible)
Avoid sodium rich foods
Don’t add salt to anything
Hot showers temporarily lower BP
Post # 11
Also, you’re BP levels are that bad at all…you are mid-normal. I wouldn’t worry. Unless they find proteins in your urine or you have crazy symptoms such as nose bleeds, headaches, blurry vision, fainting…theres nothing they will do
Post # 12
Honestly? Nothing really. Any pregnant person will tell you that. My BP got high towards the end and the only thing that helped was I stopped working a week before my c-section date but that was because my BP was high due to my extremely stressful job. Just rest as much as you can and unless it gets crazy high I wouldn’t worry about it.