(Closed) Low Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m 30 weeks and I tend to get this if I move around too fast, regardless of standing up/lying down–and in general my Bridal Party tends to be on the low side of normal. But from what I understand there is a condition where Bridal Party can drop after eating a meal–something about blood rushing down to support the gastrointestinal tract? Have you noticed it happening after any meal other than breakfast?

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Are you drinking enough water? Chug it down! You may be dehydrated. My blood pressure runs on the low side as it is and I get dehydrated easily, have to keep drinking all the time. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just went to the doctor a week ago and my blood pressure was low, for me. I’m usually in the normal range but on the higher end, and I was on the very low end of normal. It surprised me and my doctor said, don’t worry, that’s normal once you’re mid-way through the second trimester through the end of pregnancy. Like PP noted, I noticed it’s worse if I move around too fast. He didn’t have any recommendations to make it easier but it sounds like what you’re doing to help it subside is helping, which is great! I might have to borrow some of your tricks. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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Nookie123:  Low blood pressure runs in my family. My bp is regularly around 60/40 if that helps to compare. No, I’m not dead. Your bp sounds more in the normal range. My mom had super low blood pressure during all her pregnancies. Because of this they were unable to epidural during labor. Other than that, it didn’t really effect her. They told her to eat a lot of salt to try and raise it (it didn’t).  

But it sounds like you are more dehydrated. What color is your pee? The clearer, the better. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am at the beginning of my second trimester and I’ve experienced dizzyness (espcecially when standing from sitting or lying down) for several weeks.  My blood pressure if generally on the low end of normal and my dr advised water, water and more water – my nurse advised to drink a gallon day!  The only other thing the dr told me was to recognize the symptoms (which it sounds like you have) because, while dizzyness is not harmful, falling down can be!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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Nookie123:  I don’t usually have too many issues. I can still donate blood – though I have been rejected at least a couple of times for it being TOO low. They used to tell me to run around the block first to see if I could raise it (not really). Don’t have to watch my diet anymore than any other bride. Nothing special. 

When I was in EMT school, and we were practising b/p and pulse, and my partner coulnd’t find mine. The instructer came over and basically ripped into my partner about how he was doing it wrong… until she tried to take my bp and pulse. Had a hard time finding it too.

I have more issues with dehydration. But that’s a whole separate issue. 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would buy a battery powered cuff and check it when you’re having symptoms. I can get the same symptoms when my Bridal Party is high as well.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I have low/normal bp and fainted a few weeks ago at 16w – was warm in the sun and standing for 2 hours. Please be careful if you start to feel like fainting and just sit down where you are (or lie down). I tried to make it to the bathroom as I thought I was going to be sick and ending up fainting in the bathroom alone – it could have been very bad if I had hit my head. It may help to have a snack right next to your bed to eat something small immediately upon waking. Ditto on the drinking loads of water (I still struggle with this), and might not be a bad thing to get your iron levels checked. Now that I fainted once with the pregnancy, it’s a reminder to rest often and be very careful with the heat this summer. Good luck! 

 

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