(Closed) Pre-existing High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Mine was not pre-existing, but developed during the 3rd trimester. I just wanted to wish you luck and if you need any help dealing with the stress or someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to PM me. It can be a tough road.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was diagnosed with hypertension a few years ago. After getting married, I worried a bit about getting pregnant with my condition, but I think it will probably be fine. I told my doc that we might TTC this year and she switched me to a medication that’s safer during pregnancy. When I do get pregnant, I’ll likely have more Dr. appointments and may need to see a high risk obstetrician.

Are you on any medication to treat your hypertension? Your Bridal Party is likely to get higher during your pregnancy so it’s something to think about. I know it’s scary to think of taking meds while pregnant but it can help keep you and baby safe, as long as you’re on the right kind (I take methyldopa). Wishing you a happy & healthy pregnancy!

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

i’ve had high blood pressure for years. It has always been a mystery to my doctors because i was so young when i got it (mid-20s) and i have never been overweight.  I did do my best to cut my sodium down, i quit smoking (though i was never a heavy smoker) and got off the birth control pill and started exercising more regularly. I never had too much caffeine as i am not a big coffee drinker.  But even when i was doing superb in all these areas, it was still high enough that i needed to be on medication.  So i have been on meds for several years and i am now 4 months pregnant.  When i got pregnant my doctor just switched me to a pregnancy safe Bridal Party medication.  Though i started getting more headaches/migraines and after having a 3 day headache a couple of weeks ago, i checked my blood pressure and it was very high! like scary high.  so my doctor increased my dosage and since then i think it’s ok (I am planning to check my pressure today to make sure – but i have felt better, no headaches since i switched for example).  And i am continuing to monitor my sodium, make sure i exercise, etc.  It’s the same precautions i have to take before i got pregnant basically.  I admit i am not always perfect with these things, but since my scare a couple of weeks ago, i stopped eating chips and other mega-high sodium foods and am being much more conscious. i think i was slipping before and that scare kind of woke me up. Especially when i read all about preeclampsia!    Based on your blood pressure readings, you may need to go on medication, just talk to your OB and he/she will know what to do. Other than that, it sounds like you are doing all the right things.

Something to keep in mind regarding medication. Before i knew i was pregnant, i happened to go see my regular doctor and she decided to switch me to a pregnancy safe medication “just in case”.  So when i found out i was pregnant a few weeks later, i was relieved she had done that….but to be sure i looked up the medication she had me on and every website i went to said it was NOT safe for pregnancy!  I then went to a clinic to confirm my pregnancy and ask about the medication and they said not to take it!  I was so mad that she had essentially put me on the wrong one!  A week later i went for my first prenatal appt and my OB put me on one that IS safe and recommeded for pregnancy. By then i had researched which one that should be – and there is only one medication as far as i found that is safe for pregnancy, it’s called Methyldopa (Aldomet is the brand name i believe).

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@dynamic_duo:  I was diagnosed in my mid 20’s as well. For me, I think genetics plays a huge role. My dad has high blood pressure and so did my grandfather on my mom’s side.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Pre-pregnancy I also had unexplained high blood pressure (usually hovering around 145/115!) and they were on the verge of medicating me as lifestyle changes weren’t changing anything. Once I got pregnant however, my OB was leary of Bridal Party Meds and said we’d leave it for a bit. Inexplicably my blood pressure has plumetted to 120/70  over the course of my pregnancy with no lifestyle changes aside from cutting out caffeine.  My OB said I am definitely the exception and not the rule, but that sometimes in pregnancy your blood pressure can be self-corrected.

I hope your high Bridal Party doesn’t cause problems for you either!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ms_nickie:  I wouldn’t try to worry so much because that will ultimately make your bp go up too. I know it’s easier said then done. What kind of Bridal Party medication are you on? I know ACE/ARB bp meds are not recommended while pregnant, nor some cholesterol medications such as statins. Your OB will check for preeclampsia by the time you’re around 20 weeks gestation. It checks how high your Bridal Party is and if there is protein in your urine. Typically you’re not seen by high risk OB just because youre taking Bridal Party meds but if you develop preeclampsia, you could be referred to one. I would talk to my OB about my concerns. Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

@iheartnerds:  it’s possible it’s genetic for me too since my mom has it…but she only got it later in life and when she was overweight and pretty unhealthy overall. my dad does not have it. so it’s hard to say.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Actually, it is possible that your blood pressure may go down during pregnancy.  This is due to an increase heart rate and blood volume.  Because you already have high blood pressure, your doctor should monitor your blood pressure closely to see if there are any significant changes either up or down.  If you’re taking any medication, make sure to ask your doctor if it one that is safe to take while pregnant. 

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at 28.  This was after I had lost 60 lbs.  I was eating very healthy and exercising an hour a day, 5 days a week.  My grandmother had high blood pressure as young as 30 and an aunt was diagnosed in her 20’s.  So yes, it is genetic.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s really interesting to hear about Bridal Party possibly dropping during pregnancy. I’ve done a lot of research and somehow I missed this bit of information.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

@iheartnerds:  yup, actually that happened to me to temporarily.  I just didn’t go into detail above.  When i first found out i was pregnant and researched the meds i was on and found that it was not good to take them, i actually stopped taking them immediately. it was 2 or 3 days later when i went to the clinic to do the blood test to confirm the pregnancy (at this point i was 8 weeks) and they tested my blood pressure and it was normal! I was shocked since i was not on any meds.  They also agreed not to take the meds i had been on but did not prescribe me any news ones for the time being since i didn’t need it according to the readings that day…. Then at my first prental appt a couple of weeks later, my blood pressure was starting to go up again, so my OB then put me on the safe meds. But i guess it continued to go up, because like i said above, i had to increase my dosage.   For the period it was low, the doctor in the clinic told me it was likely due to the increase in progesterone or something.  Too bad it didn’t last….

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@iheartnerds:  Mine went down for most of the pregnancy.  I had to stop taking medication early on.  It was causing my blood pressure to dip too low and I was getting light headed all the time.  It went back up at the end of the pregnancy, like within the last 2 weeks.  Even then, it still wasn’t that high. 

Though, every person and every pregnancy is different.  From what I’ve read, if you have chronic hypertension prior to pregnancy, you’re more at risk for having it during pregnancy.  In any case, if you do have it before getting pregnant, your doctor should monitor you closely to watch for any changes.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t have much advice but I was interested to read this thread.

I also have high blood pressure that is well controlled by medication.  But I’m pretty sure the medication I am on (Lisinopril) isn’t recommended for pregnant women.  Glad to hear that there are other meds I can switch to that will be safer and will help keep it controlled when I am pregnant.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.KMM: That’s what I was on before. It controlled my Bridal Party beautifully but it’s a definite no-no during pregnancy. Fortunately methyldopa is working just about as well for me – the only downside is I have to take it twice a day.

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