Post # 1
I had my first appt at the antenatal clinic yesterday and met with the midwife for the first time. When she took my blood pressure, it was awfully low at 80/40. She was a bit concerned but said unless I start fainting, it’s nothing to really worry about.
Now I’ve always had low blood pressure – it usually hovers right around 100/60 or just below and I’ve never had any problems with it. At my 8 week appt with my GP, it was 92/56 and now at 13 weeks, it’s 80/40.
I have noticed that I’ve been getting awfully lightheaded at times – usually in the evenings or if I’m standing for more than a few minutes at a time (walking though doesn’t bother me, it’s just standing around that does). Evenings are getting a bit rough as the lightheaded feeling comes quite frequently and lasts for a while.
Does anyone have any tips for how I can get my blood pressure back up a bit? I just hate this lightheaded feeling and it makes me a bit nervous when I’m out and about running errands.
Post # 3
Oh wow that does seem awfully low… mine has always been low too and I’ve read that during pregnancy your blood pressure gets lower. I don’t really have any tips on how to raise your blood pressure, but since you have been feeling lightheaded you could call your doctor and ask her what she thinks you should do. That seems like the best thing to me.
Post # 4
You sound just like me. I always have low bp, but it seemed to get lower throughout pregnancy. I didn’t faint at all, but right around 38 weeks I had a low bp ‘spell’ which gave me a lot of aymptoms of preeclampsia (blurry vision, etc). I immidiately called my provider who told me to eat a salty snack to raise my bp. Worked like a charm. So I wouldn’t overdo it on the salt, but it does help raise your bp if you’re not feeling so great.
Post # 5
@L2sweetpea: Interesting…. I have been craving potato chips the past few days like you wouldn’t believe! I hardly ever eat them so this craving has been really strange, but they have tasted oh so good, especially the ones at the bottom of the bag that are the saltiest. I think I’ll start looking at ways to slightly increase the salt intake in my diet in a healthier manner, much as I’m enjoying those potato chips right now! 🙂
@WiLLowTreE: Thanks for that – I actually will be heading into my doctor early next week so I will be sure to mention it with him and see what my Bridal Party is that day. Hopefully just a bit higher – back in the 90s/60s would be good. We shall see.