Ways to increase blood *PRESSURE* (I can't seem to edit the title typo)
I have always suspected that I suffer from mitral valve prolapse (seems to run in the family). In case you are unfamiliar, all you need to know is that I have low blood pressure, I'm often dizzy and faint, I seem to feel tired just about all of the time. I've mentioned these symptoms to doctors ever since I was in high school, but low blood pressure is celebrated and never cause for concern for them. Nobody's ever gotten to the bottom of my fatigue.
Well, at 28 wks pregnant and with a toddler, I'm just about to lose my mind. I am so incredibly tired. I can't do anything. My doctor suggested drinking tons and tons of water to increase my low blood volume...but I am peeing literally every 15-20 minutes and it makes it impossible to run errands. (Unless they have that seat that is attached to the wall...I can't take my toddler into the bathroom, especially with a full cart of groceries). I am so uncomfortable because I always feel like I have to pee (it's not bladder pressure from the baby, it's just all this damn liquid). I don't WANT to drink all of this water. It's not helping and it's totally annoying.
Anyone know of ways to support the increasing blood volume or increase blood pressure or get rid of constant fatigue? I tend to be a really healthy eater and take a few supplements. All of these foods and supplements tout how they can "lower your blood pressure". *rolls eyes* But, how can I RAISE my blood pressure?!?! Sometimes coffee is all I can do to raise it a little and get going. I worry about it while pregnant. I often have 1 cup a day or a medium at Starbucks that is half decaf.
***some supplement info that might be helpful***
I take chlorella thinkning that would make my blood more efficient? And help with iron. (and yet, I still crave ice which they say is related to low iron). And I take vit C (sodium ascorbate powdered form) hoping to combat possible adrenal fatigue. Probably about 3,000 mg a day.
Edited by Dot-to-Dot - 3/6/11 at 9:49am