Okay,, here's the low down. My blood pressure has been picture perfect my entire life (quite to the surprise of most health care professionals, considering I'm well in to the Obese category of BMI). Including all the way through this pregnancy, my first, up until 30 weeks.
Previously, my blood pressure was always 120/80, pretty much right on the dot every time. But before my 30 week midwife appointment, it was really hot out and I had a ton of errands to do so I was exhausted and voerheated and a bit stressed when I got to my appointment. That day my blood pressure was 124/84. Now, my midwife is a bit anti-fat and I feel a bit like she was waiting for something to go wrong. She made a big deal about the slight rise in blood pressure. In my head I wrote it off as her over reacting.
But, it bothered me. And it began to bother me more and more until I finally did some reading on it. I think that only got me more worked up, to the point that for my 32 week appt today, I was completely stressed out about my blood pressure. And of course my blood pressure was higher - systolic was at least, at 140/80.
So now, I have a bunch of questions. First of all, what will it actually mean for me and for the baby if my blood pressure stays high? What should I be worried about and watching for? What can I do to try to lower my blood pressure? Herbs, supplements, exercises, acupuncture? Any information or personal experiences would be much appreciated!