So I am 33 weeks. This is my 5th baby and (I am hoping) my 4th homebirth. I had my prenatal examine yesterday and my BP is 136 over 84. The last couple visits I have been trending up -- 128 over 74 and before that 124 over 76. My midwife has been very calm about the situation, in fact, she hasn't really mentioned it until this visit. I have never had anything close to HBP in pregnancy or anytime else. I don't believe the top number gets over about 110...... ever. My blood pressure reading 4 visits ago was 96 over 54. That number is typical.
So my midwife asked me to have my BP checked in about a week. She said we don't want 140 over 90 or more. I asked about what I could do to help and she was very...... vague. She mentioned something about eating protein and generally trying to take care of myself. Can I help this situation or do I just have to wait and see what my body does? My husband and I thought reducing my sodium couldn't hurt -- I eat lots of salty foods cheese, bacon, you name it. We also thought drinking more water? I have read cucumbers can help??? Garlic?? I will eat lots of protein. Do I need to exercise more? Or should I concentrate on resting? I have varicose veins on my left side... I am wearing my compression stocking (even though they itch like CRAZY). The swelling really goes down when I wear them faithfully and I am sure it improves blood flow, although I don't know if this translates into helping my BP.
Does this make sense? Is there anything else I should be doing? Should I not be doing any of these things? Does it matter what I do? Am I just making myself crazier? I am a bit panicky about not birthing at home. Please, any help.