I have a feeling I am going to be permanently risked out of home birth after my experience with my first (4 months old).
Background info: about halfway through my pregnancy, my OB said my BP had been repeatedly on the high side on and off over the course of the appointments. (120/80-150/95) I began taking my BP at home and it was usually below 120/80, sometimes in the 120s/80s. So I was monitored more closely, my BP seemed to settle down to 120s/80s at visits. Nearer the end it was creeping up again at appointments, and was more often above 120/80 at home, and eventually I was getting some readings at home of 130s/90s, but some normal as well. I was tested several times for protein in my urine and there was never an indication of pre-E, I was on home bed rest. At the end of my pregnancy I was alternating (at the dr. office) between readings of 120s/80s to as high as 160/90s. I was scheduled to be induced at 38w4d. I had an appointment that day, and my BP in the office was 160/130. Terrifyingly high. I was already in early labor (on my own) at the time of this appointment, and readings at home that day had been much lower, maybe 120s-130s/80s. I went to the hospital immediately, where thankfully my BP was at its highest 130s/80s, and during the vast majority of my labor, between 110/70 and 120/80.
I fear I have chronic high BP, since the problem was already present in early pregnancy. Then again, I am not sure if it is only "white coat" high BP since during the majority of my pregnancy it was normal at home. I also got much lower readings at other doctor's offices (I swear my OB's BP machine hated me).
Anyway, I was disappointed that my natural birth plan didn't work out like I had hoped, and before I knew I was having an issue with BP, I had been considering home birth. Did anyone have hypertension in one pregnancy but not in a subsequent one? How high is too high for a home birth? Obviously I want to be safe and I'm expecting to require a hospital birth with future pregnancies but with my home readings and my readings at the hospital I just wonder how much of a problem there actually was...