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High blood pressure second pregnancy and insomnia

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I had preeclampsia with my son who is now 2.5. Came early but is doing great :) My first doc appt this pregnancy showed high blood pressure 130/88 and it has caused me anxiety and major insomnia. I'm wondering if anyone has taken anxiety/insomnia meds to help cope with this. This past week, I've had three nights where I haven't slept at all. The other nights have been ok. Please help, I am desperate! Will be calling my doc this morning to see what I can do about this. If anyone has any suggestions/experience with this please help! thank you.

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Anything you can do to relieve some stress would probably help-yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, etc.  Bendadryl is generally considered safe during pregnancy.  Taking that could work if it helps you sleep.  Getting some sleep might make a big difference. 

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Magnesium will help with both preeclampsia and sleep. Many of us are deficient. 400 -600 mg of Magnesium Citrate before bed. Also helps with constipation!
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Magnesium is my BFF when pregnant. It helps whenever I start getting leg or foot cramps at night and def helps with the constipation. I also have the pregnancy insomnia. I know Unisom is a catagory A drug in pregnancy but I didn't find it helpful in my first tri.

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This website says Unisom is safe.  http://www.ehow.com/facts_5486587_taking-unisom-pregnant.html  I took it during my first trimester because I heard it was often used for morning sickness.  It helped me sleep, but I wouldn't be able to take it during the day because I would fall asleep.

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This website says Unisom is safe.  http://www.ehow.com/facts_5486587_taking-unisom-pregnant.html  I took it during my first trimester because I heard it was often used for morning sickness.  It helped me sleep, but I wouldn't be able to take it during the day because I would fall asleep.

 

Website is correct, it is probably one of the best studied drugs in pregnancy because of the Bendectin scare.

 

tash123, maybe acupuncture would be helpful?

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I would just like to point out that while the advice above may be great for lowering blood pressure it may or may not be applicable in the case of pregnancy. 

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tash123 - I was having some anxiety related insomnia earlier this pregnancy, and my MW recommends 3mg of melatonin.  I found it really helped.

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OP, how were you feeling when they took your blood pressure?

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