The past couple weeks my already low blood pressure has been dipping down into the danger zone. I check it a few times a week - 94/48 was my last. It's definitely taking the "honeymoon" out of the "2nd trimester honeymoon" concept; I can hardly move! I get dogged headaches that go on for days and days, and have fainted twice. Yesterday I went ahead and ate a SERIOUS quantity of salt, and felt much better. However, I can't help but suspect that ODing on salt is not the world's best way to deal with this. Any suggestions? Any other ladies have experience with this? And at what point exactly is it supposed to start going back up? I am finding conflicting information - some (including my doctor) say after 20 weeks while others say during the 3rd trimester. I'm 17.5 weeks at the moment. I'd like to feel a little more alive sooner than later!
Low Blood Pressure
When I was in the hospital it was horrible because they would wake me from a sleep to take my bp and it would be in the 70's or 80's. so then 3 people had to come in to take my bp until I woke up enough for it to be in the 90's and them to let me go back to sleep if I could.
Hmm, not sure, but I do know that headaches are really common right around now... I thought I was getting a sinus infection until I realized it's just that time of the pregnancy where I get a daily headache. I have no great advice other than if salt helps, I'd do it. I don't think salt is the demon we've been told it is (but I do prefer "Real Salt"). And I take tylenol for the headaches - it may not be popular, but I'd rather take a few tylenol and drink a little caffeine than spend all day going off on my poor kids. :(
All that to say, aside from being a little dizzy if I stood up too quickly, it wasn't a problem.
If you are finding it problematic, my understanding is that Hawthorne is good for BP regulation (not just lowering a high BP). Ask your midwife what she thinks.
Thanks for the replies! It's becoming manageable again as I approach week 20, but the past month or so definitely surprised me. I've heard so many stories and warnings about high blood pressure in pregnancy, I never expected this. Still, I am very curious about the Hawthorne. I have a dear friend who is an herbalist, and he made me a Hawthorne tincture a few years ago for my heart (in the literal and poetic sense). I really enjoyed taking it and felt that it opened me up to loving life more. I haven't fooled around with too many herbs since being pregnant, but recently have felt like researching how to safely get back into my old habits of experimenting with teas and tinctures. I'm starting to miss being my own guinea pig!