My name is Morel and I'm totally new to the forum. I am 31 years old and am 30 weeks pregnant with my first child (a girl!). Everything had been going perfectly with my pregnancy (except for the food aversions early-on but that was mostly over by week 15) until about week 23 when my blood pressure numbers started going up and I have now been labeled "high risk". I have been receiving prenatal care from the local birthing center, but the midwives tell me that my chances are thin for having a birth-center-birth if this trend continues. I NEED HELP!!!
So my bp has mostly been in the 130's/80's, but has occasionally gotten over 140/90. I've been told that, as long as it stays in this range, I will not be forced to take bp medication. If I do have to take medication, I will have to birth in the hospital, which I'm trying to avoid. Not to mention, I REALLY don't want to put any chemicals in my body as I haven't even taken as much as a Tylenol my whole pregnancy. In fact, I've been mostly following this diet: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers
BUT, apparently my borderline hypertension has been damaging enough to slow the growth of our DD (she's about a week behind - in the 5th percentile, according to their estimates) and produce elevated levels of protein in my urine (330 mg in 24 hr collection). So far, my blood work has been fine. I will be going back for another ultrasound and have all the testing done again around 32 weeks. The high risk clinic wants to see that our DD has at least caught up enough to be in the 10th percentile, or there's talk of an early induction as she will be labeled as "growth restricted". And, of course, I will have to give birth in the hospital in this scenario, too. Not to mention, our DD may have to be premature and be in NICU - definitely NOT the route we want to go!
How did this happen? A perfect pregnancy (and both my DH and I ate/lived well even before conception), with only wholesome/organic/pastured/nutrient-dense foods, and high hopes of a totally natural birth-center-birth, and now it's looking like a hospital birth (and possibly lots of intervention) is almost a certain reality! I've been trying to rest as much as I can (and have taken naps daily the whole pregnancy) and do yoga/light walking regularly, and eat as well as I can, but nothing seems to be bringing down my bp numbers. All this wonderful nutrition just can't get to my baby - it's SO frustrating! They've determined it's my heart that is overworking but that my blood vessels are more than spacious. Any advice on how I can turn this around naturally???
Thanks SO much!