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#1 of 12 Old 12-14-2007, 03:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't post much on the board but I really need everyone's prayers.

My BP has been creeping upwards for the last 2 months and now I have protein in my urine and headaches which are pre-e symptoms. I'm only 33 weeks along and I really want this baby to hang out out a little longer.

Your good thoughts and and any suggestions are more than welcome right now.

TIA ladies.

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Sending you calming BP vibes!

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Sending you healthy, calm vibes.

Have you tried a magnesium supplement? It did wonders for my last pregnancy when my bp was creeping up. I used Natural Calm and I swear by it.

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Sending you healthy, calm vibes.

Have you tried a magnesium supplement? It did wonders for my last pregnancy when my bp was creeping up. I used Natural Calm and I swear by it.
I'm taking 30 mg a day in my prenatal supplement. How much more should I take?
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I struggle with BP issues all my last 2 preg and seem to be keeping them in control this time.

Have you checked out blueribbonbaby.org? (the brewer diet). I follow a kinda personalized version of this. Tons of people swear by it.

One of my big triggers seems to be not enough protein. My goal is 80-100 g of protein a day and I was doing good until the last 2 weeks, I just can't eat enough right now, so I am starting to eat high protein meal replacement bars (20 grams prot) as a snack to get enough. I can really tell the difference if I slack off.

Ca/Mg/Zn supplement is really important too. you want about 1000 mg of Ca, the Mg and Zn are also needed to complement it - the Mg is also really important in keeping BP down.

If I feel crappy or my BP is edging up I take a bath (at least 30 min) with a couple of cups of empsom salts dissolved in it. The combination of the water being absorbed and the Mg in the salts really helps.

WATER is really important. IF you are dehydrated AT ALL your BP will automatically go up. I drink prob close to a gallon of water/day. I often drink a midmorning "energy drink" of a big glass of water (quart jar) 2 packets of emergen-C and a couple scoops of an all natural powdered gater-aid mix. This seems to really help, esp when I am feeling thirsty (I get dehydrated very easily normally, so this may be more water then you usually drink).. I was reading something the other day (sorry can't remember what) but it recommended you take your weight in lbs, then drink that many OZ of water/day. I am a big person, so I don't drink quite this much, but I try to use it as my upper goal.

Sorry this go long, But I hope it helps.

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(((low BP vibes)))
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I'm taking 30 mg a day in my prenatal supplement. How much more should I take?

The cool things is that your body will get rid of any excess mag on its own. The Natural Calm starts you out at a relatively low dose and says to increase dosage until your bowels are comfortably soft. So, ahem, you will know if you have taken too much mag. LOL I would start with a tsp and see how it goes. I played around with the dosage and found a comfortable one that lowered my bp without causing my bowels to be way, way soft.

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Some great advice on this thread. (((hugs))) mama!
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I had high BP with my 1st pregnancy and since we wanted a homebirth for this one, I've done a lot to keep it steady.

The Brewer diet I think has been the most helpful for me. I basically just eat as much protein as I can and everything else is secondary.

Calc/mag supplements, I was taking 2000mg of calcium, 1000mg mag daily.

Garlic supplements, I take 9 - 600mg tablets daily. I also take Cayenne supplements.

With all these things put together, my BP has been super steady for this whole pregnancy.

Also, make sure you are getting some exercise too, good luck, I know how stressful it can be!
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Thank you for all your answers.

I was in the hospital last night with a blinding migraine, nausea and a bp of 196/108. They did an NST and the baby is fine but I'm on modified bed rest right now.

I am eating lots of protein, will start cal/mag supplements tomorrow and am drinking lots of water but I'm still spilling protein and the headache hasn't gone away yet.

I just need sticky vibes to make sure this baby hangs out for 3 more weeks.

Thanks again for all the kind thoughts and advice.
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