I'm in precisely the same boat! I've been on bedrest here for a week now, because when I'm up and about my pressure was rising to 140/100, but when I lie on my left side for a recheck it drops to 120/68.
The hospital cutoff for medicating a number (without other symptoms such as visual change, headache, abdominal pain, low platelets) is 160/110.
It's so frustrating, and the emotional response doesn't help.
I'm so sick of eggs, and chicken, and with the enforced rest my appetite has tanked.
I'm on the cucumbers and extra calcium and protein and water, too. And raw beets. And baths in epsom salts were recommended - the magnesium is beneficial. My amazonian frame doesn't really fit in my bathtub, though. I can sit in it in a pike stretch position, but the water just barely covers my thighs.
I've had the bloodwork last week, and drawn again today to make sure it all still looks good, or maybe improving with the stricter diet. No swelling, headache, visual changes, or abdominal pain... but we're not really sure how well I'll tolerate labor. I don't tolerate stairs too well. I'm hoping that the fact that we have a superdeep birthing pool (Aquadoula) will help. Immersion up to the neck in water is proven to significantly drop blood pressure in pregnant women, day after day with strong and persistent effect. So we've scrubbed out and set up our mothballed Softub and tonight I'll get to take my first soak - set to 88 degrees and I'll just loll around in there for 30 minutes to push all my blood more centrally so I can pee it out.
Try some extra hypnobabies - relaxation can have great effect on blood pressure, too!
I'm thinking of you - keep us posted. I'm so grouchy with this enforced rest. I'm nearly 39 weeks and have been nursing my toddler, demanding semen deposits from my husband (not at the same time), and hoping to get this done SOON.
full time student, crunchy wife to my woodsy man, and mom to 2 homebirthed, cloth diapered, tandem breastfed kiddos.