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m really sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> my blood pressure has been creeping up in the past week or so. today it was 140/95. will this ruin my chances for homebirth?<br><br>
has anyone gone on bed rest and then was still able to have their homebirth?
 

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Not necessarily! Have you talked to your mw about it? There are things you can do to bring your pressure down....make sure you're getting enough protein, salt, and water, take some extra calcium and magnesium, eat tons of walnuts, take raw garlic every day, eat your greens, walk or do other mild exercise, relaxation/visualization, acupressure....<br><br>
Elevated bp late in pregnancy is normal to some extent and does not by itself indicate pre-eclampsia. You just need a good consult with your mw, and start doing everything you can to relax your bp, if you're not already. Maybe this is an anomaly - have you had a stressful week?
 

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thanks for the reassuring words, jen. my readings have been fine so far. in the past week i started taking benadryl more frequently, so i'm wondering if that might be a contributing factor. i also stopped commuting by bike this week because of comfort reasons. i work at an inner-city school, so most of my weeks are stressful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i'm going into my mw tomorrow - and i'm sure that my worrying about pre-e and a hospital birth is not helping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
all great tips on lowering the BP. i'll have to looking into it!
 

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This may very well be the culprit. My mother can't take Benedryl or else it shoots her BP way up. Thats why there are special antihisthimines for people with blood pressure probs.<br><br>
I think you may have hit on it all by yourself :)<br><br>
I hope you get your planned homebirth!
 

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Your protein level needs to be at least 70-100 grams daily & deep water submersion will help too! (Gentle birth archives). You can go to a heated pool or your tub up to your neck to get that submersion.<br><br>
Good luck mama!! We want you to have the birth of your dreams!!
 

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I had some BP problems with Trixie, nearly risked myself out of a homebirth.<br>
Anyhow eat lots of cucumber and celery. And alfalfa tea, or add it to your RRL tea.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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ask your mw what she thinks about dark chocolate & red wine. Together or apart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Even if you just have like 1 inch of wine in the evening to relax after your stressful day, I bet it would help. And I seem to remember reading somewhere about chocolate helping to prevent pre-e.<br><br>
Think positive, you <b>will</b> have that homebirth!
 
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