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<p>Anyone having blood pressure issues?</p>
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<p>At every single one of my prenatal appts my blood pressure is always high normal. One time (after crying for 3 hrs before an appt, really bad day at work) my blood pressure was severe hypertension and my midwife made me lay down for an hour and rest in her office, talk about it and do some breathing exercise. She got a much lower reading. However, since then, it's always been high normal and I get so nervous that this (combined with my swelling) are going to raise red flags. I think I freak myself out and cause the readings to be higher. I have never had high bp in my life and eat a healthy, well balanced diet.</p>
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<p>Anyway, after my appt today (where my BP was 140/80) I am determined that it's not <em>really </em>high and have decided to start monitoring my BP at home myself and reporting to my midwife (along with letting her take it too, of course). I bought a cuff this afternoon and took it myself with a reading of 125/80. This made me feel a lot better.</p>
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<p>Anyone else? For some reason I am so stressed that something is going to happen to prevent me from having my home birth. I don't know why, it's so stupid, but I'm so stressed. Maybe I need to start some prenatal yoga or something. <img alt="smile.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_8_1321401662151_168" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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<p>Do you think some of that stress/anxiety might be causing you to have high bp when you go for appointments?  The reading you took at home was significantly lower which makes me think that there might be some other factor causing your bp to go up.  I think monitoring it at home is a good idea.</p>
 

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<p>I definitely think I have some sort of "white coat" syndrome as I call it. I get totally nervous when I'm there over my BP. It's odd, because I love my midwife and I'm very comfortable with her. At first I used to think her students were just bad at it <img alt="orngtongue.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_8_1321403263843_164" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif"> but she gets high readings like that, too. I'm glad that she's open and trusts me to take it myself at home. It's still so weird though, I've never had this happen with previous pregnancies... even when I had OB's that I hated. </p>
 

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<p>My doula group was just talking about this...one doula had a client who was experiencing bp readings on the high side <strong>only</strong> at appointment like you, so they practiced breathing exercises to relax and bring down the bp. The mom to be would arrive to appts 10-15 minutes early, sometimes with the doula, and would do the breathing exercises in the car before the appt and that helped her get a lower bp reading. Maybe you could try that and/also a hypnosis cd.</p>
 

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<p>I had high blood pressure with my son, 1st pregnancy, from 22 weeks until after I delivered him.  I was put on medication once it was consistantly over 150/90, but anything below that my dr. wasn't really worried about.  I checked my BP every day and it was always higher at my drs appts. This time around I've been doing better, I started out low and at 24 weeks it did bump up at home to 140/85, which is still ok to be unmedicated, but we're watching it closer now.  OFcourse, it was so much higher at my midwife's office, 160/95, I'm being switched to an obgyn, which we were trying to avoid, but knew it could be coming.  Of course it's been great since my appointment...I think it was just a fluke thing.  Really as long as the bottom # stays under 90, I wouldn't worry too much.  Hang in there, we don't have too much longer to go!</p>
 

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<p>I have been taking it at home and getting consistently lower readings than my midwife, so that must be the issue. My bottom # is always in the 80's. I have had a higher reading here and there (usually 140's) but it was at a time you could say I wasn't exactly "relaxed". My midwife wasn't really concerned (her students more were, but she always tells them "it's normal for her!"), but it had been bothering me as I didn't experience this before. </p>
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<p>Maybe it's the anticipation of three boys <img alt="dizzy.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321791040888_162" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/dizzy.gif"> <img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321791040888_300" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif"></p>
 
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