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<p>So yesterday I saw my midwife for my 24 week appointment.  My blood pressure was 160/95, way too high <span><img alt="gloomy.gif" height="25" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/gloomy.gif" width="15"></span> I've been watching it go up for the last week but this is the highest it's been.  I knew that this could happen as I have a history of gentational hypertension with my first pregnancy, it started right at 24 weeks, so I'm not surprised, just so disapointed. I had a rough pregnancy with my first and was hoping this one would be different, but it's not meant to be.  So I'm being transfered to a high risk OBGYN who will monitor me closely for preeclampsia and all the other complications that can come from gentational hypertension.  This OBGYN is pro VBAC, but I cannot really be induced.  I had to be induced with my son because my BP got too high, it took a lot of pitocin to get my fully dialated, but still ended up with a c-section.  But with the previous c-sec I can't have very much pitocin.  So if I can keep my bp down until I go into labor on my own I still have a chance.  That may take lots of medication and bed rest, which I'm willing to do, but now my chances of a VBAC are very slim.  Not to mention the dr will give me a much harder time about my first baby being 10 lbs. Anyone have experience with a VBAC and high blood pressure?  Would love to hear some positive stories! Thanks for the support ladies!</p>
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<p>So I went to see the obgyn yesterday and my BP was normal, not even a little high.  I've been taking it at home and it was only high for those 2 weeks and has been normal ever since.  So weird, I do think my chiro has a lot to do with it because he has been working on me for blood pressure stuff. Anyways, I emailed my midwife and begged to be able to come back.  Even if it is just for a little while,. I can' t stand the unpersonable experience you get at most obgyns offices.  So she said yes! As long as my bp stays down, I can stay.  So we are back on track and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my bp stays down for the last 12 weeks!</p>
 

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<p>Nevermind.<br><br>
Good luck, I hope everything works out.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Right of Passage</strong> <a href="/community/t/1334397/come-cry-with-me-as-my-vbac-plans-go-down-the-drain#post_16722486"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Did you try <a href="http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/" target="_blank">http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/</a> yet? I have a sweet friend who's first birth turned very high risk due to high BP/pre-e, her second pregnancy she did the above diet and no BP issues and a sweet homebirth.</p>
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<br><br><p>The Brewer Diet has not been proven and may be dangerous as it stresses the kidneys.  There are several women on the Preeclampsia Foundation that followed the Brewer Diet to the letter and developed pre-term severe preeclampsia and even eclampsia and HELLP.</p>
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<p>OP, I am sorry you are going through this.  I had severe pre-e with both of my pregnancies.</p>
 

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<p>Nannybutterfly - I am so sorry!  <span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"></span></p>
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<p>That must be really hard.  As I've been posting in other threads, I'm pretty worried about whether or not I'll get my VBAC or not.  So, I can appreciate some of what you are going through.  If I were you, I would not give up on my VBAC at this point.  I would focus on doing everything you can so that you are feeling well and healthy and then as you get closer to due date, begin to negotiate about VBAC. </p>
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<p>How are you feeling physically?  How is the baby doing?  Are you going to go on meds to help control your blood pressure ?</p>
 
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<p>Sorry, crashing! There was a study recently that showed a low dose of ASA can help prevent pre-e... it might be too late to make a difference, but maybe you could ask if it would hurt to try? <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19941706" target="_blank">Link.</a></p>
 

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<p>Thanks ladies for all the suggestions.  I have looked into tons of different studies and information on preeclampsia.  But I think it's the kind of thing where it's different for every woman and every pregnancy.  And they still can't really figure out why it happens.  I've heard about the diet before, even tried it for a while last pregnancy, but it didn't seem to make a difference.  The only thing that really helps is rest and blood pressure medication.  I'm really not scared at all about the preeclampsia or gestational hypertension.  I feel like it's a road I've been down before and I know the symptoms to look for and when to go to the hospital.  My midwife/obgyn are both giving me the right tests to screen for preeclampsia so I feel good about all that. I'm really just so sad that my VBAC chances are going down, a lot.  I also want to have a large family, we would love to have 6 children.  But I don't think I can have 6 c-sections.  <span><img alt="greensad.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif" width="15"></span> I feel like the child that really wants to be a professional athlete, but just isn't that good at the sport.  I really want to have lots of babies, but my body just isn't good at it, but there's not much I can do to make it better.  That said, parsely is right, I can't give up yet and I'm willing to fight for my VBAC all the way to the end.  My chiro still thinks I have a good shot and is working with me so that the baby will be in a good position for a VBAC, which is something we didn't do with DS. Crossing my fingers that it works. Just got to keep my BP stable! Thanks ladies!<span><img alt="grouphug.gif" height="25" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" width="41"></span></p>
 
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<p><span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif">  that really sucks.  i am glad you are in a position to be able to get bedrest if you need it, though.  that can help. </span></p>
<p>i hope you can get it under control, it sounds like you're doing everything you can.  treat yourself well, mama.</p>
 

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<p>I haven't had this personally, but a good friend of mine has struggled with BP as well as kidneys and is trying for a VBAC this time. Her kidneys are again spilling protein, but her MW has let her test her pressure outside of the office and it has been fine each time, yet whenever she takes it in office, it skyrockets. With this pregnancy I noticed that my BP is higher than previous. After one appt with it literally sky high (very stressful incident happened right before my appt) I am now always nervous and it is borderline hypertension each time. Anyway, just a thought. </p>
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<p>I'm so sorry you're having this issue <img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif">Definitely rest and do what you can. I will definitely be thinking of you and hoping for you. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nannybutterfly</strong> <a href="/community/t/1334397/come-cry-with-me-as-my-vbac-plans-go-down-the-drain#post_16723300"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a> I also want to have a large family, we would love to have 6 children.  But I don't think I can have 6 c-sections.  <span><img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span> I feel like the child that really wants to be a professional athlete, but just isn't that good at the sport.  I really want to have lots of babies, but my body just isn't good at it, but there's not much I can do to make it better. </div>
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<div class="quote-block">My chiro still thinks I have a good shot and is working with me so that the baby will be in a good position for a VBAC, which is something we didn't do with DS. Crossing my fingers that it works. Just got to keep my BP stable! Thanks ladies!<span><img alt="grouphug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="width:41px;height:25px;"></span></div>
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<br><br><p>Your first words up here just are so tender and raw.  I can hear your dreams out loud in this.  Love to you, mama in this precious vision you have.</p>
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<p>When you mentioned the part of babe's position, it struck with something I was thinking about.  Baby's position, keeping contractions going once they are going, etc...would be part of that list of things you can attempt to work with.  BP is just one part of the bigger picture.  There are other variables to work with, eh? There are certain things that you cannot control or have as part of your birth plan (no Pit for induction) but there is a whole other long list of things that you can control and can have as part of your birth plan.  Can you do Evening Primrose Oil taken orally starting at a certain number of weeks to help soften your cervix up, for example?  And, apply it vaginally at a certain point in the pregnancy?  Things like that may be so helpful to working with your body in ways that are safe and effective for a natural sort of induction.  There is a lot of info out there that you already know how to sort through about pre-e so maybe researching natural ways for getting ready for labor would absolve some of your worries and solve some of the concerns. </p>
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<p>Having a solid plan if a C-section birth does become necessary can alleviate lots of the worries, too.  There may be a way to get that babe straight to ya as soon as possible and protect your breastfeeding and bonding relationship since you will know ahead of time that you need to give birth this way.  Instead of it being an emergency, there can be a plan in place that your health care professionals are very familiar with and committed to so you can have it honored. </p>
 

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<p>I'm so sorry that your bp is running so high.  Hopefully, the bedrest will do wonders and that there is still a chance for the VBAC.  Sending you positive thoughts and hoping for the best outcome for you!</p>
 

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<p>Updated my first post!</p>
 

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<p>whoa!!! HAPPY DANCE FOR YOU! <span><img alt="joy.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321557146105_161" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>Fantastic news! I sincerely hope that you lead the most boring and stress free life for the next 12 weeks, and are able to succeed with the birth that you want. :)</p>
 

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<p>Awesome update! I'm so happy for you! <img alt="broc1.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321561321292_300" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/broc1.gif"><img alt="carrot.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321561321292_445" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/carrot.gif"> (because nothing conveys good blood pressure like dancing veggies)</p>
 

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<p>That's an AWESOME update!!!!  A huge congratulations to you!!!</p>
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<p>Thank you ladies!!! I have been doing that happy veggie dance all day! <span><img alt="broc1.gif" height="35" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321594265162_164" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/broc1.gif" width="33"></span><span><img alt="carrot.gif" height="35" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321594265162_300" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/carrot.gif" width="33"></span><span><img alt="broc1.gif" height="35" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321594265162_437" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/broc1.gif" width="33"></span>I do plan on trying to lay low and be stress-free, besides the week long trip we are taking on Sat to visit my parents for Thanksgiving...more nervous about how my 18 month old will do, than how my BP will do <span>but I'm excited to see my family<img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" height="24" id="user_yui_3_4_1_7_1321594265162_565" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" width="19"></span></p>
 

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<p>Great news!  Have a good Thanksgiving break!</p>
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