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I had my 29wk visit yesterday, and suddenly my BP was high. 130/100! Up until now it had been 120/70 at every visit, maybe 120/80 once. I did have one high reading when I was about 16 weeks, but it was more like 140/90 and probably caused by coughing and hacking from my allergies.<br><br>
The midwife took my bp about 5 times, used a larger cuff, made me sit and relax before she retook it and then tried again at the end of the appt after we sat and talked. No dice, still high. She said the top number is great, but the bottom number is really strange. I have no other symptoms of pre-eclampsia and she said I am one of her 'healthiest moms' aside from this bp thing. She said she is quite sure it will end up being either a renegade high reading or just run of the mill hypertension because she doesn't see that pre-ecl. is likely in my case. (God I hope she's right) So, of course we are watching it.<br><br>
I am taking hawthorne berry capsules based on her recommendation, but I am not clear on how many I should take. anyone have any experience with this? Also, I am laying on my left side to rest as much as I can. Are tehre any other things I can do to help my BP? I am already following the brewer diet, and I get between 90-120g of non-animal protein a day.<br><br>
I really do feel that stress plays a huge part in this (that is a whole different post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> ) and I am trying t take walks and practice the deep breathing I learned at bradley class when I feel stressed. I hope that helps too.<br><br>
Thanks for any help/advice you may have!
 

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You probably just had a renegade high BP, as your midwife says. It's best if neither of you make a big deal about it until you get several consistently high readings or you see other symptoms like unusual swelling, spilling protien in your urine, etc. If you start worrying about it now, the next time she takes your BP it will probably be high just from the anticipation and worrying! It's a vicious cycle.<br><br>
Now, if it does turn out after further investigation that your bp is elevated (which is fairly common) there are some therapies to try. Water immersion in a pool or deep bath up to your neck is helpful when done daily. You are doing the Brewer diet, so you know that is good insurance against pre-eclampsia. Dandelion greens and cucumbers are good bp-moderating foods, and dandelion root and red raspberry leaf teas are also helpful. Add some calcium-magnesium powder to your tea, it's a good allover stress reliever for your body in pregnancy. [Sorry, not sure how many hawthorn berry capsules you should take.]<br><br>
When I had borderline high BP in my last pregnancy my midwife sent me to a chiropractor and the adjustments helped a lot. An acupuncturist is a good person to go to as well.<br><br>
Make sure when you get your bp done next time you are sitting up with both feet flat on the floor and have the midwife allow you to quiet your mind and body before she takes it. I was always getting my bp taken reclining on the couch, and somebody on here told me to sit this way, and I had the lowest bp of my entire pg, 112/60! Normally it's 130/80. So try it.<br><br>
That's all I can think of right now--hope some of it will be helpful to you. Good luck with your pregnancy!
 

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i was very healthy when i became pg with dd - biked 10+ miles a day, ate well, etc. i still ended up with high bp at the end of pregnancy, and severe swelling. one of my midwives last time was very kind about it saying PIH was my "body's way of saying its getting a bit tired of being pregnant."<br><br>
PIH is very much a first time mom thing - 95% of cases are 1st time moms. no one really understands why, but homones, stress, diet, etc all play a part, i think.<br><br>
despite being my second pregnancy and knowing my chances of PIH were very low, i still did everything i could to avoid it happening again. here are some of the things that i think have helped:<br><br>
+ LOTS of PROTEIN (60+ grams a day)<br>
+ LOTS of WATER (a gallon, if you can do it)<br>
+ <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41036" target="_blank">pregnancy tea</a><br>
+ greens (kale, chard, collards)<br>
+ cucumbers<br>
+ lemon or cucumber slices in your drinking water<br>
+ walking and swimming<br>
+ laying on left side w/ legs above heart level<br>
+ light, brushing massage (not deep muscle)<br>
+ warm bath w/ sea salts<br>
(with these last two - use peppermint and grapefruit essential oils to stimulate circulation)<br>
+ avoid refined sugars<br>
+ avoid caffeine<br>
+ avoid too much salt (some is okay)<br>
+ avoid sitting for long periods of time<br><br>
you should also check out <a href="http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/" target="_blank">the blue ribbon baby website</a> and 'ina may's guide to childbirth', since she talks some about high bp in her book.
 

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we were posting at the same time, halah. i could not agree more! i had one renegade high bp reading two appts ago...and my bp came right back down, but WOW did it stress me out. at the next appt, my bp was okay again...but i asked my midwife "um, so how am i supposed to keep my bp down at my appointments when i'm SOOO worried and stressed about my bp being up at my appointments????"<br><br>
doing all the stuff listed above has given me a sense of control...knowing that i am doing what i can, and that the rest is up to nature. i also try to get to my appointments early and sit in the bathroom for a while to clear my mind and just think about this baby growing inside me. this has helped too. at the last appt, when i was so nervous, i actually asked that they not take my bp right away...that i have some time to sit and chat first, and therefor think about things other than my bp, before they took a reading...
 

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Exercise and diet are the main things. Daily exercise will lower your BP.<br><br>
Avoid caffeine, red meat, animal fats, excess sugars and simple carbs...<br><br>
Take 1000-2000 mg of EFA's daily (flax, hemp, DHA, etc)~ this will help!
 

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Have them take your BP while your lying on your left side. My BP was coming up 136/94 at my midwives (and the cut off for me to homebirth with them is 150/90). I was freaked! She had me lay on my left side for about 5 minutes and retook it while I was laying like that. It was 100/70. My "normal" readings in earlier pregnancy were usually 117/71. So that was MUCH better. Helped my anxiety as well to see the numbers so much lower.
 

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I had PIH/preeclampsia when I was pregnant with my son and the <a href="http://www.blueribbonbaby.org" target="_blank">http://www.blueribbonbaby.org</a> diet really helped me! It kept my blood pressure down alot. I did still have protein in my urine but was better than when I was just eating how I would normally.
 
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