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OK, so I found out at 34 weeks (almost 2 weeks ago) that my blood pressure was climbing from its normal 120/70 position to more like 130/80. My midwife basically said to take it easy, watch it carefully, and up my protein intake as well as taking nettle tea and some other tinctures, etc...<br><br>
Last week it was pretty stable, so I prett much kept my normal routine and did the little extra things she had suggested. But I noticed it steadily climbing this week with activity- in the morning it's usually 125/75 ish when I wake up, and by early afternoon I get 130's/80's, and by the evening time (even after an afternoon rest or nap) it's a lot higher- last night it was 144/96 so I called my midwife. She basically suggested that if I didn't get it under control that would mean hospital monitoring and possible early induction.<br><br>
That scared the sh-t out of me because I went this route already with baby #1, and am really holding out for my natural birth this time. My question to you mamas is this: with these readings, would you deem it neccessary to be on bedrest at home? my midwife leaves a LOT of things up to me, so I want to make sure I'm making the right choice here. I am incredibly bored already because mtoivation is just starting to kick in and there are SO many things I want to do around the house. How much activity would you be doing?<br><br>
What do I HAVE to do each day? Make meals, shower, pick son up from school, and preferably some dishes and laundry so my house doesn't get overtaken. My boys are 7 and 4 so they're pretty independent, but of course I still need to care for them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DH said he can take over baths and the bedtime routine when he gets home in the evenings, since that's when my BP is the highest. Just wondering if this is enough.
 

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Is it normal to be checking your own BP so often? I had high BP with DD, and when i was in for monitoring my Ob said he could do a 24-hour study but that they'd found that the more you measure BP, especially in those people where there might be a white-coat element due to stressing about the result (even if they have a monitor on all the time and no HCP actually present) overall it tends to push BP up than just regular monitoring that isn't too frequent... I know if i called my MW with BP numbers right now her first question would be "why did you check your BP?".<br><br>
Not really helpful i guess, but i think if i were you i'd not think of "bedrest" i'd just try to let others take over the elements of your day which stress you out most, relax a bit more in the evenings, and not take my BP as much and try not to stress about it.
 

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maybe you're right, but what prompted me to take it in the first place was that i suddenly started experiencing swollen feet (worse than with my previous pregnancies), having mild headaches, seeing spots, and just feeling overall yucky. I do have history of high BP with both previous pregnancies, so these feelings were not new to me. Now they want me to record it twice per day (morning and evening) so I only take it then unless I'm feeling bad- usually in the late afternoon. MW wants to know what it is when I'm resting versus when I'm active, so we can make sure I'm not over-doing things.<br><br>
Hopefully I'm not being psycho blood pressure taking woman, because I really want to have a peaceful couple of weeks before DD is ready to be born <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Well in that case you're probably right to be taking it - i just remember with DD how easy it was to worry myself from 130/85 up to 150/95 in a matter of minutes (luckily the reverse was also true and i could drop 8ish diastolic by doing a calming visualisation) so look after yourself - does your machine allow you to take the reading but not read the actual numbers until later (a save or "last measurement" function?) so that when you're taking it you KNOW no matter what it says you don't have to face whatever it says for a few hours anyway...?<br><br>
I would maybe focus on laying down somewhere peaceful when you feel ill, rather than taking the BP right away. Or maybe you can get your eldest to take the BP, then remove the machine and write the number for you (unless he already knows what "scary" numbers are - you don't want HIM worrying too!) while you rest? So it's taken but you personally are not having to look at or deal with it? I have terrible whitecoat too, which a)complicated the tracking process significantly and b) got worse and worse the more i had my BP taken...
 
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