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My BP has been pretty well controlled by my medication for most of the pregnancy. It was 114/66 three monthly appointments in a row. The last one I went to (last week), it was 132/75. My usual pre-pregnancy BP with medication is around 130/80 or so.<br><br>
Now for the past couple of days I have not been feeling quite right. I usually know when my BP is up. I feel just...I don't know how to describe it...blood-pressure-y. Sometimes I feel really tired and winded from very light activity, such as washing dishes or folding clothes. I start to feel like I can feel the blood moving in my body. It's a strange feeling, and not at all pleasant.<br><br>
The thing is, I know this happens to me when I am feeling stressed, and I am about to go back to work next week (I'm a teacher). I like my job, but my heart is at home and I am always SO sad to go back in September. I don't deal well with the start of work at the best of times, which this surely isn't. Even though I know I only have to go for 6 weeks before I start my leave, I know I will be particularly miserable because I will be so tired and cranky and hormonal. I have also been given much more difficult classes this year than I usually get.<br><br>
The point is that I don't know if the BP rising is due to the pregnancy, or just the stress (meaning it should chill out in the next couple of weeks) or what. A couple of weeks is a long time to walk around feeling like crap, though, and worried about how it is affecting the baby.<br><br>
So I went food shopping today, and on the way I stopped at the drugstore to use their BP machine. I don't put a lot of faith in those anyway, and I had a 2 year old yanking on me, but it wasn't so great. 156/90. Then I sat and waited another couple of minutes and did it again...144/80...better, but not great. The thing is, I actually felt fine when I checked it. It's been at mostly at night that I've been feeling bad, so I wonder if it's a lot worse then?<br><br>
I debated the whole time I was food shopping about whether or not to call the doctor. On one hand, I don't want to be overly alarmist. I don't really want to end up on bed-rest and unable to work if it can be avoided, because I am taking the whole rest of the school year off unpaid after the baby is born...we NEED the money from the three paychecks I will get, not to mention that when I return to school, I get a whole new set of sick and personal days to use up when I go out on leave. It's a lot of money, and we were really counting on it. I know how overly-cautious OBs can be, and I could end up being really sorry I said anything. I know the warning signs of pre-eclampsia, and have been keeping an eye out. What if they put me in the hospital "just in case"? I REALLY don't want that.<br><br>
On the other hand, what if it's something that can be fixed by just adjusting my medication? What if it's going to keep getting worse, and I end up really ill or endanger the baby? I had blood pressure related complications with DD, and I am really trying to avoid that this time.<br><br>
My next appointment wasn't supposed to be until next Wednesday (a week from tomorrow) and that really seems too long to wait, to me. Also, that will be on the first day of school that I have students...traditionally one of the highest-stress days of the whole year for me. I never get over the nervousness of the first day of school. I don't think there's any chance I will get a fair BP reading that day, at all.<br><br>
So, I got home from food shopping, and there was a message from the OB's office that they need to reschedule the appointment. I kind of took this as a sign of...I don't know what. I called and asked if I could come in this week instead. So now I am going on Thursday at 9:45.<br><br>
I don't know what I am looking for here. I guess nothing, really. Just trying to organize my thoughts. There aren't that many people I have to talk to who get it, besides my DH. I'm not really sure that many people here really get it either...my health issues have kind of pushed me into a much more medicalized version of the pregnancy experience than most of you are probably experiencing.<br><br>
I just really, really want to be able to keep this baby cooking for at least another 4 or 5 weeks. There are two major concerns here: the increased risk of pre-eclampsia, and the risk of the baby not getting what he needs from the placenta. With DD, my BP crept up in the end of my pregnancy, and my placenta began to age prematurely. She was not getting enough nourishment, and was IUGR. If either of these things happen, they will likely take the baby early. Suddenly, not getting my VBAC doesn't seem like nearly as much of a concern to me as the possibility of having a preemie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So I guess what I am really looking for are good thoughts...baby-staying-put kind of thoughts. Low-blood-pressure kind of thoughts. If you stayed with me through this novel, thanks!
 

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Chrysta,<br><br>
You know, if your BP starts to go up, can you ask doc to put you on bed rest so you can leave school early? You get reduced salary due to being on Disability, but you get to be less stressed and more focused on keeping the BP down.<br><br>
Also, this is how I have been feeling. It's so hard to explain. Like you explained it I guess! I just feel like sludge in my veins and blood pressure-y. My BP is good in the appintments, but I feel sicker after noon. I don't have my hands on a big enough BP cuff to take my own. I'm going to see if I can borrow one.<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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Actually, Gina, that could be the best case scenario. Teachers are not eligible for disability in NJ (or unemployment, both of which we pay into--don't get me started on THAT whole rant) but I carry my own disability insurance. I would really like to go back even just for a day or a week, though, to get my sick days and personal days.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Teachers are not eligible for disability in NJ (or unemployment, both of which we pay into--don't get me started on THAT whole rant) but I carry my own disability insurance. I would really like to go back even just for a day or a week, though, to get my sick days and personal days.</div>
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Ergh, don't you love it? I bet you're not eligible for social security either, being a teacher, just like teachers in California (my mom). Don't get ME started on that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"><br><br>
I hope your BP issues work themselves out. I would go ahead and call the doc just to be safe. He/she may recommend adjusting your BP meds, or bed rest as PP mentioned. Good thing you've got your own disability insurance, just in case.<br><br>
I'm a bit nervous about my BP too - I've never had BP issues, but at my last appt. it was 135/90! My usual is about 118/60. I don't know what to think about that.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually, Gina, that could be the best case scenario. Teachers are not eligible for disability in NJ (or unemployment, both of which we pay into--don't get me started on THAT whole rant) but I carry my own disability insurance. I would really like to go back even just for a day or a week, though, to get my sick days and personal days.</div>
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Definitely try to go back then! But if you're not handling it, time to get out so you can bake this baby longer.<br><br>
It's ridiculous that you aren't eligible! Unbelievable.<br><br>
I am (like you) wondering if I should make it a bigger deal and have the MWs check my BP in the evening. I don't want to be risked out of my HB and to be quite honest, I have had high BP for all three (Toxemia for two) and was able to still go thru labor and delivery okay (except for my first son) and birth my babies with no health problems.<br><br>
I would hate to lose my HB due to my BP and then give birth in the hospital just to have no health problems during and after again, you know?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ergh, don't you love it? I bet you're not eligible for social security either, being a teacher, just like teachers in California (my mom). Don't get ME started on that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"><br><br>
I hope your BP issues work themselves out. I would go ahead and call the doc just to be safe. He/she may recommend adjusting your BP meds, or bed rest as PP mentioned. Good thing you've got your own disability insurance, just in case.<br><br>
I'm a bit nervous about my BP too - I've never had BP issues, but at my last appt. it was 135/90! My usual is about 118/60. I don't know what to think about that.<br><br>
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Good luck with your BP too. I know it's fairly normal for it to rise in late pregnancy, it's just how much that's the question, I guess.<br><br>
I'm pretty sure I get Social Security...I guess that's something I really should know for sure, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Definitely try to go back then! But if you're not handling it, time to get out so you can bake this baby longer.<br><br>
It's ridiculous that you aren't eligible! Unbelievable.<br><br>
I am (like you) wondering if I should make it a bigger deal and have the MWs check my BP in the evening. I don't want to be risked out of my HB and to be quite honest, I have had high BP for all three (Toxemia for two) and was able to still go thru labor and delivery okay (except for my first son) and birth my babies with no health problems.<br><br>
I would hate to lose my HB due to my BP and then give birth in the hospital just to have no health problems during and after again, you know?</div>
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Gina, I totally get it. This is exactly why I don't want to create a big stir if it's going to turn out to be no big deal. No HB for me (my previous CS saw to that), but still, I would *like* to try for my VBAC.
 

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I am sorry you are so stressed.. I *know* I could never handle teaching.. such a hard job... I give you guys tons of cred... this is sorta a side note kinda... having your occiput and first cervical vertebra adjusted precisely (if they are "out") has been shown conclusively (written up several times in the JMT, journal of manioulative therapy) to lower BP.. it can't hurt and it might just give you the edge you need.. every litle bit helps.. if you are not comfortable with chiropractors there are some excellent manipulative DO's trained in such (one I know in Delaware is excellent) I thought it was worth mentioning.. I'll see if I can dig up the specific journal article for ref... many hugs.. and pos thoughts coming your way.. let me now if you need any refs (depending on where youa re in NJ.. I might be able to help there..
 

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I think you should say something to your OB, as scary as that might be. If it's affecting how you feel and it could be helped with more meds, it might be worth a shot. It seems like, with BP that is just a bit high but not dangerously so, meds might be the first plan of attack. If nothing else, it would give you peace of mind and maybe reduce some of the stress you are feeling. Just my humble and relatively uninformed opinion, though.<br><br>
Either way, I hope that your appointment goes well and your return to work is as smooth as possible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Sorry that you are having to fret over this.
 

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Well, I went to the OB today, and of course my BP was fine: 132/74. I knew it would be, because I felt fine, then. I told him about how I'd been feeling, and I honestly did not get the impression he was terribly concerned. I told him that when I am at work, I have our very competent school nurse check my BP every couple of days. I asked him how high it should get before I should call him, and he said 150/100 or higher...that seems so high to me!<br><br>
But the baby is still kicking around like crazy and I am measuring right on for dates, so I guess I'll just see how it goes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I went to the OB today, and of course my BP was fine: 132/74. I knew it would be, because I felt fine, then. I told him about how I'd been feeling, and I honestly did not get the impression he was terribly concerned. I told him that when I am at work, I have our very competent school nurse check my BP every couple of days. I asked him how high it should get before I should call him, and he said 150/100 or higher...that seems so high to me!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I asked him how high it should get before I should call him, and he said 150/100 or higher...that seems so high to me!</div>
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Well, when my wife was going through some blood pressure craziness last week, the doc explained that they decide if it's high based on your baseline blood pressure. So, in my wife's case, they said to call if it goes to 135/85, but that's because she's normally a lot lower than that. If your baseline is higher, your "call the doc" number will be higher. I don't know if this is correct, but it's what we were told. I think you should go with your gut, and press the doctor about other things you are feeling, asking what to do if certain symptoms begin taking place. My wife occasionally will see spots or get dizzy, so she sits or lays down to relax, and takes her blood pressure with wrist cuff I bought at the drug store.<br>
I hope this helps...it sucks when doctor's don't seem concerned when you tell them scary things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My wife occasionally will see spots or get dizzy, so she sits or lays down to relax, and takes her blood pressure with wrist cuff I bought at the drug store.</div>
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Have her try to eat some protein too. Seems that helps me when I am seeing spots or getting dizzy.
 
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