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    Default Blood Pressure - Please explain

    Can anyone please explain how to interpret/understand blood pressure readings.

    What do the numbers mean?
    What is considered high?

    My previous readings have been 130/60, 105/60, 110/70.
    My midwife seemed concerned yesterday because my blood pressure was 122/80, which she thought was high for me.

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    i dont know really want it means, except that normal is 120/80 - its something to do with how quick the blood flows back when it is cut off.

    min ewent from 120/76 to 140/90 and the dr was worried (it went down in 5min - i had justbeen at dr becase of bleeding so was super scared).

    you normal bleed pressure readings are low-ish, so i guess even thoguh you new reading is 'normal' perhaps for you she is concerned cos it has increased.

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    Normal is 120/80... First number is systolic pressure, second number is diastolic pressure... Generally the diastolic doesnt vary as much, so changes in diastolic more sensitive to indicating something is wrong (ie heading towards pre eclampsia or the like).

    However, i wouldnt be concerned. I also usually have low bp, around 100/60.. Mine goes up to 120-130/70-80 in quite early pregnany... But doesnt ever get higher.. You shouldnt completely disregard your middies advice, but i wouldnt be too worried yet if i were you... Just something they like to keep an eye on for everybody

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    Normal is what is normal for you, so usually early or pre pregnancy. The bottom number is what they keep an eye on and as yours went up quite a bit from previous readings they will just monitor but it isnt so drastic to be concerned about at the moment

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    Eta - its normal for blood pressure to rise in pregnancy, hormones, extra blood volume, etc.... Its only if it gets high enough to be worrying about pre eclampsia etc that it is a drama

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    Thanks girls, I felt a bit silly for not even knowing what is 'normal'.

    My blood pressure was taken just before I was about to have a blood test so I was nervous and a little stressed, prob a good reason for the elevated reading (needles freak me out)

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    Normal also differs from person to person.

    I've always had very low blood pressure, with 75/60 being normal for me. I've been told by a GP that if I presented at ER with that reading and no explanation, they would be searching for internal bleeding. At one point I was feeling particularly bad and my blood pressure was 103/70 which would be perfectly normal for most people, but was high for me. Conversely when my blood pressure has dropped (60/40) I had to be admitted to hospital for IV fluids.

    I think the second number is the more important one, and if it is over 100 then that is of significant concern.

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    hrmm im interested too!
    My final blood pressure at 40 weeks was 131/90
    i dont know whats normal for me though. im guessing 120/80 because they wanted bub's out the next morning hehe!
    I was pretty puffy looking back at photos.
    I found this in the Huggies website:

    Normal blood pressure reading Below 140/90
    Mildly elevated BP Reading between 140-90 – 149/99
    Moderately high BP Reading between 150-100 – 159-109
    Severely high BP Reading between 160/110 or higher
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