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    Default High Blood pressure and premature delivery

    Some of you ladies have already been super helpful on this subject, just wanted to ask some more questions.

    I'm 16.5 weeks and have had high blood pressure from the get go. It's been going up slowly and i started on labetelol 200mg twice a day, i'm now up to 4 times a day and am starting to get swollen ankles if i move around too much. Even with the meds 4 times a day, its rarely 120/80 more likely 140/90 at the lowest. Baby seems to be healthy and fine at every scan so far.

    My question is, are there any other girls who had the same thing, and how far did you make it before the serious pre eclampsia set in? I know i need to make it another 12 weeks till 28 weeks and that feels like forever, especially with it going up.

    Dr said I'm also going to have to consider leaving work and going on bed rest. Did that help any of you?

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    Default High Blood pressure and premature delivery

    Having high blood pressure does not actually mean that you will get pre-eclampsia usually getting it this early means you only have pregnancy induced hypertension(I could be wrong but this is what my OB explained to me) High BP can cause problems with the placenta and babies growth so usually you'll some more scans.

    I was exactly the same as you, got high blood pressure from really early on went onto meds but went on bedrest at about 18 weeks for a month then again around 28 weeks. I made it just over 36weeks before bub was born.

    I recommend resting and putting your feet up as much as possible.
    Cut salt out of your diet and eat really healthy with lots of water.

    Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy hope your BP can Stabilise and keep bub in till term.

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    I wish I knew where my anti natal card was so I could check my stats, but from memory, my BP was on okay when I was 4x400mg a day but my blood tests - uric acid, creatinine, liver function etc... were holding steady and I had no protein in my urine. This continued until 28/29 weeks, when my BP rose, but it was my blood and urine results that were more worrying. I went into hospital for bed rest at that time and I believe that it did help me to hang on until 31+5.

    I personally believe that if you can leave work or reduce hours than it would be beneficial, my OB and Obstetric Physician were on at me to relax and be on bedrest from about 20 weeks, and I did my best, but I had little people to look after etc...TBH though, by the time I was hospitalised, I was totally relieved because I was absolutely exhausted and I couldn't have continued on at home.

    I'm sorry for the ramble, but hope it helps. You can pm me anytime xxxx

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    Hi there ,

    My pre eclamsia set in at 24 weeks and it got severe at 34 weeks and I was hospitilised, had bub at 36 weeks.

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    Thanks so much for all the responses. It sounds like if i stay on the meds, i can hopefully avoid going into labour super early. Even if i can make 32 weeks that would be great.

    The dr is going to try adding a 2nd drug next week i think, the labetelol doesn't seem to work that well. After 4 doses today, it's still 140/90 which isn't super high but it should be lower after taking all those. Hopefully we'll find something that works soon.

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    Default High Blood pressure and premature delivery

    I had high BP, was hospitalised at 28 weeks (after a massive unexplained bleed) & DS was born at 31+2.

    I didn't develop PE but there were indications that DS was not doing well in the womb so they made the call to get him out of there.

    My placenta wasn't fully functional which added to the problem.

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    I had BP of 145/100 at 20weeks and it only went up from there. By 32 weeks I went into labour but they managed to stop it. I still had high blood pressure and was hospitalised numerous times over my pregnancy.

    I had extreme swelling in my feet, legs and hands to the point I was purple most of the time, my bp got to 155/110-115, I had high protein in my urine.

    I made it to 37+6 weeks.

    So it's possible to make it to term even with high bp.


    Just to add my bp before preg and up until 20 weeks was always 110-60 or 120-60. So it was a massive jump for me. After preg it stayed high that I had to have it checked every week or twice a week no less. Nower days it's 130-80 ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    Thanks so much for all the responses. It sounds like if i stay on the meds, i can hopefully avoid going into labour super early. Even if i can make 32 weeks that would be great.

    The dr is going to try adding a 2nd drug next week i think, the labetelol doesn't seem to work that well. After 4 doses today, it's still 140/90 which isn't super high but it should be lower after taking all those. Hopefully we'll find something that works soon.
    Fingers crossed adding a 2nd will give you a better result. Please let us know how you get on xx

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    Thanks so much again girls, for all of your responses. I really appreciate it.

    I saw a new specialist today and he was lovely. He's added in two extra drugs as well as the labetelol because he said its just too high (it was 145/95 in his office after having the 2nd labetelol of the day). He also wrote me a drs certificate straight away for work and said that he wants me to give up working from now on. he said he'll want to induce me no later than 34/35 weeks but i can live with that. Also said he would prefer a c section because he doenst like taking too much risk when it comes to blood pressure but that its up to me and the obgyn to decide so will talk to her next week. If we could make it to 34 weeks, i'd be very happy!
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