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    Default Anyone pregnant and on BP meds?

    Ive been on bp meds since I developed preeclampsia with DS (2). I'm now 20 weeks pregnant and have just been told I need to have monthly growth scans because of my high bp. Has anyone else been in this situation?

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    Sorry Mopoke, not me but I was on BP medications for a few weeks after Ds was born as I had PE with him. Did your BP remain high even after your first birth?

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    Yep, have never got off bp meds since his birth. I just don't get why they want monthly growth scans. They said pre existing hypertension can affect the placenta and make bub not grow enough. But what ate they going to do at 24 and 28 weeks?? It's not like they will induce me then as bub isn't growing. Also from what I've heard growth scans are terribly inaccurate so why rely on them???

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    I was on BP meds with my last 2 DD's and had growth scans. As much as growth scans are inaccurate they still show whether bub is growing or not and if the placenta is functioning right also. If bub stops growing then yes you would get steroid injections and induced. I had early c/s with both my last two due to BP(not PE though) and slowed growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mopoke View Post
    Yep, have never got off bp meds since his birth. I just don't get why they want monthly growth scans. They said pre existing hypertension can affect the placenta and make bub not grow enough. But what ate they going to do at 24 and 28 weeks?? It's not like they will induce me then as bub isn't growing. Also from what I've heard growth scans are terribly inaccurate so why rely on them???
    Actually if the placenta stopped working and bub stopped growing even at 24 weeks then yes they would induce you or do an emergency caesarean.

    They won't just be looking at the growth, they'll be checking the blood flow through the placenta and umbilical cord and making sure everything is functioning correctly.

    I suggest you discuss your concerns with your doctor at your next visit, as perhaps not enough education about your condition has been given to you.
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    I can't help with BP mess but I have a growth scan next week (24 weeks) because of being at increased risk of PE. I will let you know how the scan goes if you like.

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    I am on bp meds constantly and have high blood pressure if I even come off them for a little while so will keep an eye on this thread as I am now 5 weeks pg and would like to know what the drs might do to me during my pregnancy.

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    Hi, i was on BP meds from 14 weeks and had growth scans about every 2 or 3 weeks from the morph scan. They were never really sure with me if the BP was pre existing as it was early onset, but it was quite difficult to control and I was on the highest does of the three main meds by about 20 weeks.

    For me, the BP didn't affect my placenta luckily but the growth scans are to give you a size indication and to check the blood flow through the placenta. They told us we could go any time from 26 weeks and the drs just wanted us to get to 1kg (viable weight) and everything after that was a bonus. I was super lucky and i think because they monitored me so closely, i made it to 36 weeks with a very healthy 3.3kg boy. I had to be on bed rest for most of the pregnancy though.

    I think they do the growth scans too because if your PE suddenly gets bad and they need to deliver you at say 28 weeks (unlikely) then they know how baby is tracking.

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