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Silverwind's picture
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Hi I'm back again!

with my 3rd natural birth in less than 4 years lol! I birth in the hospital because there are no midwives so no option for a hb, but the hospital here...well tbh my longest birth was 3 hours, so they just basically stood clear and wore their catchers mitts lol.
Actually the real reason I'm posting is that I have a question that I think someone here may be able to help me with. My blood pressure is pretty high this time around- the doc is considering putting me on meds if it isn't lower in 2 weeks. And I don't think it will be. As I type this, my bp is so high I can hear it rushing in my ears Sad So I'm wondering, what are things I can do here at home to help bring it under control? I'm trying to not get too stressed (good luck with 2 toddlers and a tween!!!!!) and stay relaxed, slow deep breaths all that jazz, but what else can I do?

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For me it is a matter of regular exercise and wise eating. Using the treadmill daily made an immediate difference....in less than a week! I'm talking walking at 3.2 mph at a 3.5 angle rise. Not difficult, just time consuming. I get up early, like 5:30 anyway, so it works out fine. I do it at the same time the laundry is running...

The wise eating is easy for me...it's the portion control that is hard. Wink

I'm sure there's other great advice coming your way!

Silverwind's picture
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Thanks forthat...In the morning dh is home so I'll start my day off with a nice walk!

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Congrats! Have you looked into the Brewer Diet? It's supposed to be excellent at helping BP issues!

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"cmljll" wrote:

Congrats! Have you looked into the Brewer Diet? It's supposed to be excellent at helping BP issues!

I can attest to this! I haven't been following it exactly, but I make sure I get enough protein every day (at least 75g). In my 2 previous pregnancies, my BP would go pretty high toward the end - not dangerously high, but high enough to where they were threatening induction. With this pregnancy, even with 2 kids (3 and 18 months), AND financial issues, my BP has stayed pretty low. It was 123/75 two days ago - which is higher than my starting BP, but definitely well within the normal range.

Check it out at: http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/

And congrats on your third! I know what you mean about 3 pregnancies in less than 4 years! I got pregnant with DD1 exactly 4 years ago, and I'm currently 4 days overdue with DD3!

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thanks so much for the link- saves me from having to google! I had mild bp issues in all my pregnancies, but this is the worst and earliest, since I'm not due since Jan, and it is the first time I've have symptoms this severe...I mean it's not chest pain or anything but headaches and the rushing and shortness of breath is pretty scary at times. This is actually my 4th baby- 3rd in 4 years and my oldest is 7 Smile I think having these pregnancies so close together is a little hard on the body, too, so that may be part of the problem.
congrats on your third baby girl Smile Sorry you are past your edd. I have always found those last days of pregnancy to be the toughest with being patient, especially when I go over! Hope your new little girlie decides to come out soon! Sad

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Here is another page that may be helpful....One of the tricks is to eat some small snack of protein every hour--and set some kind of timer so that you don't forget to do it every 60 minutes.

A second trick is to salt your food to taste, and to INCREASE your salt intake if you are having BP troubles.

A third trick is to increase your calorie intake--with nutritious calories, not junk food.

http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/mambo/index.php?option=articles&task=viewarticle&artid=44&Itemid=3

Best wishes,
Joy

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For me none of the diet things were effective unless I also exercised daily. Both morning and evening exercise worked best. I try for at least a half hour each time. Good shoes required!

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I was going to suggest the Brewer's diet also - I have heard great things about it. I haven't used it personally though (I tend to have low BP all the time)

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

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Thanks for the advice. I'm reading about the Brewers diet right now. I might give it a shot although increasing salt intake to lower bp seems crazy to me...maybe they are not talking about table salt? I'm absolutely going to start walking this morning, and I'm going to call my local swimming pool about aquafit. I did aquafit throughout my pgcy with Cannon and had no bp problems at all with him.

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"cmljll" wrote:

Congrats! Have you looked into the Brewer Diet? It's supposed to be excellent at helping BP issues!

This is what I was going to suggest. Smile