Hey all, I gotta question. After my last pregnancy, I ended up with pregnancy induced hypertension. It was never diagnosed as full-blown pre-e since my protein wasn't high. Borderline, but not outrageous. However, I really want to avoid the issue all together and do another homebirth this time around. My BP just now on my home do-dad was 139/89....This isn't super high for me, but high....Any and all advice to help keep me off bed rest and out of the hospital for my birth would be awesome!!
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
I was in the same boat with my first pregnancy- not full-blown Pre-e but close enough that it was scary and I narrowly avoided an induction. My second pregnancy I did a lot of research and found there are some things that MIGHT help, but there is nothing completely proven to prevent it as it is a very complex process. I put myself on a high protein diet (basically the Brewer diet, only I stuck to around 80 grams of protein versus the 100+ you will get from the Brewer diet), took a magnesium supplement (400 mg) daily (in addition to the prenatals and calcium), walked 30 minutes 5 days/week during the last trimester of my pregnancy, cut back on processed foods, and switched to sea salt. All of these things may help prevent hypertension when you're not pregnant as well, so it's a good lifestyle change. I also drank as much water as I possibly could. My BP remained normal during gestation with my DD.
Hope everything goes well for you!
I've also heard the Brewer diet can help. As a bonus eating a diet high in protien can help with pregnancy nausea as well! My midwife also recommends gaining less weight (meaning on the lower end of what's healthy) as a general way to have a healthier pregnancy.
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
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ahem...I hate to be the contradictory opinion, here, but I'm not a big fan of the Brewer Diet--it is actually probably *too* much protein, and it has never been scientifically proven to prevent pre-e. I think dietary improvements help for women with poor diets, but there is no evidece that eating a ridiculous amount of protein helps prevent pre-e any more than a healthy, balanced diet. (I wrote a blog post on this, btw, and I got an interesting comment from a midwife who says she knew Dr. Brewer, and that he told her himself that they had discovered that eating protein was not actually related to pre-e prevention)
I read an article recently on a study that showed supplementation with a certain amnio acid and antioxident vitamins to reduce the risk of pre-e. http://newhope360.com/news/study-sug...eclampsia-risk But it only studied a certain population, who may not have significant dietary sources of these nutrients.
I'm not sure honestly... I do remember when I was in the hospital for baby #1 they kept telling me that my blood pressure was very high, so I swear every 15 minutes the stupid cuff that they had permenantly attached to me was going off and cutting off my circulation... it was so frustrating!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
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I already planned to start with a personal trainer to keep me exercising. I also have started chuggin the water. Also, I took my BP last night and it seems to be the most 'normal' than it has been in a while. Like, my body needs pregnancy to work right..lol
Glad your bp is doing better! You'll be thankful exercise, truly! This is the first pregnancy I have continued regular exercise and I feel so much better as I am getting further along than I did with my others and I think it's helped with my energy level too.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
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