L&D trip today :(

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L&D trip today :(

When I was pregnant w/ Sam at 32 is when the drs discovered my high blood pressure and put me on bed rest. I guess I was nervous about this visit and I guess what I had was a panic attack at the drs office this morning bc my heart rate was 120 and bp was 180/100! Baby's HR was 190! Sent me to the hospital for an EKG and monitoring, and after about 2 hours it was all back to normal.

My doc is trusting me that it was just my nerves/panic attack. When I got to labor and delivery it did take about an hour for me to get back to normal range. I am mad at my body for doing this to me, and mad at my brain for not being able to chill the hell out.

She didn't put me on any sort of modified bedrest or anything, so what I think I will do for my own sake is a chart of my BP for the next 2 weeks so when I do go back and can show them that it's not high unless I'm at the dr!

Just wanted to let you girls know, and be able to ***** to someone, bc I'm not a facebook pregnancy poster usually.

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Very common. It is called "white coat syndrome".
It is best to chat with your doctor or nurse for 5 minutes before taking the BP.

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That's scary! Glad it was good after a couple hours. Stay out of L&D friend!

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Jessi, welcome to my world! I have the high bp at the doctor syndrome all the time! My ob had me check my bp every day when I was pregnant. My primary care doc takes my bp again at the end of the appt. And its always back to normal. Not fun!

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Sorry hun. I know exactly how you feel. I had the same thing happen to me through 3 pregnancies. My b.p. would be sky high at the doctor's office. They'd send me to the hospital. They'd admit me. My b.p. would drop way down and they would send me home. (at least, you escaped without getting the pee jug this time). I never had protein in my urine and my blood tests would always come back fine. But, you are kind of trapped into a vicious cycle, you are now going to worry about your b.p. every time you go to the doc's and it's going to elevate your b.p. I googled relaxation exercises and deep breathing and tried to do them while sitting in the parking lot of the doctor's office and it did help a bit. Good Luck Hun!

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I have been aware that this could have been white coat, so I have visualized what I would think about during my dr apt. It didn't work at all. For 4 weeks I had practiced, and I actually think it maybe made it worse. I'm just glad that my doc is trusting me. I feel like when I go back in 2 weeks w/ my chart of normal pressures, then she will still believe me. I have NO other symptoms. NONE.

I just hope when I go back in two week that she will keep believing me, maybe she'll send me back to l&d, but at least she won't do the bed rest bc there is no way it could be ANY higher than it was today. (I feel like if she were going to EVER do bed rest it would be today).............

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Aw man Jessi, I'm sorry girl Sad How will you chart it at home? Do you have a bp cuff thingy?

I hope you are able to get a good two weeks worth of bps to show her everything is ok!

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Oh man, how scary. I am SO glad to hear it went down after a little bit. Take it easy!

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@anne--YES! I do! I had bp issues w/ Sam and I kept the cuff.

I will have good readings these next two weeks, I'm SURE of it! Thanks for all the encouragement.

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Jessi - my many years of experience with the dr. appt/high bp adventure have made me realize the more you think about it the worse it gets! I had 2 appts in May and surprisingly my bp was good at both. DH came with me to both appts so maybe that made me less nervous?? Good luck and hopefully the at home charting will make your doctor feel ok about it!

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(((LOWBPVIBES))) being sent your way!!!

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Sorry you had to be sent to L&D! I hope your doctor will believe you and not go by just the readings she gets in the doctor's office!

I have had my blood pressure read high when I was anxious/nervous also!

Hope that you don't have any real blood pressure issues this time!

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I bet your planning made your bp even higher, mine used to do the same. Glad it went down after a bit. Hope everything else is going great!!!

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I know that worrying about something makes those numbers go up in a big way. I had a string of bad blood pressure numbers in the first week after Grady was born. Which was kind of weird, considering through all my pregnancies, I'd never had high blood pressure once... but I think the first time I had it because the midwives came to see me at home on day 1, and it was a zoo at that moment, older kids running around like apes, dh stressed, new baby crying and trying to nurse... ach! So my bp was elevated, not much, something like 145/95. But the midwife made a BIG DEAL about it.. did a whole bunch of questions, more checking of temp etc etc etc and said she'd be back every day for a week to check... if it got too high I'd need to be hospitalized etc. :eek: Well every day that week it was elevated (not a lot, similar numbers), cuz I was so anxious that it was going to be high/there was something wrong. Finally on day 7, she caught me at a relaxed moment, feet up, watching tv with a sleeping baby and the other kids out.. and doncha know it? 115/75.

It REALLY makes a difference. Good idea to keep a list of your own bp measurements to prove your case.

GL, and I know everything will be just fine! ((hugs))

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I'm glad you can check your bp at home. It also helps to remind you that it is normally okay. I have one at home since I had high bp with M and then with M2 I had it after delivery. :shrug:

Too bad you couldn't have a relaxing adult beverage before these appts! TEASING! Wink

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