I haven't been active in here for a long time, mostly due to lack of internet. I've had a pretty uneventful pregnancy up until the last week. I started swelling a good deal in my ankles and feet and even yesterday up to my calves. My urine sticks have been clear so far but yesterday my BP was up to 120/80 and it's been running around 90's to 100 and 60's. So I'm pretty upset about that. They just said to make walking every day a priority and get 100 grams of protein religiously to hopefully help. I'm super anxious about it turning into pre-eclampsia though. It's been such a good pregnancy so far, why am I having problems now at the end?
My blood pressure when I'm not pregnant is consistently 100/60. Since I hit the 37 week mark, it's consistently been 120/80. I think it's just the body trying to provide enough food for the baby its baking, being as the baby drastically increases in size at this time.
I agree, blood pressure tends to be higher at the end of pregnancy due to the stress on your body. 120/80 is fairly normal for this stage of pregnancy. High blood pressure doesn't hit until 140/90 no matter what "normal" is for you, so you should be alright.
sorry about the swelling though! I had that with my first TERRIBLY (but I did have high blood pressure and ended up with pre-E, but my swelling started around week 2 and it was so uncomfortable.
I am hoping the BP does not rise any more. The swelling was way better this morning when I got up. My calves don't feel as tight either. I'm hopeful that all will be well. I'm just going to keep telling myself that we are fine and we will have a normal birth!
I think it's normal for our bp to be higher at the end of the pg. Mine was around 130/80 towards the end...120/80 is not that high. Hopefully things will be ok and uneventful for the rest of your pg.
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yeah it's holding steady for now. She was concerned because 120/80 is about 20 points higher than I normally have run during the pregnancy. So making sure it doesn't keep rising.