As some of you know, I had very early onset, very severe PE in early May and my daughter died. My BP went pretty high, at worst about 220/110 and I was discharged on nifedipine. I had managed to come off all BP medication by the beginning of July though, and it seemed ok. In mid July I was consistently getting BP readings of around 120/80, 125/75, so fairly normal, though I would have liked it to be lower.
However, by the end of July I was seen in renal clinic with BP 131/88 and 128/89, so bouncing up again. Last week I had it checked again by GP at 130/88, and today even higher again at 142/88.
I'm not sure whether it is still too soon post pre eclampsia for me (though now over 3 months, my due date was tomorrow
), or whether I am now developing chronic hypertension as a result of what happened. I don't understand why my BP "seemed" to have recovered, but now "seems" to be increasing again. Has anyone else experienced something like this?
I feel like I am doing everything I can to try and control it. I run 30-40 miles per week, I have low BMI, I eat 8-10 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, cook myself so there is no added salt etc. etc. Problem is I have always done most of these, so there is relatively little I can do to change my lifestyle which might help. I guess I am very hacked off by the unfairness and cruelty of life too at the moment, my daughter died and as if that weren't enough I seem to be left with these health issues as well. I really want to try and control BP before thinking about another pregnancy, but don't seem to be able to....
But I know that others have been there as well.....
I don't think I had high blood pressure before pregnancy, but think it was always high normal i.e. 120/80 or slightly higher, but still 120s/80s.
Don't know if anyone has any advice or reassurance? Will this still recover? Has anyone started a subsequent pregnancy still struggling to control BP from the previous preeclamptic one and did this make it any worse?
Thanks a lot