This article will helps pregnant women how to manage hypertension during pregnancy and how to avoid the high blood pressure to occur, if possible.
I would like to share my own experience during my pregnancy. I was very excited then when my husband and I discovered that I was pregnant. On the third month of my pregnancy, I had my first ultrasound and in a very soon time I was able to know that I am carrying a baby girl. My pregnancy was little difficult because my husband is working in a different country that’s why we only communicate thru emails and chatting. I feel healthy and energetic and I didn’t experience morning sickness, vomiting etc. My blood pressure on my monthly check up was normal. I was lucky indeed. I am careful on what I eat and follow my doctor’s advice; always take my vitamins, drink milk daily and of course eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
I am fond of watching in YOUTUBE the exercise for pregnant women, to avoid caesarian section if possible. I am not only satisfied in watching, I am sometimes doing it without pressure. On my surprise, on the 28th week of my pregnancy, one morning I suddenly felt that my head is aching down to the back of my neck. I just ignored it and thinking it was only part of the pregnancy. And it was gone, but then the next day it occurred again and I rushed to my doctor. She checked my blood pressure and it was 200/120! I was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed I am experiencing pre-eclampsia (hypertension case). My baby and I were both in danger; I stayed in the hospital, with dextrose and lots of injection. I am very worried then and stress, I missed my husband but due to the call of duty He can’t come home.
I stayed in the hospital for a week and was advised to have a bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. I stayed at home and my blood pressure is being monitored tightly by my family. I ate only oatmeal, fruits and steam vegetables (no rice, carbo and oily foods!) I still sometimes feel that my head aches, but due to the fear of staying in the hospital again (that lots of injections and dextrose again) I keep the pain to myself and pray hard. I had my weekly check up not only to my obgyn but to my cardiologist as well. My cardiologist monitored me as well since I have a very high blood pressure. I am taking medicines for about 15 capsules a day! I need to take every 4hours, so even I’m in the middle of sleeping I need to wake up to take the medicines. Those medicines were needed to control and manage my blood pressure.