J.M. asks from Mason, MI on June 28, 2008
High Blood Pressure After Delivery
Hi, I'm wondering if there is any one who has had this happen to them and how it turned out. I delivered my 4th baby in may by ceaserean. Never had a problem with my blood pressure during pregnancy, but after it spiked. The delivery was a little tramatic- I had internal bleeding and had to be rushed back into surgery, then everything was fine. The docs have said they think the blood pressure is pregnancy related. They are running all kinds of tests to rule other things out and everything keeps coming back negative. So if there is anyone out there that had high blood pressure develop after pregnancy, I would love to hear from you and see how it turned out for you.
K.S. answers from Detroit on July 01, 2008
Hi there! Congrats on your 4th little one!
First of all, try not to stress about the high blood pressure since it will make it worse. I too, developed very high blood pressure after delivering my second child by c-section. I had a spinal headache to add to it. I had no clue about the blood pressure until I went back to the hospital for the severe headache and was admitted about a week after delivering. Major alarm bells went off since my blood pressure was so high. I never had high blood pressure with either of my pregnancies. I spent another three days in the hospital and was sent home on medication. My doctor monitored me and I had to take my own blood pressure a couple times a day. I did not like the fact I was on medication but it helped. Eventually my numbers came down and stayed down, even after reducing the amount of meds.
I can now say I am no longer on high blood pressure meds and do not have to monitor my blood pressure. All in all, it took about 3 months for everything to go back to "normal".
Good luck and hang in there. High blood pressure is nothing to mess with though.
L.U. answers from Lansing on June 29, 2008
I missed the Cesarian part, but I, too had pregancy related high blood pressure. It subsided a bit after my sons birth (when I was 34) birth, but came back in my forties. I have been on blood pressure medication for years now, and my blood pressure is in a healthy range now. Many people with pregnancy induced hypertention (high blood pressure) will later develop plain old high blood pressure. There are a lot of medications available, one of which will work well for you. Most of them are reasonably priced, too Just make sure you have your annual physicals so that if and when it develops, it can be caught and controlled before you get heart damage, kidney damage, strokes or any of the other horrible things high blood pressure can do. If you are prescribed a medication, take it without fail. High blood pressure is controllable, and my medication has no unpleasant side effects (although the first one I tried didn't work out). Treat it with respect. hang in there.... L.
D.H. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2008
I'm an L&D nurse .... Pre-eclampsia is caused by the placenta during pregnancy. But symptoms can start even up to 6 weeks after delivery. The only cure is delivery, which you already did. Sometimes, like one of the other writes said, they hospitalize you for Magnesium Sulfate IV and blood pressure meds. The Magnesium is to prevent seizures. If seizures develope, it becomes eclampsia.
Hope that helps some.
L.N. answers from Benton Harbor on June 29, 2008
Mother of 4? Just had major surgery? Stressed out about elevated BP? Sounds like a vicious cycle! Ok...all joking aside...it could just be temporary. Even though you already had 3 children, adding another turns your world upside down for a bit! Add it all up and you DO have cause to be stressed. To ease your mind AND for your medical chart, keep track of your BP at home and take a log in to your doc when you go. Very often, your BP will elevate at the doctor, then decrease to normal readings at home. If this is the case, no problems...it should eventually even out. If it's elevated regularly, there are endless ways to get it into normal range. Don't stress...even if you do have hypertension now for some reason, you'll just deal with it and move on! You'll be okay!
H.N. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2008
This happened to my mother when she had me. They told her it was caused by her having me when she was in her 30's. She has been trying to get it under control since. This was 38 years ago though so I am sure there have been many advancements to help with it since then.
M.M. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2008
After the birth of my second child my blood pressure spiked as well. Mine was a vaginal delivery without complications and no elevation in bp during pregnancy or delivery. I developed a terrible headahe and dizziness 4 days after delivery which ultmately landed me back in the hospital. My obgyn (Dr. Bayram @ Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital) concluded I had Toxemia based on blood lab results. Many will argue that that couldn't be possible, since Toxemia is a condition during pregnancy and the birth of the baby rids the body of it. Even my Dr. was a bit surprised with my lab results/diagnosis. I was given Magnesium Sulfate via IV, to prevent seizures and blood pressure medication. After 4 days I was discharged home on bp medication and weaned from it after a month. I've not had any problems since, and that was nearly 9 years ago.
Hope this helps
L.K. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2008
I delevered natural, but I too had very high blood pressure right after delivery. They put me on my side for what seemed like a couple of hours to help bring it down. It came down slowly throughout the day.
I didn't have high blood pressure before the delivery and it didn't continue after that day. I have been about 70/110 ever since and my kids are grown now.
Unless your blood pressure isn't going back down, I wouldn't be too worried. Good Luck!!
A.E. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2008
I've always had perfect blood pressure but when I was pregnant with my first child, near the end of the pregancy it got a bit high. high enough for my doctor to mention it but not high enough to ever take any medication or real action. After the baby was delivered, rather uneventfully, it stayed high until a while after my 6 week checkup. it eventually went back down and I've never had a problem again, even with my second born.
just thought I'd share that it happened to me with no adverse effects!~