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Can BP Fluctuate during Preclampsia

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Labor' started by malar_arasi, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. malar_arasi

    malar_arasi Silver IL'ite

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    Hello All,

    I had my monthly OB appointment last week. I was actually a little late for the appointment as I got held up in traffic. Once I entered the clinic they immediately called me inside and checked my weight and BP. My BP then showed high (140/90) though I was not so tensed or so as I had reached on time.

    My Gyn immediately got little concerned and ordered me to do a urine analysis to check the presence of protein in the urine and asked me to repeat BP check after 1/2 hr. Then I gave urine sample relaxed for 1/2 hr or so and then did a BP check again. This time reading was normal (120/70).

    Also urine analysis shows no presence of protein or so and also I had no swelling as such, so my gyn said Pre-eclampisa can be ruled out.

    Still I am really worried about that high BP detected once. Is this normal ?

    Can anyone help me out ?


  2. Happysoul1234

    Happysoul1234 Gold IL'ite

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    Malar don't worry. BP can fluctuate by as much as 20-30 points in a matter of minutes. Probably traffic or walking fast may have caused you to have a higher BP than normal. Since your doctor is not worried, I recommend you do the same. If it still bothers you then do what I did

    1. Buy a home BP monitor - I got an omron from costco for around 40 bucks
    2. Lay off the salt
    3. Sit in a pool , don't swim. the water helps bring down blood pressure.
    4. sit with your feet propped above your knees

    a high bp is not a definitive sign of pre-eclampsia, it has to be combined with other symptoms such as protein in the urine, swelling etc. keep an eye out for these in the upcoming weeks.

    hope this helps,


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