After my blood pressure fiasco last week, I returned to my doctor's office this week for a follow up visit. As soon as the nurse took my blood pressure I knew it was high again.
Jen V.

This time she wouldn't even tell me what it was. She just asked me to lie down until the doctor came in. By this time, I knew the doctor wasn't going for the whole "white coat syndrome" diagnosis. He came in and informed me that it would be best for baby and myself if I started blood pressure medication.

In addition, I will be receiving a monitor to keep at home that sends my blood pressure readings right to the doctor's office. I haven't received the monitor yet, but apparently a nurse comes to my house to teach me how to use it. I was a little worried that they might put me on bed rest, but the doctor didn't mention anything about that, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I talked to a co-worker, and discovered that she had also been put on blood pressure medication during her second pregnancy, but once the baby was born, she no longer needed it. That made me feel a bit better, because I already feel I am way too young to need this medication. She suggested really watching my salt intake. I'm sure it would help, but that is what I'm really craving!

We enjoyed another Lamaze class this week. Our instructor brought in some labor videos and spent a lot of time talking about exactly what to expect with our bodies during and after delivery. It was a little unnerving, but in the end, I know it will all be worth it. The thoughts of a scheduled C-section are starting to become even more appealing. Everyone insists that C-sections are a much more difficult recovery, which I can understand. Yet the idea of knowing exactly when to go the hospital and what the procedure will be is a little less scary than going into labor naturally. Oh well. I'll save that worry for another day.


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