Postpartum high blood pressure
I know that there is pregnancy triggered HBP, but what about postpartum HBP?
I'm 34 years old, and had a baby three months ago. My BP was usually 110-130/70-80, and did not increase during the whole pregnancy. Two weeks ago, I felt dizzy, lightheaded, and nauseous for 2-3 days. When I checked BP at home, it was high, 135/95. It went down after that, and the symptoms were gone too.
I figure that it might be stress-related cause I'm breastfeeding and stressed about going back to work. However, 2 days ago, the symptoms are back again, and this time I'm having headache too. It was really bad. My stress level was not high, at least not as high as 2 weeks ago. After a reading of 136/98 at night, I took the next day off to get some rest, and my BP went down to 125/85. I was feeling better too.
I'm not overweight (height 5'4", weight 114 lb), eating pretty healthy, although not exercising after the baby came. I do have a family history of HBP; both my parents had hypertension.
1. Are the symptoms caused by elevated BP? I saw a nurse, and she told me that some virus could increase BP. I've never heard of it. Is it true?
2. Isn't it too young for me to get hypertension? or it's merely caused by stress?
3. Did the elevated BP have something to do with childbirth and beastfeeding?
4. What do I need to do to lower my BP?
Thanks so much for your help!
Last edited by dx35y; 12-19-2003 at 09:47 AM.