So, your doctor told you you have high blood pressure in your pregnancy…..
Hello Mamas and Mamas -to- be! We are going to discuss a very common topic today. It is high blood pressure during pregnancy. It is a condition that can actually destroy you and your pregnancy. If you are suffering from high blood pressure during your pregnancy, you have come to the right place!
Personally, I have not had any blood pressure issues with my four pregnancies, but I have nursed so many clients who were challenged with it. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to help them and now you.
We will discuss the topics:
- Understanding blood pressure
- 8 Simple Steps to stay controlled
- The complications of high blood pressure
1.Understanding high blood pressure
High blood pressure is typical during pregnancy, but how to manage it is a challenge for women. Because today’s pharmaceuticals contain chemicals and toxins that we haven’t heard of, going for natural solutions for treating and maintaining common ailments is a safe option.
Ayurveda and Homeopathy are examples of natural remedies, whereas Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine are examples of alternative medicine.
Because most alternative or natural medicines are not regulated, it is difficult to tell whether these approaches and cures are effective. This is why, especially if you’re pregnant, you should conduct extensive research before attempting to include any type of natural treatment into your routine. Here is a list of ten natural therapies that can help you manage your high blood pressure during pregnancy.
2.Twelve Natural, safe remedies to control your blood pressure
When selecting natural items to control high blood pressure during pregnancy, it’s critical to do our homework. Before taking any action, you must first visit a doctor. When you’re pregnant, some blood pressure-lowering procedures can be risky, but they’re not when you’re not.
It is critical that you discuss these strategies with your doctor to ensure that they do not harm rather than aid your health. Furthermore, any home remedies should be used as a supplement to medication rather than as a replacement. So lets begin the journey:
1.Stay away from junk food
Junk food is typically high in preservatives and is notorious for being unhealthy. It may satisfy your hunger, but it is not a good source of nutrition. So, to be healthy and control your blood pressure during your pregnancy, avoid junk food. These are foods like potatoes chips, microwaveable popcorn, soda, candy, deserts, ice cream.
Smoking, like drinking, has serious adverse effects on your health, even if you aren’t pregnant. It can cause cancer, weight gain, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure, among other things. These dangers more than quadruple while you’re pregnant. As a result, it is advised to stop smoking while pregnant.
3.Stay away from caffeine
It is recommended to avoid caffeine because it is one of the primary causes of high blood pressure.
4.Manage your alcohol intake carefully.
The risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant are so great that doctors advise you to avoid it for the duration of your pregnancy; high blood pressure is one of the numerous reasons for this. For a variety of reasons, alcohol consumption can complicate any pregnancy; if you must have a drink, we propose 10ml of wine every month.
5.Magnesium is the fifth mineral on the list.
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the Indian Medical Association, magnesium aids in the management of high blood pressure.
In fact, most medical professionals now advise pregnant women to eat foods high in magnesium, such as tofu, avocados, bananas, almonds, and soy milk, because magnesium not only helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, but it also helps to keep the womb intact during pregnancy by preventing it from contracting early.
Exercise is one of the most effective strategies to manage your blood pressure at home; it doesn’t have to be hard, but a good 30 minutes of exercise is known to considerably aid your body stay healthy and strengthen your immune system.
If your doctor permits, exercise for 30 minutes each day. Women who do not exercise have a higher risk of hypertension than those who do. So, whether you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, chat to your doctor about beginning an exercise regimen. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, or on most days of the week. Try low-intensity walking or swimming if you’re a newbie.
Before beginning an exercise regimen, check with your doctor to see if particular activities are safe for you. Exercising also relaxes muscles, tones the body, and regulates blood flow. Regular exercise is also considered necessary for controlling blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
This is more of a lifestyle need than a treatment, as it helps maintain stable blood pressure levels when done at home. Exercise throughout pregnancy has the extra benefit of making delivery simpler, managing pain better, and assisting with weight gain.
7. Eating more potassium
rich fruits, vegetables, and foods will assist to minimize the strain on blood vessels and arteries, as well as the many dangers of hypertension during pregnancy. These foods include: avocados, guavas, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, bananas, pomegranate, apricots, cherries, and oranges. The current daily value (%DV) for potassium is 4700mg, recently increased from 3500mg by the FDA.
A banana or two a day is highly healthy during pregnancy because it is both a digestive aid and a natural laxative, as well as being high in potassium. This makes it ideal for people who have high blood pressure.
8. Limit your sodium intake
Limiting or removing salt from your diet is one of the most natural strategies to help control and treat your high blood pressure. Your immune system suffers and the efficiency of your body’s natural functions suffers when you’re pregnant since your hormones are severely unbalanced. This makes processing and digesting salt or salty meals more challenging, and if salt isn’t digested properly or is consumed in excess, it can cause a blood pressure surge.
- The foods that make up the DASH diet are inherently sodium-free. As a result, simply following the DASH diet will likely reduce your sodium intake.
- You can minimize sodium even more by:
- Instead of salt, use sodium-free spices or flavorings.
- When cooking rice, pasta, or hot porridge, don’t use salt.
- Choosing fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables that aren’t seasoned
- Choosing skinless poultry, fish, and lean meat cuts from fresh or frozen sources
- Food labels should be read and low-sodium or no-salt-added options should be chosen.
- You may find that your food tastes different as you reduce your intake of processed, high-sodium items. It could take some time for your taste buds to acclimatize. However, once it does, you may find that you prefer the DASH diet.
Salt reduction also boosts your immunity and increases your body’s energy levels while pregnant. We recommend lowering your salt intake unless your doctor specifically instructs you to do so.
9. Apple cider
One of the healthiest substances is apple cider vinegar, or ACV, which has been shown to help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. It’s also thought to aid with blood pressure regulation. It is thought to be incredibly healthful to consume unpasteurized ACV.
However, undiluted ACV is extremely acidic and can burn your esophagus or food pipe, as well as harm your stomach. Instead, mix one tablespoon of ACV with a glass of warm water and honey once a day.
10. Chill out!
Anxiety, depression, and stress are widespread during pregnancy, and they are also the major causes of high blood pressure. Practice relaxing activities regularly; it is recommended that pregnant women listen to music for 30 minutes three times a day, practice prayer to God, and receive prenatal massages to help manage stress, sleep, rest.
It is suggested that you listen to music that is slow and has a relaxing and soothing rhythm, such as gospel, jazz, blues, or classical music.
11. Try focused breathing
To relax your body and mind, practice focused breathing. Breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing can help you relax and relieve stress by calming your body and mind. Furthermore, by engaging the diaphragm (the muscle at the base of your lungs), you may increase the strength of your breathing while reducing the strain on your neck and chest muscles.
Lie down on your back or sit in a chair comfortably. Place a pillow under your knees if you’re lying down to keep them bent.
Place your hands on your chest and below your rib cage to feel your diaphragm move.
Inhale slowly through your nose until you feel your tummy rise.
Count to five as you slowly exhale through your mouth while tightening your jaw.
12.Take medication as prescribed
Your doctor may recommend blood pressure medications if healthy lifestyle modifications alone do not control or lower high blood pressure. These drugs work in a variety of ways to reduce blood pressure. Your doctor will evaluate the impact of drugs on any other problems you may have, such as heart disease or renal disease, when prescribing them.
While using these medications, keep up your healthy lifestyle habits. Combining medications with heart-healthy lifestyle modifications can help regulate and reduce your blood pressure while also preventing heart disease.
13. Complications of high blood pressure
Mamas it is so important to keep your blood pressure controlled because it can cause problems for you and your baby. Some complications include:
When you have high blood pressure during pregnancy, an early birth may be necessary to avoid potentially life-threatening consequences.
Cardiovascular illness in the future Preeclampsia may raise your chance of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) illness in the future. If you’ve experienced preeclampsia more than once or had a premature birth owing to high blood pressure during pregnancy, your risk of future cardiovascular disease is increased.
Abruption of the placenta. Preeclampsia raises your chances of your placenta separating from the inner wall of your uterus before delivery. Severe abruption can result in a lot of bleeding, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby.
Intrauterine growth restriction is a condition in which a woman’s growth is restricted while Your baby’s growth may be hindered or stunted as a result of hypertension (intrauterine growth restriction).
Your other organs may be harmed. Hypertension that is not well controlled can cause damage to your brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other key organs. It can be life-threatening in extreme circumstances.
Blood flow to the placenta is reduced. Your baby may receive less oxygen and nutrients if the placenta does not receive enough blood. Slow growth (intrauterine growth restriction), low birth weight, and early birth can all result from this. Prematurity can cause respiratory difficulties, an increased risk of infection, and other problems for the newborn.
Mamas there are other things that can happen like blurred vision and in some cases blindness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain. Seek medical attention for these symptoms. The earlier the better.
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These home remedies for high blood pressure are not solutions for people with genetic BP concerns; nevertheless, if your doctor recommends blood pressure medication, we advocate supplementing it with these strategies. Before adding or deleting any routine from your life throughout your pregnancy, consult your doctor.
You should not attempt to stop taking your prescription unless your doctor advises you to. These techniques are also effective for lowering blood pressure in general. We strongly advise you to complete your research before attempting to lower your blood pressure with any way not mentioned above, as some unregulated treatments and diets might be harmful to your health.
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