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22nd April 2014 08:08 AM #1
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Home/water birth with high blood pressure
My son is almost two years old and my husband and I are looking to start conceiving again. My blood pressure went up with my last pregnancy and the midwife didn't believe that I would be a good candidate for home birth. That led to a rough hospital labor with more interventions than I would have wanted.
Bub was born weighing 3,750 grams and healthy as could be at 42 weeks. My blood pressure did not go up during labour and everything went well with out complications.
Would I be a good candidate for home/water labour in the future? What can I do with another pregnancy to stop my blood pressure from going up?
Thank you very much for your help!
5th May 2014 08:21 PM #2
Thank you for your question. I'm so sorry to hear that you did not have a positive birth experience with your first son.
Generally speaking, women who have high blood pressure in pregnancy are not considered to be good candidates for a home birth. However, one way around this is that sometimes a woman goes down the homebirth route but agrees to go into hospital if, during labour, her blood pressure rises. It depends on what your blood pressure levels are.
Do you know if you were classed as having mild, moderate or severe hypertension? Were your prescribed any medication for this?
Some studies have shown that using a birthing pool can lower your blood pressure when in labour. Many hospitals also have birthing pools available even if you chose to birth in hospital. A hospital birth can also be a positive birthing experience and it can be natural and low intervention. But you are right; intervention rates are far lower in women who plan a homebirth.
Having an active lifestyle and eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to keep your blood pressure levels under control. It's important to keep an eye on your salt intake when you have previously experienced high blood pressure in pregnancy. Has your blood pressure now returned to normal levels?
With warm wishes,