I suffered from very low blood pressure during pregnancy, but many women experience high blood pressure (Preeclampsia) towards the end of their pregnancy. Once I hit my third trimester, my blood pressure drastically dropped causing me to randomly pass out, which is not good when you are driving down the freeway and you suddenly start to lose consciousness. Luckily, there was a simple fix – increase sodium and electrolyte intake. And I wore those lovely Jobst compression leggings. These are a pain to put on every morning, but they work! I didn’t have any swelling in my ankles or legs, and I never passed out again because the leggings help circulate your blood. I highly recommend these for pregnant women, especially those are on their feet all day at work, or chasing children.
Now for those with high blood pressure:
- Increase your potassium intake by eating foods high in potassium such as bananas, oranges, zucchini, cucumbers and watermelon.
- Avoid red meat and food high in saturated fat
- Limit your sodium intake.
- Maintain a healthy weight*
- Try to relax and de-stress by having a prenatal massage from a reputable place (I had a BAD experience at a spa), practicing deep breathing, laying down and reading a book, or meditating/praying.
- Attend your scheduled prenatal appointments
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
*Make sure you check with your doctor for a safe exercise routine