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Well… my ‘gut feelings’ that I had high blood pressure turned out to be right on. It’s not high for high (133/89) but that is high for me personally. Unfortunately I don’t have a baseline for this pregnancy, but I know it was higher than my last baseline for sure.
I also know by the same gut feeling that this is largely stress-related, and that aspect has been getting better recently. I’m feeling better about money, about bills (especially with a new budget all worked out with everyone involved instead of me dictating to everyone what to do), some closure with the shadowbox and a lot of really positive visualizations.

My diet with Tempest was “crappy” for me (refined sugar probably 4x a week, didn’t pay attention to any of my vitamins or protein intake, barely drank any water), I didn’t exercise at all, but fortunately I had no problems.
My diet with Jericho was amazing, and I exercised on a daily basis.
This time is somewhere in the middle. If Tempest was a 1 and Jericho was a 10 I’d put this at around a 6-7. Again, it’s gotten a lot better recently.

Curtis pushed me a few weeks ago about why I was adopting a “wait and see how I feel” attitude about picking up a full vegetarian diet again after pregnancy – if you want to do it, why wait?. I didn’t give him a clear answer, and he pushed me harder; I finally told him that I feel like it’s worthless to be ‘good’ anymore. After Jericho died I started eating refined sugar again (as in, bringing it into the house), and started eating meat on occasion about 2.5 months ago. I feel like I don’t want to make an effort to change my diet again if I’m just going to lose more. I don’t have the strength to wear a halo if I lose two babies. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
This makes it sound like I’m eating like shit, but even with the slacking I’d still put it significantly better than while pregnant with Tempest, and by comparison to most mainstreamers I was eating really good with her. Largely due to being on a small, remote island and honestly not having constant access to crap. I’m sure I would have eaten it if it was there, though.
Exercise has been harder recently because of how big I’ve gotten. I actually went roller blading the other day. That was … an experience. I don’t walk every day, but I have been walking 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more since we moved here, that’s just gradually gotten lower as I get bigger and my pelvic bones and back spasms got worse.

I don’t feel like this is going to be a problem for birth, just that I should be aware of it and make an effort toward it.

I keep hearing about miracles with a cocktail of two teaspoons cream of tartar, half the juice of a lemon and some water once daily for three days, pause for two, repeat if necessary. I took the first dose tonight. Holy fuck that was disgusting.
I’m already doing raw garlic and vitamin C because of this damn cold, but I’ll continue the garlic past when I normally would.
Excessive Cal/mag makes me wary, because I’m taking a prenatal with a big dose plus fortified OJ and I know I went way overboard on cal/mag while pregnant with Tempest… I’ve wondered if that affected the non-progression of my labour. I should pick up some bananas and start eating those, too. I also need harsher reminders about water-drinking, especially because over the last two weeks drinking even the smallest amount of water makes me retch and I can’t figure out why. Generally everything else doesn’t even make my stomach turn, but water? That I can’t seem to do. It’s bizarre. I try doing things like 80/20 water and OJ or teas, and that works better to get it past, but I still have to spend a half hour not moving and concentrating hard on not throwing up.

Of course, any time you try and research stuff like this online everything tells you to commence having a complete hairy koniption fit and run yourself to the hospital for an immediate c-section. It’s much harder to find any actual information regarding how to deal with blood pressure concerns during pregnancy. Everything is always, “Monitor it, and get a c-section if it’s bad! Tee-hee!”.
Well gee, that’s helpful.

In barely-related news:
I talked extensively to a fantastic pharmacist and looked around and found a mild cough suppressant that I can take, even on the potential verge of labour, to try and help me get more than 3 hours of sleep at night until this cold passes. That will probably help my BP recover, as well. Rest is good.

I’ve been burping garlic and cream of tartar for 45 minutes – this is disgusting. Digest already! Gross.

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  • If no one’s mentioned it, I had blood pressure issues when pregnant with Lilith and did the Brewer’s diet. Also, I took chlorophyll (2 tsp 2x day) and it got my blood pressure down. I had blood pressure issues for months. We made it through πŸ™‚

  • If no one’s mentioned it, I had blood pressure issues when pregnant with Lilith and did the Brewer’s diet. Also, I took chlorophyll (2 tsp 2x day) and it got my blood pressure down. I had blood pressure issues for months. We made it through πŸ™‚

  • altarflame says:

    Your perfect diet with Jericho did not go to waste; you felt amazing and were able to bond with your unborn child. You were able to listen to your body because it sent you clear signals. You GLOWED, and were a great mother to Tempest because you felt well.

    While I maintain that those are the facts…I still understand how you feel completely. I realized the other day that I’m eating so-so this pregnancy partially because I did “everything right” with Jake and still ended up with a fucking c-section. I actually caught myself thinking “It’s got nothing to do with that, obviously didn’t help me, and Poppy ate like shit and is a birth warrior”. *smacking my forehead*

    I hope your remedies do help your blood pressure. I’ve found that water makes me way sicker when I’m already nauseus, UNLESS it has liquid chlorophyll in it. For whatever reason, that makes it actually combat my nausea (mine is mint flavored, I add about a teaspoon to a big glass).

  • altarflame says:

    Your perfect diet with Jericho did not go to waste; you felt amazing and were able to bond with your unborn child. You were able to listen to your body because it sent you clear signals. You GLOWED, and were a great mother to Tempest because you felt well.

    While I maintain that those are the facts…I still understand how you feel completely. I realized the other day that I’m eating so-so this pregnancy partially because I did “everything right” with Jake and still ended up with a fucking c-section. I actually caught myself thinking “It’s got nothing to do with that, obviously didn’t help me, and Poppy ate like shit and is a birth warrior”. *smacking my forehead*

    I hope your remedies do help your blood pressure. I’ve found that water makes me way sicker when I’m already nauseus, UNLESS it has liquid chlorophyll in it. For whatever reason, that makes it actually combat my nausea (mine is mint flavored, I add about a teaspoon to a big glass).

  • Use a mustard pack. Look, I’m not going to tell you again. It works, it really does! I had pneumonia while pregnant and it kept me out of the hospital. Do it!

    That cream of tartar concoction sounds like it is meant to scare you into getting well. Like, you’d rather get well than take that crap again. Heh heh.

    You are the healthiest person I i-know. I hold you in my thoughts.

  • Use a mustard pack. Look, I’m not going to tell you again. It works, it really does! I had pneumonia while pregnant and it kept me out of the hospital. Do it!

    That cream of tartar concoction sounds like it is meant to scare you into getting well. Like, you’d rather get well than take that crap again. Heh heh.

    You are the healthiest person I i-know. I hold you in my thoughts.

  • the_lissa says:

    The cream of tartar thing does sound gross. Hopefully it works fast!

  • the_lissa says:

    The cream of tartar thing does sound gross. Hopefully it works fast!

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