have you changed your diet?

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Re: have you changed your diet?

Postby danielsmom » Tue Feb 28, 2012 03:04 pm

I don't know how helpful this is, but I've quit caffeine mainly to rule out reasons why my BP may NOT be up (although it wouldn't make it go up 50 points). For the first 20 weeks, I just really cut back, but then I'd get a higher reading in a morning appointment and wonder if it was because of my morning coffee. Also, if I'd have a can of soda for dinner and not have one the next day, I'd get a headache. Great, another PE symptom! So it was easier and more peace of mind for me to completely go decaf.

Anti-histimines or decongestants can jack up your BP as well.

I really do not believe that diet can cause or prevent pre-e. I think pre-e is usually caused by poor placentation. However, as for any pregnant woman, I think eating a complete diet - the more natural the better - can help your body function the easiest. Pregnancy is enough strain on the body, so why not help it out. There is 2 other things that I do: eat plenty of eggs and get plenty of calcium. Of course, this is in moderation, like eating eggs once or twice a week and being sure I get all my daily recommended calcium from food (which might absorb better than coming from a supplement). Eggs contain albumin, which is thought to aid the liver and possibly kidneys. Calcium is something that some studies say prevents adverse prenatal outcomes, and of course some object to that... but hey, who knows.
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Re: have you changed your diet?

Postby alviarin » Tue Feb 28, 2012 02:14 pm

I am on a gluten-free diet, but that is only because I figured out that gluten is a migraine trigger for me.

Now that I'm pregnant I've cut way back on caffeine and I'm trying to cut out sugar.

I'm a "chronic hypertensive" and I'm salt sensitive. Eating out can raise my blood pressure (especially Mexican or Asian food). I don't try to limit myself to a certain sodium intake, just follow my cardio's reccomendation to avoid the salt shaker and beware of salt in fast/canned/processed food. We still use sea salt when we cook at home, just not as much as some people would like. :) All and all, I don't think cutting back on salt can prevent pre-eclampsia but if you are a chronic hypertensive like me it can be a strategy to help keep your blood pressure controlled.
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Re: have you changed your diet?

Postby MomTimesThree » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:11 am

I'm going to search for that, because yesterday before my bp spike, I was on the go and I had a saltier than normal lunch... Thanks for making me think about this!
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Re: have you changed your diet?

Postby blythe » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:11 am

I know the Cochrane reviews and our Experts have said that there isn't good research to support restricting sodium in pregnancy. On the other hand, I vaguely remember an article from a while ago (try our search, maybe try user: Laura and keywords: salt-sensitive hypertensive -- sorry I'm on the run today and can't find it for you!) that said to just assume that if your blood pressure is wonky in pregnancy that you're probably also salt-sensitive. So, important outside of pregnancy, but the placenta and hemodynamics of pregnancy end up working so counter-intuitively so often in this disease that I've given up making assumptions for the way our bodies function during pregnancy. One of the very many fascinating and frustrating things about this disease.
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have you changed your diet?

Postby mychaelelaine » Tue Feb 28, 2012 09:14 am

i was wondering, after experiencing preeclampsia, pih, and/or hellp and being pregnant again, has anyone strictly modified their diet? i had high blood pressure 5 years before i became pregnant so they called super imposed preeclampsia (i think). so, my situation might be different than some on this board if you didn't have high blood pressure before being pregnant. i don't put any salt on my food, ever. BUT, everything we eat is loaded with sodium. several years ago, i tried a very low sodium diet (attempted under 600 mgs). it was horribly difficult. i wonder if you already have high blood pressure, how helpful is drastically lowering sodium intake. i am doing it just because, even if it won't help in the end. BUT, i'm just wondering if i can lower my chances of developing preeclampsia by strictly modifying my diet. i know the week and a half i was in the hospital, i wasn't on a restricted diet @ all! also, i went to the doctor up to 13 weeks post partum. my doctor NEVER asked what i eat. thoughts?
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