It is. When it takes more than about 6-8 weeks to drop, that's considered the "unmasking" of your genetic tendency towards chronic hypertension. Mine took 3-4 months to drop to normal levels postpartum. At my 6 week check, I was still running 140/90 on meds. So I'm a chronic, even though my pressures are reliably 110/70 now.
It often takes your body a while to repair all of the damage to your vasculature postpartum, especially when the damage has been significant.
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DS Oscar born by emergent C-section at 34 weeks for fetal indicators, due to severe PE
DD Bridget born by C-section after water broke at 39 weeks after a healthy pregnancy
I am just wondering how long it took for other's bp to go down to normal levels after PE. I had PE and severe HELLP and now I'm measuring high. Even with the meds my bp reads about 137/95, which wasn't normal before the PE and HELLP. I'm wondering if I will have to stay on bp meds now, or if it may go down. I spoke to a few women before who said it took about two months to go to normal for them and they were taken off meds. I'm just wondering if this is a common occurrence.
Mother to Joseph Lovelace Touchet Jr born on 5/11/11 at 22 weeks due to Preeclampsia and HELLP. Born straight into God's arms. Love you my angel.
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