From: Kristen Burgess
High blood pressure... three little words that have long since brought stress, fear, and even panic to mothers-to-be - and their care providers.
...why is it that even with today's advanced medicine, we seem so powerless? What's the truth about rising blood pressure - often called pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), or gestational hypertension, during pregnancy?
Do you wonder what numbers mean "high" in pregnancy? What's mild hypertension? What's moderate? What's severe? And what do you own personal numbers mean?
Have you found yourself grouped into a "high-risk" category and told you can't have the pregnancy or birth experience you imagined because of those numbers?
And what about natural methods to control blood pressure? Do those work during pregnancy? Are they safe?
What does the evidence say?
If you have these questions and more, you are not alone - I hear questions like these almost every week... and I have been working with moms-to-be for over a decade now! My clients feel helpless when they hear their blood pressure is creeping up - and are often told there's nothing to be done. Or, they're given dangerous, outdated diets and told to follow them strictly... only to see the very problems they were supposed to "prevent" happen before their very eyes.
It's crushing to work hard and plan for a good pregnancy and a natural birth - only to be told that because of blood pressure, your choices are being stripped away and there's nothing you can do to fix it.
Here's the thing...
...there have been many, many theories on this issue over the years (in fact, related pregnancy problems have been stumping midwives and great thinkers for thousands of years)...
...of course, some were completely bogus. But some of them had some truth to them.
And today, of course, the research continues...
...with some validation of "old" theories...
...and some exciting new information...
The bottom line?
High blood pressure in pregnancy isn't something to ignore - but it's also not the hopeless downward spiral many people still claim that it is...
...and it's not a recipe for a dangerous, low-calorie, low-salt, weight-restricting diet either.
That advice is outdated (and did I mention dangerous?) - but fresh research, new understanding of old theories, and even mamas who went before you - and were determined to get to the bottom of this issue - have given us what you need to take charge of your pregnancy, and your health, and walk this journey with both confidence and practical steps.
That's why I've put together the MamaBaby Birthing Guide to PIH - to help you understand exactly why blood pressure is important during pregnancy (because it is), what's "normal," and what you can do when things start to move outside of that range.
Here's what you'll discover in this detailed class:
Plus you'll know: