High Blood Pressure or White Coat Syndrome?

High Blood Pressure or White Coat SyndromeOn January 29 I had another doctor’s appointment, which was good and scary at the same time. Baby Boy M is doing fantastic! He was in the correct position for the sonogram tech to check his kidneys and spine. Of course, I had to make sure that he was still a boy! The little guy was very active during the sonogram, even practicing his downward dog yoga pose.

Downward Dog BabyNow, it was time to meet with the doctor. The nurse took my vitals, which my blood pressure was slightly elevated. The doctor, whom I’ve never seen before, was very young, fresh out of med school. He came into the room without my chart. He immediately told me that because of my high blood pressure readings that my pregnancy would be considered high risk, due to the risk of preeclampsia. If you don’t know, preeclampsia is high blood pressure with high levels of protein in your urine. If left untreated, this can be very dangerous for mom and baby. I explained to him that I have white coat syndrome, which causes my blood pressure to rise, while at a doctor’s office.

The doctor told me, as precaution to do a 24 hour urine test, in addition to checking my blood pressure weekly at a pharmacy or at home. With the urine test, I had to place a plastic “bowl” over the toilet to collect my urine, then transfer it to this orange jug, which then had to be kept cold. So for the next 24 hours, I collected my urine and dropped it off at the doctors the next day. I have to say, I was happy when that urine jug was out of the refrigerator.

Collection Container

My mother in law had an extra digital blood pressure monitor, which she gave to me, so I could track my blood pressure at home. I have been keeping a daily log, which I am happy to say that my blood pressure has been perfect, since I’ve been taking it at home. When I go back to the doctor in a few weeks, I will bring in my sheet, with my blood pressure to show that I truly have white coat syndrome.

Blood pressure chartA couple of days went by and I haven’t heard about my test results, so I decided to call and get the results myself. To much relief, my lab work came back normal! This was a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.

If you are pregnant and suffer from white coat syndrome, I suggest buying a blood pressure monitor, so you can check your blood pressure at home. As always, if you have any issues, it is best to contact your OB.

Has anyone else had to deal with this while being pregnant? Did your doctor loosen up at all?

The Rookie Mom (In Waiting)

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5 Comments

  1. I definitely believe white coat syndrome is a thing! OB appointments are quite nerve wracking!
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    1. I just don’t have it when I go to the OB, but to any doctors. I simply don’t like them, which unfortunately causes my BP to raise.
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  2. Anonymous

    Another great article sweetie!!!

    Mommy xoxoxo

  3. Aww thanks mom! Xo
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  4. People suffering from high blood pressure, forced to always take multiple drugs to normalize blood pressure. Great that you’re not one of them who dependently take drugs or medication. Thus living in healthy way is the most effective antidote to all diseases.
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