What is the Normal Blood Pressure Range for pregnancy?
Normal Blood Pressure should be anywhere from 100/70 to 120/80.
One important thing to remember is that your BP can be raised by stress, anxiety, nervousness… so if you have an initially higher BP reading, request to sit in a dark room for a while and work on breathing slowly and relaxing, and then have your BP taken again. Some women have what is called “White Coat Hypertension”, where they automatically get jittery just by being in a doctor’s office.
What does “Borderline High” Blood Pressure mean?
Borderline High BP means that your blood pressure is hovering in the 120-139/ 80-89 range.
Stage 1 Hypertension is within the 140-159 / 90-99 range.
Stage 2 Hypertension is within the 160+ / 100+ range.
What happens if I get to the “Borderline” numbers?
- You should make some immediate dietary changes. Try to implement a more whole-foods diet, eating as many raw fruits and vegetables as you can. Cucumbers can help to lower blood pressure.
- Protein is also key in lowering blood pressure. The current recommendation is to consume at least 80 grams of protein daily.
- Exercise regularly. Take a walk every evening. Go for a brisk walk on the treadmill at the gym. Get that heart rate up!
- Avoid stress when possible.
- Instead of coffee, tea, or colas, drink: raspberry leaf, nettles, limeflower or dandelion tea.
- Salt your food to taste, do not eliminate salt from your diet.