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Is it normal to feel pressure in your lower abdomen when you are 14 weeks pregnant?

I have been coughing a lot and went to the doctor today for antibiotics, he assured me that coughing cannot hurt the baby. But I am having a feeling of pressure way low in my abdomen, is this normal?

It's your pants. Go get some maternity pants, even if you aren't showing yet, your abdomen is expanding.  (+ info)

Is it normal to feel pressure at the bottom of your belly at the beginning of pregnancy?

I am probably right around 5-6 weeks and am feeling pressure in my lower stomach that is a bit uncomfy. Is this normal? What could it be?

That's probably gas. There's really nothing you can do accept eat more fiber. Because you're pregnant, your digestive system slows down dramatically. Drink plenty of water and eat some fruit too, that will help things to keep moving along. My 7th week was the hardest on me, but after that, I was fine. I just try to drink more water, eat more fiber and fruit, just to help my body out. Seems to be working for me so far. I get gas, but not as much as I used to. Good luck and Congrats!!  (+ info)

Is it normal for blood pressure to flucuate?

My blood pressure is, at rest, and when taken at home: 122/82, average. It increases greatly when at the doctor's: 140/90. I suppose I harbor an extreme anxiety when at the doctor's. One doc stated that my BP should NEVER be hight and another stated that it's normal to fluctuate & be high at times of anxiety. Any thoughts?

You suffer from "White Coat Hypertension". When you are at the doctors office your blood pressure shoots up. It's a common phenomenon caused by stress. Most doctors are aware of it. Any time you are under any kind of stress, (physical, mental, emotional, illness) your blood pressure increases. Just getting out of bed causes a dramatic rise in BP.

Other things can affect your BP also. Medications, alcohol, a meal, caffeine, smoking, time of day, and yes even a full bladder can make your BP higher than normal.

It is very normal for your BP to vary greatly throughout the day, depending on many many factors.

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Is it normal to feel pressure on your pelvic bone already when you're 30 weeks pregnant?

I am 30 weeks pregnant now, but have been feeling pressure for a few weeks now... is this normal?

Absolutely normal. You may be carrying your baby low or he/she may just be lying in a different position and it's putting pressure on your pelvic bones. I had the same thing with my last pregnancy. If it becomes painful or unbearable, or starts causing numbness in your legs, see your doctor immediately. The baby may be laying on a nerve or something. But rest assured, at this point, you and baby are just fine!  (+ info)

What is a normal Arterial Pressure reading?

I'm assuming as in the pressure of the blood on the arteries... Not too sure what it is, all I know is that I have to find out what a normal reading is and how much is too high.

Hey there, i think you are talking about your blood pressure or 'BP' so thats what is routinely checked when you go to see the doctor.
For each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic pressure is peak pressure in the arteries, which occurs near the end of the cardiac cycle when the ventricles are contracting. Diastolic pressure is minimum pressure in the arteries, which occurs near the beginning of the cardiac cycle when the ventricles are filled with blood.
So these are the values given as your "blood pressure".
Here are some values to answer your question- what is normal and what is too high... (hypo = low and hyper= high). Systolic is the top number given and diastolic is the bottom number.
< 90 systolic or < 60 diastolic
90 – 119 systolic and 60 – 79 diastolic
120 – 139 systolic or 80 – 89 diastolic
Stage 1 Hypertension
140 – 159 systolic or 90 – 99 diastolic
Stage 2 Hypertension
≥ 160 systolic or ≥ 100 diastolic

So, generally, between 90/60-120/80 is a normal BP for a healthy resting adult. Once you get up over 120/80 and into the 140/90 etc for a resting adult it is too high.

Hope that has made it clearer for ya :)  (+ info)

What is a normal blood pressure reading for an 11year old?

What is a normal blood pressure reading for a 68 pound 11 year old girl?

syst. 90-100

d. 65-60


same for athletes. that is what the above chart says.  (+ info)

How long does it take to reduce your blood pressure numbers from high to normal?

I had high blood pressure about a year ago but managed to lose 50 pounds and lower my bp. I just moved and got out of the habit of my normal exercise routine. I went to the dr. this morning and my bp was 154/107. (yes, very high, I know) My doc wants me back in 2 weeks for another bp test. If I get back into a regular routine of walking 5 days a week again, can I drop my numbers in a couple weeks?

Quit smoking, cut the salt and black pepper, eat oatmeal with cinnamon, walk if you are able.  (+ info)

What is a normal blood pressure for a pregnant woman, when should we worry?

Our doctor told us today that my wife's blood pressure is a bit high. The way he said it made me worry, I have been reading all about pre-eclampsia but the books say nothing about the normal range. Also my wife has a low lying placenta, can these two be linked at all?
thanks for any help you can give.

high blood pressure for a pregnant woman is 140/90, I honestly can't remember what the normal range is exactly but if I recall correctly it's something like 110/75 - 140/90. Please don't quote me on that as I'm not a medical professional just a mum. During my pregnancy I developed pre eclampsia right at the end of the pregnancy and in the weeks leading up to it the drs commented once or twice that my blood pressure was a bit high and this was for 135/80 and 130/90 and the likes. I do remember one midwife telling me that it is the bottom number (the 90) that is of more concern then the top one. Your dr will probably want to monitor your wife a bit more regularly to keep an eye on it, but sometimes a pregnant woman can have a slightly high blood pressure and there's no problem. I don't know much about low lying placentas or if there's any link between the two, but can tell you that along with high blood pressure some other pre eclampsia symptoms are bad headaches and seeing black spots in front of your eyes, protein in your urine, pain in the upper right of your abdomen and alot of swelling. Try not to worry yourself silly as it could very well be nothing. Unfortunately it's all in the hands of fate and the dr's it can't be prevented. Good luck and I hope all goes well. Hopefully this helped you some  (+ info)

What is the normal Blood pressure supposed to be during pregnancy?

I have about 5 weeks left and my blood pressure keeps rising everytime they check it just wondering what the normal rate is supposed to be.
Ok so today my blood pressure was 130/80 this is still ok. the reason i ask this is because they are sending me to the hospital over christmas to get it checked again. so like a weeks time.
I started at 110/70

normal is 120/80  (+ info)

Is it normal to go blind because of low blood pressure?

I know that dizziness when getting up is because of low blood pressure. But along with this i go completely blind in both eyes for about a minute, like black, and when it comes back there's bright flashing lights. Also a loud ringing in both ears, and pressure around my temples. It's all gone within a few minutes, i just want to know if that's normal, as i don't want to waste the doctors time if it is.

See your health care provider as soon as possible (primary care doctor or nephrologist). Not necessarily, diabetes will cause or can cause blindness. The blackness is fainting spells and the bright lights may be a migraine. The common symptoms of "blackout," in which the person finds it difficult to see and needs to sit or lie down but can still hear, isn't true loss of consciousness. Such blackouts may be related to changes in posture or to emotional experiences. True loss of consciousness needs to be investigated promptly by a doctor.
If you were not in such good health, low blood pressure could indicate a disorder such as coronary heart disease or low blood volume due to blood loss. If you feel healthy, having a relatively low blood pressure like yours is good for the cardiovascular system, since it puts less stress on the blood vessels.
The most important thing to realize is that you must manage this problem yourself. After the initial investigation, you should be able to handle the management of this problem with relatively few visits to the doctor. It will be up to you to control your weight, your exercise, your salt intake, and to take your medication. We think that it also should be up to you to take your own blood pressure. No matter how much the doctor would like to take care of this for you, he or she can't. Your doctor should be no more than a trusted advisor. You are in control, and good doctor will emphasize this point. I hope this helps you. And good luck.  (+ info)

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