My blood pressure has been taken 4 times since I became pregnant. I am now at 23 weeks. Initially the nurse at the first clinic I went to said it was because I was nervous. My blood pressure has gone down significantly since the first time it was taken. Unfortunately the high risk practice where I have been going only has resident doctors. I have never seen the same doctor twice unless I ask for the supervising doctor. I have been prescribed something to bring my blood pressure down. My father has had high blood pressure for most of his life. He is not a diabetic. He has no kidney damage, just high blood pressure. His diet has been modified to low sodium.
I am wondering if anyone else had the same experience. I was given a container to collect my urine for 24 hours and then have it tested for protein. The resident who met with me yesterday did not seem like he knew too much. He was telling me that most type 1 diabetics have small babies. I was told they always have large babies and have to deliver early. I asked if I should be on a low sodium diet and he said, "Not as of yet." I suggested I be put on a pump. The resident did not even want to discuss this, mostly because I think he is not familiar with them.
For most of my entire life my blood sugars have been in good control. Back when I was first diagnosed 3 decades ago there were no glucose meters and insulin was not made in a lab. I used to have to pee on a stick in the nurse's office at school to check for keytones so the control might not have been as tight back then but I was so young it was left in the hands of my parents. I am concerned at this point because although I think resident doctors have extensive training I am wondering if I should request to see a regular doctor. The type of insurance I am on is very limited because it is through Medicaid so it would be difficult to change practices now.I am thinking of purchasing a blood pressure monitor to see if perhaps my readings go down when I am more relaxed.