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Is a 100/40 blood pressure considered low? Feeling faint after eating.

(7 Posts)
SloanePeterson Tue 03-Jun-14 10:31:14

I'm 8 weeks pregnant and just been to the nurse to get my referral to the midwifery team. While I was there I mentioned I was feeling very faint and lightheaded, especially during and after a meal. This is my fourth pregnancy and I know during my others my blood pressure has also been low. But the nurse seemed unconcerned. I'm finding it really hard to function feeling so tired and especially since I just can't face a whole meal as I feel like passing out after a few mouthfuls. Is it worth seeing someone else or is it just one of those things?

coffeeinbed Tue 03-Jun-14 10:34:51

It is low.
Can you see your GP about it?

SloanePeterson Tue 03-Jun-14 10:36:50

I could see my gp but is there anything they'd actually do? I know if it was high blood pressure they'd be taking it much more seriously. The nurse told me to lay down for at least half an hour after each meal. Not really practical with three other children to look after.

coffeeinbed Tue 03-Jun-14 10:39:50

They are better than the midwife in this case.
Ring them up, you don't want to pass out with three children and PG.

SloanePeterson Tue 03-Jun-14 21:15:08

I have to say, I did lie down after dinner, on my bed with the windows wide open and it did help a bit, but I can't do it every day. I'm more concerned that I can't keep myself hydrated. Low blood pressure and morning sickness seem a bit of a bad combination. I'm sick when I eat, and equally sick when I don't. I don't feel able to stomach anymore than small sips of drink at a time which I know won't be helping. I made myself a thin broth style soup for dinner which did seem to go down easier, but still made me feel very faint. I think it's just a case of having to push through til I can stomach more foods. Apparently upping my salt might help, but that seems a bit stupid if I'm already most likely dehydrated.

coffeeinbed Tue 03-Jun-14 21:19:57

Please please call your GP and your midwife and tell them this.

the dehydrated bit is not good, the sickness and the low BP as well.
Don't rely on pushing through.

See your GP and don't leave until you get some help.

SloanePeterson Tue 03-Jun-14 21:32:43

I don't yet have a midwife. I'll see if I can get to speak to a dr on the phone tomorrow, I'm not keen to drag ds down there again when they're always running so late. Thank you for taking me seriously btw, coffee. Intend to think I'm wasting my drs time whenever I go, but really, I'm walking around feeling completely spaced out all the time. Not good.

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