Q&A: Will hypertension prevent me from having a healthy pregnancy?
I am 37 years old and was first diagnosed with hypertension when I was 17. Since my twenties, I have been on medication and am currently taking Avapro HCT (irbesartan 300 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg). I was born six weeks prematurely when mum was 21, and her second baby (at 28) was brought on early due to mums toxeamia, and mum was also very sick. Sadly, this child died two days later. My grandmother (mums mum), who had four children died at 30 from kidney failure and my mothers siblings all have hypertension and take meds. My father is now on anti hypertensives too. When I was 22, I was pregnant for five weeks and blood pressure read at 160/120. The pregnancy was terminated (due to personal circumstances). I have previously tried hydralazine and beta blockers and now understand why I wasn't put on these in the first place!!! Doctors and specialists have told me I could have a child but there are high risks involved. Judging from this information, what is your opinion and do you think adoption might be a better option for us?
Your situation and family history are particularly frightening. Yes, you can have a pregnancy, but you will definitely be high risk and should be under the care of a maternal-fetal specialist–in fact, you should get the opinion of one before getting pregnant.
Adoption, besides being a beautiful act, is definitely safer for you.