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May 31, 2018

Postpartum Blood Pressure

It’s been a little over 1 year since I received my first prescription for high blood pressure medicine! If you’ve been following along with us, you might remember Kee’s dramatic birth story. If not, you can read about that now! After he was born, the doctors told me that I had high blood pressure! For the past year, I’ve struggled with the thought of having to take medicine for the rest of my life just to control my postpartum blood pressure! I’m not a huge fan of taking medicine if there are alternatives! Growing up, my parents both suffered from high blood pressure. So do my siblings! I started to think that maybe this was just my new normal!

Then a couple of months ago, Brian and I watched the Netflix documentary “What the Health!” After watching that documentary, my perception of eating meat totally changed. Prior to this, we would eat meat with pretty much every meal. I didn’t cook (or buy) a lot of vegetables or fruit. Terrible I know! I was always in Chick-fila’s drive thru and the thought of giving up my beloved chicken tenders hurt my heart! But I had also started to grow tired of the taste of chicken and beef. I felt like I had to mask the taste of the meat in order to even eat it! At that point, Brian and I decided to change the way we cooked and ate as a family!

I couldn’t part with my beloved seafood and so we decided to become┬áPescetarians. It means that we eat seafood, but no other animals such as chicken, pig or beef! It’s been going really great for the past few months! It’s been fun trying new vegetables! I really like zucchini and cauliflower! I never knew that cauliflower could be made into rice!

After a few weeks of changing my eating habits and not taking the blood pressure pills, I decided to check my blood pressure! It was normal! It was lower than it was with the prescription medicine! I wasn’t sure if it was real or not. Over the last few weeks, I’ve randomly checked my blood pressure! Every time it has been normal! I think I knew that my eating habits weren’t helping my blood pressure situation, but I had no idea just how bad they were! I’m not sure that we will remain pescetarians forever, but for now, I’m thankful to know that a few changes have gone along ways for my health!

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