Quoting Atlantis Rodriguez:" Having more of a scare.... I started getting this headache and felt like it was starting to turn into ... [snip!] ... e nuts... if my blood pressure doesn't go back to normal by morning i'm gonna say screw my doctor and just go to the e.r."
Normal before pregnancy or normal during pregnancy? Pre-E isn't a big concern if your bp is lower than normal and during pregnancy, it's normal for your bp to be lower during the beginning of pregnancy. That's why you hear about so many pregnant women fainting. At my lowest during the early 2nd tri, my bp was 85/45. My normal bp not pregnant is about 110/75ish. Pre-E doesn't start until after 20 weeks. Before then, it's not pregnancy induced high bp.
(Fun fact I learned while freaking out in the OR last pregnancy...
I have major white coat hypertension, so i go near a hospital and my bp shoots up.)
After 20 weeks, you can actually go straight to L&D any time you want. I can't tell you how many times I went in and got checked when pregnancy got scary. Sometimes I was freaking out for no reason, but I was so freaked out that I couldn't tell if there was a real problem or if i was just anxious. Sometimes it just wasn't worth waiting hours before I figured out which it was. It kind of sounds like you might need a little reassurance from an actual dr that her heart rate was normal anyway.