Thanks for writing in.
Methyl Dopa is the drug of choice in pregnancy induced hypertension
. It is a relatively safe drug for you and your baby.
In addition , I would advise you to reduce the salt intake in your diet. No pickles or salty food. Include more bananas in your diet. Bananas are rich in potassium and do help in lowering blood pressure.
Headache and swelling you experienced might be the symptoms of hypertension and might not be due to the drug.
As a safety measure, if you experience further episodes of headache, blurring of vision, swelling of the feet, decreased fetal movements, please visit the obstetrician immediately.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan