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Pregnant with hypertension. High BP at the hospital. How can I calm myself during the hospital visits?

Hello, I have controlled hypertension and am 24 weeks pregnant. I also have white coat phobia and a fear of having my bp taken and getting a high reading. However I check it at home everyday and it is always very good. However, when I get to the ob doctor (even the night before) I get anxiety and when I sit down to have it taken I panic. It s really upsetting and disappointing because I know that it is actually under control but it s hard to prove when all the doctor sees is a high reading. I can t take anxiety pills being pregnant so I need an effective way to calm myself? Thank you
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Anxiety is from your internal reaction to expectation of doctors' opinion.
Remember - if there is no appointment, there is no disappointment! / if you don't get set yourself up for a thing - you don't get upset!
Relax / Be bold / Tell yourself, you can face the situation, whatever be the outcome / The doctor is like any other friend but happens to treat / Whatever may be the pressure, it is treatable / medicine is well advanced nowadays - most problems have solution... / so on so forth Bio-feedback and relaxation exercises / if necessary, COUNSELLING -
Well, you will do well - so well that your doctor's pressure may go up!
After all, the doctor is not super-human. He/she is one of our kind!

BP can now be monitored - 24 hours or more - automatically - without human interface.
The small machine is hooked up and you go home. You return next day to get it removed for analysis.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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