I have a couple of questions. My husband and I are ready to start trying for a family and I have tried to get an appointment with local doctors for a consultation to pick the one that we like best. Most aren't available until I become pregnant. I am overweight. I am about 5'-6" and weigh about 240 lbs. I also have elevated blood pressure and take 25mg of Toprol XL per day to control it (It still runs around 130/88 on a regaular basis). Besides these two things, I have no other health problems. I have started exercising on a regular basis, take a prenatal vitamin and watch what I eat (no more processed foods, lots of fruits and veggies, etc..)
My questions are:
1. Can my husband and I go ahead and start trying for a family?
2. Do I need to change blood pressure medication?
3. I had read somewhere that preeclampsia runs in the family. My mother and sister both had it with one of their children (they were average weight with no previous blood pressure problems). Does that mean that I will probably get it also? Is there anything that I can do to try and avoid it?
4. My sister also had placenta previa, her and the baby almost died when her waters were broke. Does that run in the family and should I be worried about it?
Thanks for any help you can give!