Pregnancy and High-Blood Pressure

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High-blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can cause serious health problems for pregnant women. If left untreated, it can lead to preeclampsia, premature birth and other serious illnesses. 

If you’re planning to have a baby, and you have high-blood pressure, it’s important to take steps to control your blood pressure. Please read below to learn more.

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a serious form of high-blood pressure that occurs in some pregnant women.

Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia

  • Swollen face and hands
  • Headaches that won’t go away
  • Blurred vision, or seeing spots
  • Pain in the upper-left side of your belly
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting (over 20 weeks pregnant)
  • Sudden weight gain

Please tell your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.

Tips for controlling your blood pressure

  • If you need medicine to keep your blood pressure under control, take it every day as prescribed by your doctor
  • Go to all of your prenatal care visits. Your doctor will check your blood pressure at every visit.
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay active – unless your doctor has told you not to.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight – talk with your doctor about a weight that’s healthy for you
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