Nile Women's Health Care
OBGYNs & Certified Midwives located in Roswell, GA & Johns Creek, GA
While not common, high blood pressure is a dangerous condition that should be closely monitored during pregnancy and the postpartum period. As many as 8% of all pregnant Americans have high blood pressure during pregnancy. At Nile Women's Health Care in Roswell and Suwanee, Georgia, the caring pregnancy specialists understand the problems of high blood pressure in pregnancy, and they’re ready to help you take every step needed for a healthy high-risk pregnancy. Arrange your appointment by calling the office nearest you or scheduling online today.
High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy Q & A
What is high blood pressure in pregnancy?
High blood pressure means your blood pulses against your blood vessel walls too forcefully. There are several forms of high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Gestational hypertension is high blood pressure that starts after the 20th week of pregnancy in women who had normal blood pressure before pregnancy.
Chronic hypertension is either prepregnancy high blood pressure or high blood pressure that starts before the 20th week of your pregnancy. Chronic hypertension with superimposed preeclampsia means chronic hypertension along with protein in your urine or other hypertension-related complications.
Preeclampsia is a serious condition where high blood pressure starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and causes complications like kidney, liver, or brain damage. It can occur in women who’ve never had high blood pressure or in women with chronic hypertension. Preeclampsia occurs in about 1 in 25 pregnancies today.
High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous, so it's important to be aware of its potential problems and see your doctor for regular monitoring until you give birth.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure in pregnancy?
High blood pressure doesn't necessarily cause symptoms, but in the severe forms, like preeclampsia, you may experience:
- Blurry or double vision
- Facial and hand swelling
- Sudden weight gain
- Severe headaches
- Reduced urine output
- Nausea and vomiting
If you have these symptoms or suspect preeclampsia, reach out to Nile Women's Health Care right away.
What happens if you don’t treat high blood pressure in pregnancy?
High blood pressure during pregnancy can cause serious problems for both you and your baby.
- Restricted placental blood flow
- Poor fetal growth
- Needing labor induction
- Placental abruption
- Early delivery (before 37 weeks)
- Low birthweight
Because high blood pressure during pregnancy can potentially lead to devastating outcomes like stillbirth, regular high-risk pregnancy care is key to having a healthy pregnancy.
How is high blood pressure in pregnancy treated?
Treatment for high blood pressure in pregnancy may require more frequent prenatal care. Eating healthy and maintaining your weight are both important. You might need oral medication to maintain healthy blood pressure during pregnancy.
Your doctor may recommend monitoring your blood pressure at home every day. Report any new symptoms or blood pressure changes to Nile Women’s Health Care immediately to stay on track for a healthy pregnancy.
Call Nile Women’s Health Care or schedule an appointment online today.
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