Blood Pressure Alarms

Hypertension During Pregnancy

Hypertension during pregnancy leads to an increase in the level of blood pressure in a pregnant mother. But the main thing to consider in such a condition is whether hypertension preexists or arises during the gestation period. This is important in the context of proper treatment of hypertension during pregnancy. Generally, hypertension is bad, but if it occurs during pregnancy, it can be fatal for the mother and the child.
In fact, two of the serious dangers associated with pregnancy-induced blood pressure are maternal and neonatal morbidity. The incidence of pregnancy induced hypertension in all pregnancies in the United States is as high as 10%.

Hypertension during pregnancy can be the result of various causes, although there are no known causes till date. Hypertension during pregnancy  can occur either in the early or the late stages of pregnancy. It is seen that hypertensive pregnant mothers have unusually contracted blood vessels which may the root of pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Certain people are more prone to suffer from hypertension during pregnancy. There are certain risk factors connected with pregnancy-induced hypertension. Pregnant women with a history of hypertension, women with a history of diabetes, women of African American descent or women who have become pregnant before the age of 20 or after the age of 40 are prone to hypertension during pregnancy.    
Gestational hypertension is chiefly referred to as hypertension during pregnancy although there are two other types of hypertension complications related with pregnancy i.e. preeclampsia and essential hypertension. In fact, gestational hypertension occurs during pregnancy and typically goes away after delivery. On the other hand, essential hypertension is when the patient has a history of hypertension. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and other problems.
Family history of hypertension and other cardiovascular risks increase the chances of the pregnant woman suffering from hypertension during the term. Women with a history of family members with heart disease, hypertension and stroke are more likely to suffer from hypertension when they get pregnant. They also have a high risk of their hypertension developing into critical preeclampsia. The risk of preeclampsia increases two-fold for women who have two or more family members with hypertension.
Thus, a women's vulnerability to having hypertension during pregnancy increases if there is a  history of hypertension in the family. It is important to take proper care of the pregnant women who suffers from hypertension in order to ensure the safety of the mother and child.