Blood Pressure Alarms

Hypertension Pregnancy

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common complication for a significant portion of  pregnant women. Hypertension during pregnancy can be hazardous, although transient high  blood pressure during pregnancy is rarely a life-threatening problem. One of the problems of hypertension during pregnancy is that blood flow to the placenta reduces day by day, thereby negatively affecting the baby’s development. This may lead to an early or preterm delivery of the baby.

There are three types of hypertension complications related with pregnancy viz gestational hypertension, preeclampsia and essential hypertension. Gestational hypertension occurs in pregnant women and vanishes after the delivery. On the other hand, essential hypertension is indicative of the woman having a history of hypertension, prior to conception. But the most dangerous type of hypertension is preeclampsia. It is characterized by concurrent high blood pressure and kidney problems.

Hypertension pregnancy is when the pregnant woman suffers from high blood pressure. Pregnancy-induced blood pressure can be quite perilous due to its complications. In its most severe form, hypertension during pregnancy may cause the infant's or the mother's death. As there are no known cures of pregnancy induced hypertension, the expecting mother should consult the physician if facing symptoms, to get a correct diagnosis.

  Higher than normal blood pressure, edema in the face or neck, excess weight gain, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and flashes of lights are some of the symptoms indicative of pregnancy induced hypertension. As the complications can be serious, pregnant women consult  health care professional if they experience any of these symptoms.

Though there is no cure of pregnancy-induced hypertension, your health care provider may prescribe you some medications. Bed rest and continuous monitoring of blood pressure levels are both very important.

After delivery, high blood pressure normally disappears automatically.  In case of hypertension early in pregnancy, you need to weigh the pros and cons of having an early cesarean section or carrying the term.

Pregnancy is full of fun and exciting future prospects. A pregnant mother can look forward to joys of childbirth if she looks after her health very carefully and listens to her gynecologist’s advice about hypertension. She needs to be aware of the symptoms of hypertension and seek medical advice when necessary.