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KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY

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KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY

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One of the major complications during pregnancy, and one of the causes of a serious health problem that might affect both the mother and the baby is hypertension. This might occur during pregnancy or throughout delivery.1

 

High blood pressure later in pregnancy can be an early sign of pre-eclampsia also called pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) 2, 3. It can cause serious complications like having heart, kidney, and liver problems. Moreover, it might results in stroke, blood clotting, and seizures. Your baby might also be affected, as it leads to decreased blood flow to the placenta. As a result, you can become more likely to have a cesarean section and an early baby delivery.4

Some factors can increase your risk of getting high blood pressure during pregnancy, this includes being overweight, being a smoker or having family history of pregnancy-induced hypertension.1

 

Managing hypertension early can minimize the health complications that might affect you and your baby1. Stay safe and healthy by closely monitoring your pregnancy with your health care professional.4

References:

1.       What Do You Want to Know About Pregnancy? Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy#symptoms Last accessed: 21/06/2019

2.       The Pregnancy Book. NHS. Available at https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf Last accessed: 21/06/2019

3.       Having a baby. NSW Health. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/kidsfamilies/MCFhealth/Publications/having-a-baby.pdf Last accessed: 21/06/2019

4.       High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy. Planned Parenthood. Available at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy/high-blood-pressure-pregnancy Last accessed: 21/06/2019