High blood pressure during pregnancy is dangerous

  • November 12, 2014 | Kim Lamont

Blood pressure check. Photo courtesy of Army Medicine

If you are diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), you will need to stay in the hospital so that your blood pressure can be checked often, for your safety and that of your baby.

What does this mean?

There is no treatment for pre-eclampsia, however there is medication available that could help to bring down mother’s blood pressure without harming baby.

In some women the medication does not help to lower blood pressure. If blood pressure continues to rise, the only solution is for the baby to be born.

If the baby is not born, the mother’s blood pressure will continue to go up which may cause her to have a fit or a stroke and die, together with the baby.

Once the baby is born, the mother’s blood pressure usually returns to normal.

What should I do?

Depending on how high your blood pressure is and how quickly it is rising, you may have to be admitted to hospital. This is important so that doctors and nurses can monitor your blood pressure and make decisions that will ensure your health and that of your unborn baby.

In most women who have pre-eclampsia, blood pressure will return to normal once the baby has been born. A small number of women who continue to experience high blood pressure after pregnancy and will need to take regular medication to keep their blood pressure normal.

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