by Anai Rhoads
About seven percent of all pregnant women develop high blood pressure, or preeclampsia during their pregnancies.
The combination of hypertension and the added stress of pregnancy can result in impaired heart, brain and kidney function. Other possible problems include:
- Poor circulation to the uterus
- Poor circulation to the placenta
- Oxygen-deprived fetus
- Malnourished fetus
You are at risk if you have a family history of high blood pressure, if you are diabetic, overweight or are over age 35.
In addition to seeing your doctor regularly, you may monitor your blood pressure at home to reduce the risk. If properly managed, you may have an uneventful pregnancy, with healthy babies.
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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