Your blood pressure is checked at each prenatal visit to detect any changes from your normal reading.
For approximately 7% of all pregnant women, high blood pressure or hypertension does become a problem. If your blood pressure is elevated, it can affect you and your baby's well-being. Some women enter pregnancy with higher than normal blood pressure readings. For others, high blood pressure is pregnancy induced (high blood pressure that develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy). If, at a prenatal visit, your blood pressure is higher than what is normal for you, your blood pressure will be re-checked and our doctors and nurses may order further testing.
The four categories of hypertension in pregnancy are:
Gestational hypertension is usually diagnosed in the third trimester of pregnancy and can occur after delivery. Pregnant women most at risk for this disorder include:
Promptly contact your provider if any of the following symptoms occur:
Talk with your midwife/doctor to formulate a treatment plan.
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