High blood pressure in pregnancy may lead to more menopausal symptoms

When menopause comes to mind, many people think of hot flashes and night sweats as common occurrences associated with this bodily change. However, not all women get them. New research suggests that pregnancy increases the likelihood of a woman experiencing these symptoms later in life.

Researchers from the Netherlands recently discovered that there may be a link between menopausal hot flashes and women who have a hypertensive disease while pregnant. Hypertensive diseases are commonly associated with high blood pressure, and many females are diagnosed with them during their pregnancy calendar

The study, which is slated to be published in the journal Menopause, showed that about 82 percent of women who had conditions related to high blood pressure while expecting experienced hot flashes and night sweats during menopause later in life. Only 75 percent of females who didn't have hypertensive disorders had these symptoms while going through menopause.

While the difference is small, the researchers considered it worth noting. The results hint that there may be a genetic link behind menopausal symptoms and the diseases that women endure during pregnancy.

Maintaining your blood pressure while pregnant
Even if you don't have any known hypertensive diseases, it's worth verifying with your doctor as soon as you find out that you're pregnant. Additionally, a medical expert may be able to give you tips for reducing or maintaining your blood pressure as you go through your nine months.

High blood pressure can have many negative effects on baby development. The most notable one is the lack of oxygen supplied to the unborn child when his or her mother has a hypertensive disease. Some women may also put themselves at risk of cardiovascular disease later in life because of their blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. This condition is better known in the medical community as preeclampsia.

However, there are some easy ways that you can maintain your blood pressure without going on medication or making drastic changes to your lifestyle. Incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help you combat these ailments. Additionally, exercising regularly can benefit your body as you look to stay fit and avoid high blood pressure while pregnant. A combination of these tactics can yield positive results.

How have you maintained your blood pressure while pregnant in the past? Did you have to go through pregnancy with a hypertensive disease? Leave your feedback in the comments section!