hypertension

How Dangerous is Pre-eclampsia?

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Dear Midwife,
I am about 33-weeks pregnant. I've had high blood pressure, in the 130s/50-60s, for a few weeks. At my last doctor appointment it was still high. I went back today because I had a headache and the pressure was right behind my eyes.

They took my blood pressure and it was 142/78, so they hooked me up to a monitor and then did a sonogram and I have to go back tomorrow. They are watching me for pre-eclampsia.

Lowering the Risk of Toxemia

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Dear Midwife,
Hi. I was hoping you could help me. I am now in the midst of trying for a third child. My last 2 pregnancies were horrible. I had toxemia for both and had to be put on blood pressure pills. Both were emergency c-sections. My last pregnancy was even worse they had to deliver her at 7 months because she was not growing and was showing signs of distress.

Non-stress Test: Monitoring Your Baby's Well-Being

Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.