Health Tip: High Blood Pressure While You're Pregnant

-- High blood pressure during pregnancy may develop into a dangerous condition called preeclampsia -- putting both mom and baby at risk.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers these suggestions to help make your pregnancy safer:

  • Before you become pregnant, work with your doctor to get your blood pressure within a normal range.
  • Help manage high blood pressure with a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight loss.
  • Always take your blood pressure medicines as your doctor prescribes.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking high blood pressure medication during pregnancy.
  • Once you are pregnant, visit your doctor regularly to closely monitor your blood pressure, both at the doctor's office and at home.
  • Talk to your doctor about kidney disease or any other health conditions that may impact your blood pressure.
  • If you develop symptoms of preeclampsia -- including headaches, rapid weight gain, visual problems or swelling of the hands or face -- contact your doctor immediately.

Posted: June 2009


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