High blood pressure during pregnancy needs to be carefully monitored
Our San Antonio OBGYNs have the expertise to manage high blood pressure during pregnancy. A woman may have chronic hypertension, which is high blood pressure that is present before she becomes pregnant, or she may develop gestational hypertension during pregnancy. Gestational high blood pressure develops after week 20 of pregnancy. Either type of hypertension can develop into a more serious condition called preeclampsia.
Our OBGYNs manage women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy on an individual basis, making a plan based on their blood pressure, health history and other factors.
Risks posed by high blood pressure during pregnancy
Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy or preeclampsia have a high-risk pregnancy, which our Round Rock OBGYNs will carefully monitor. Hypertension during pregnancy puts a woman at risk for certain health problems and complications.
- Blood flow into the placenta, affecting the amount of nutrients and oxygen to the baby
- Placental problems that may lead to preterm birth
- Increased risk of C-section
- Increased risk of placental abruption, a medical emergency that occurs when the placenta detaches prematurely from the uterine wall
- Higher risk of developing preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a serious condition that can develop during pregnancy
Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy may develop preeclampsia. One of the main signs of preeclampsia is proteinuria, or excessive amounts of protein in the urine. This condition puts both the mother and the baby at risk for complications, particularly placental problems and preterm birth. Preeclampsia can lead to maternal seizures or a very serious medical condition called HELLP syndrome.
Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing preeclampsia. Here are other factors that increase a woman’s risk of developing this condition.
- First pregnancy
- Being age 40 or older
- Multiple pregnancy
- A family history of preeclampsia
- Having had the condition during a previous pregnancy
- Having conditions such as diabetes, lupus or clotting disorders
Steps women can take to help control hypertension
Our OBGYNs carefully monitor women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy, and they also offer important tips for managing the condition.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.
- Get the recommended amount of exercise.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Follow our OBGYNs’ instructions, such as monitoring blood pressure at home.
Regular prenatal care is vital for women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy. Our OBGYNs have expertise in the management and care of women with high-risk pregnancies. Contact us today for an appointment.