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 Getting Pregnant with High Blood Pressure

Getting Pregnant with High Blood Pressure

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If you have high blood pressure and thinking of having a baby. First thing you need to do is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Controlling your blood pressure before getting pregnant will ensure good health and wellbeing of both you and your baby.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Effects of High Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

Getting pregnant with high blood pressure can be dangerous for both you and your baby. Some of the complications of high blood pressure during pregnancy include:

Include at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, limit your salt intake, take medicines regularly and manage stress in your life to control your blood pressure.

Having a low birth weight baby. High blood pressure narrows down the blood vessels in your womb as a result of which your baby might not get enough oxygen and
nutrients resulting in slow growth.

  • Having a premature baby. Early delivery might need to be done to avoid serious health problems in both you and your baby in case
    of severe high blood
  • Having placental abruption in which placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before birth either partially or completely.
  • Preeclampsia which is high blood pressure and proteins in urine can lead to more serious conditions such as eclampsia. Eclampsia is characterised by life-threatening
    seizures during pregnancy.

Managing High Blood Pressure before Becoming Pregnant

To reduce future complications best thing to do is to manage it before getting pregnant. The following tips will help you to keep blood pressure under control.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Limit salt intake. Watch out for hidden sources of sodium.
  • Include at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day.
  • Participate in regular physical activity.
  • Regular monitoring of blood pressure and the medications
  • Do not stop or change your medicines unless you are advised to do so.

Making these changes will help you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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