High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

Most non-pregnant women with high blood pressure have what is called ' essential hypertension '. Since high blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of having pre-eclampsia and a small-for-dates baby - one that has not grown as big as it should have for the stage it has reached in pregnancy - you will require a little more antenatal care.

Majority of women with high blood pressure will have a successful pregnancy. If you take anti-hypertensive medication, this needs to be reviewed so that you can avoid medication that may have harmful effects on the pregnancy. This is obviously best considered prior to pregnancy and you should consult your doctor.

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