Talk to a health professional about how hypertension might affect you and your baby during pregnancy
If you are thinking about having a baby and you have high blood pressure, talk with your health professional first about ways of preventing problems during pregnancy.
Taking steps to control your blood pressure before and during pregnancy – and getting regular prenatal care – go a long way toward ensuring your well-being and your baby’s health.
Before becoming pregnant:
Adopt healthy lifestyle habits and ensure that your blood pressure is under control. Simple lifestyle changes such as limiting your salt intake, regular exercise, and losing weight if you are overweight can be helpful.
Talk with your health professional about how hypertension might affect you and your baby during pregnancy, and what you can do to prevent or minimize problems.
If you are currently on medication for your blood pressure, ask your health professional whether you should change medications or the amount your daily dose. In some circumstances, your health professional may recommend that you stop taking your medication altogether during pregnancy.
Experts in America, currently recommend avoiding angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and Angiotensin II (AII) receptor antagonists during pregnancy; other blood pressure medications may be OK for you to use. However, we recommend that you do not stop or change your medicines without your health professional’s instruction.
While you are pregnant:
- Establish regular prenatal check-ups with your health professional/s
- DO NOT drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes
- Talk with your health professional about any non-prescription medications you are taking or are thinking about taking
- Maintain healthy Lifestyle habits, including moderate exercise
Issues for Women – continued:
High Blood Pressure, or Hypertension
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Women using oral contraceptives usually experience a very small increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure …
Many pregnant women with high blood pressure have healthy babies without serious problems. However, high blood pressure can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus …
Preeclampsia is a condition that is primarily caused by increased blood pressure and protein in the mother’s urine. Unfortunately, there is no single test to predict or diagnose preeclampsia …
Hormone Replacement Therapy
A recent study indicated that blood pressure does not increase significantly with hormone replacement therapy in most women with and without high blood pressure. However …
Benefits of Weight Loss
Being overweight is a risk factor for health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, arthritis, gall bladder disease, gynecologic problems, some cancers, and even lung problems …
You owe it to yourself and loved one’s to learn more about the cause of high blood pressure in women, and how to manage blood pressure naturally.
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