Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, sometimes also known as gestational hypertension, is hypertension during pregnancy. It is actually a pretty common pregnancy complication, occurring in somewhere around six to eight percent of pregnancies. Sometimes pregnancy induced hypertension can lead a very serious complication known as preeclampsia that must be treated right away. Pregnancy induced hypertension is high blood pressure that is diagnosed after week twenty of your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Risk factors

Many different women get pregnancy induced hypertension for many different reasons. Some of the risk factors for pregnancy induced hypertension include being pregnant for the first time, a family history of pregnancy induced hypertension, being pregnant with multiples, being pregnant under 20 or over 40, and if you had high blood pressure or kidney problems prior to becoming pregnant. Your doctor will check your blood pressure at each appointment, and will also do urine tests to see if there is any protein in your urine.

Ways to treat

If your doctor determines that you do have pregnancy induced hypertension, there are several different ways to treat it. If you are pretty far along in your pregnancy, and your baby would be okay if delivered, your doctor might suggest going ahead and delivering your baby. Sometimes the only real cure for pregnancy induced hypertension is getting that baby out of there so that your blood pressure can go back to normal. However, if your baby is not fully developed, and your doctors don’t think it would be safe to deliver your baby yet, they might suggest that you lower your salt intake, drink at least eight glasses of water per day, and rest on your left side to take as much pressure as possible off of your baby. In some cases, your doctor might think that the benefits outweigh the risks, and they might put you on blood pressure medication.

How to prevent

Pregnancy induced hypertension affects your baby because it prevents your baby from getting enough blood. This can lead to having a baby with a low birth weight. There really is no way to prevent pregnancy induced hypertension, but it can sometimes be kept under control with diet and exercise. It most cases, pregnancy induced hypertension will return to normal soon after delivering your baby. Sometime it takes a few weeks, but it will usually go back to normal. If, for some reason it doesn’t return to normal, your doctor can help you figure out how to keep it under control.

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