There are ways to manage high blood pressure safely during pregnancy and certain signs to look out for to ensure you and your baby stay healthy.
If you are currently taking medication to lower your blood pressure and want to try for a baby, speak to your Doctor just to check, as they may want to change you to a different medication. Some medicines that treat high blood pressure are not safe to take when pregnant.
During pregnancy, keeping active each day with a healthy diet can help to keep blood pressure within a normal range.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually after 20 weeks. It is a problem with the placenta that can cause blood pressure to rise and protein in urine and if left untreated, can be serious for the mother and baby.
Pre-eclampsia is more common if the woman had high blood pressure before becoming pregnant, if there was high blood pressure in previous pregnancies or if there is a history within the family (mother, sister).
This is why your blood pressure and urine are checked at your prenatal appointments and the urine test also checks for gestational diabetes.