Pregnancy and Hypertension

Topic: Pregnancy and Hypertension: Here are some facts that you must keep in mind

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the major concern for some pregnant women. Hypertension during pregnancy may lead to less flow of blood to the placenta leading to slow growth of the foetus.

Pregnancy is a delicate time for a woman. Keeping track of the health of to be a mother and the foetus at this time is crucial. Ignoring the health of the pregnant woman and not following the measures suggested by the doctor can lead to serious complications. Therefore, regular check-ups, keeping track of the blood pressure and blood sugar of the pregnant woman is important to have a healthy delivery and a healthy baby.

In this article, Dr Mukta Nadig, Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal shares her insights on pregnancy and hypertension.

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the major concern for some pregnant women. Hypertension during pregnancy may lead to less flow of blood to the placenta leading to slow growth of the foetus, low birth weight and premature delivery. Hence, following a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular check-up is vital during pregnancy. High blood pressure can be present either before pregnancy or may be experienced during pregnancy. Managing the blood pressure well and modifications to lifestyle may help in avoiding serious problems. There are several possible causes of hypertension during pregnancy.

What are the causes?

  • Being obese
  • Having a history of pregnancy-related hypertension
  • First-time pregnancy
  • Age over 35 years
  • Assistive reproductive technology like IVF
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Being lethargic without any physical activity

While these are the causes which can increase the possibility of hypertension, lack of physical activity during pregnancy, age, first-time pregnancy and multiple pregnancies are the major risk factors for hypertension.

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