High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (Heart Health)
If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure, you may be worried about how this condition will affect you and your baby. The effects of this problem â€” which is often part of a more general condition called preeclampsia â€” can vary depending on a number of factors. Here’s what we do know: According to the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP), preeclampsia does not generally increase a woman’s risk for developing chronic hypertension or other heart-related problems later in life. The NHBPEP also reports that preeclampsia symptoms, including high blood pressure, usually subside within six weeks of delivery in women with normal blood pressure who develop the condition after the 20th week of their first pregnancy.
Other women, however, may be more likely to develop high blood pressure or other heart disease later in life if they have preeclampsia. More research is needed to determine the long-term health effects of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and to develop better methods for identifying, diagnosing, and treating women at risk for these conditions.
Even though high blood pressure during pregnancy and other related disorders can be serious in some women, most have successful pregnancies. Obtaining early and regular prenatal care is the most important thing you can do to treat and prevent these complications