Having high blood pressure during pregnancy can lead to serious complications. MaineHealth has services and care that help prevent and educate mothers on how to avoid and treat high blood pressure before, during and after pregnancy.
What is gestational hypertension?
Gestational hypertension is high blood pressure that develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The high blood pressure usually goes away after the baby is delivered. Women who have gestational hypertension have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure after pregnancy.
Make a plan with your provider about what to do to control your blood pressure during pregnancy.
Gestational hypertension risk factors
Gestational hypertension tends to affect women who:
Are first-time mothers
Are carrying multiple babies
Are younger than 20 years old
Are older than 40 years old
Have a family history of gestational hypertension
Had high blood pressure or kidney disease before pregnancy
Having gestational hypertension can lead to:
Low birth weight
Gestational hypertension symptoms
High blood pressure does not show any symptoms. This is why it is so important to know your blood pressure, and have a routine physical exam that checks all your vital signs, including blood pressure.
How is gestational hypertension diagnosed?
Testing for gestational hypertension is easy, effective and painless. Your healthcare provider will test your urine and blood pressure at each prenatal visit to determine if you have gestational hypertension.
Gestational hypertension management and treatment
High blood pressure can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication,.
Regular prenatal care is crucial for a healthy delivery of any baby.
Regular monitoring can help doctors know if a pregnant woman and her baby are at increased risk of further complications. Managing hypertension while pregnant is the best way to prevent complications.