Problems with blood pressure pregnancy can expose the mother and the fetus to several complications. High blood pressure is a serious and life threatening condition and in the U.S., between 6% and 8% of all women have blood pressure problems during pregnancy.
Some women are at a greater risk of getting high blood pressure while pregnant than others.this problem can occur especially:
- if you are under 20 or over 40,
- if you were obese before the pregnancy,
- if you are carrying more than one baby,
- if you have conditions that cause high blood pressure such as lupus and kidney ailments
- if you had chronic hypertension before the pregnancy.
That’s not to say that there will be problem if you are in a risk group. Many of the women who have babies while suffering from high blood pressure deliver healthy babies.
You should start controlling your high blood pressure the moment you decide you want to have a baby.
Most of the measures taken to control of blood pressure are also important in preventing and curing other conditions diabetes, for example.
The usual way of controlling high blood pressure is with medication, however, you should talk to your medical practitioner before you become pregnant because some medications are unsafe for pregnancies.
You can also stabilize high blood pressure by exercising to reduce your weight or by taking natural medications or with diet.
Note that all methods used to control high blood pressure before the pregnancy are also used to control the blood pressure while pregnant and to prevent high blood pressure in the first place.
Dieting is an important factor in controlling high blood pressure before and after the pregnancy. The diet should be low in sodium – most of the sodium we consume is found in table salt. You should avoid processed foods and instead go for whole grains. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, saturated fats and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
There are also many herbal preparations that can assist in reducing blood pressure.
Some women get preeclampsia in the 20th week of the pregnancy or thereabouts and this will usually lead to gestational hypertension in women who were healthy before the pregnancy. Gestational hypertension can be controlled just like the high blood pressure that was evident before the pregnancy.
Even though you are controlling high blood pressure, be on the lookout for low blood pressure.
This will help you better manage the condition.
You should always have a blood pressure monitor to keep track of your BP and to avoid constant visits to your doctor.
Knowing your blood pressure is important for a healthy pregnancy and indeed for a healthy life.