High blood pressure (hypertension) means that the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong.
Mild high blood pressure during pregnancy is not usually dangerous. Your doctor will probably just want to watch you closely. But when blood pressure is very high, it can reduce oxygen to your baby. This can affect how well your baby grows.
High blood pressure also means that you are at higher risk for:
To prevent problems for you or your baby, you will have to check your blood pressure often. You will do this until after your baby is born.
If your blood pressure rises suddenly or is very high during your pregnancy, your doctor may prescribe medicines. They can usually control blood pressure.
If your blood pressure affects your or your baby's health, your doctor may need to deliver your baby early. After your baby is born, your blood pressure will probably improve. But sometimes blood pressure problems continue after birth.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter A052 in the search box to learn more about "High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: Care Instructions."
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.