High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

High blood pressure during pregnancy is not always serious but it can become a major problem for some pregnant women. Dr. Edward Hill discusses high blood pressure during pregnancy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Having high blood pressure while you are pregnant can cause serious problems. Some women with high blood pressure have headaches, vision changes, upper abdominal pain, or swelling in their hands or face.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially in the second half of your pregnancy or after delivery. You may need to take medicine or stay in the hospital.

Most of the time, the problems associated with high blood pressure in pregnant women start to go away right after delivery. But its important to know that preeclampsia and eclampsia can show up for the first time after your baby is born. Call your doctor if you have headaches, vision changes, upper abdominal pain, or very bad swelling in your hands.

It can take up to 12 weeks after your baby is born for your blood pressure to return to normal. If it doesnt, you may have chronic hypertension and will need to manage your blood pressure in the future.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.