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High Blood Pressure and Your Pregnancy

Gestational hypertension is a condition in which the mother develops high blood pressure at some point in her pregnancy after the baby reaches 20 weeks of gestation. A normal blood pressure is 120/80 and gestational hypertension is defined at 140/90 or greater.

Is Gestational hpertension serious?

Gestational hypertension is serious because it can develop into preeclampsia or eclampsia. We do not know exactly why some women develop preeclampsia, but we know that some may be at more risk than others such as those with chronic health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, but it can happen to anyone.

Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia

While preeclampsia effects 5-8% of pregnancies, it is important that everyone knows that signs and symptoms of preeclampsia to report to your provider because it can be a serious condition that affects you and your unborn baby because it affects the blood flow not only to the baby, but to important organs in your body such as the kidneys and liver.

Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia in pregnancy include:

  • headache
  • blurry vision
  • seeing stars or flashes of light
  • swelling in your hands, face or legs
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea or vomiting.

If you experience these systems, it is important to notify your provider immediately.

Visit this preeclampsia website for more information.