Expert advice: Here’s what you need to know about hypertension in pregnancy
While so much about a woman’s body changes during pregnancy, one thing that should remain fairly stable is blood pressure levels. You may be surprised to know that normal blood pressure readings for pregnant females should be the same as readings for women who are not pregnant.
Unfortunately, many women do experience high blood pressure during pregnancy, leading to potential complications for mom and baby alike. The good news is that patients and physicians can take steps to manage blood pressure in pregnant women, which usually results in good outcomes for mom and child.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 12 to 16 pregnancies among women ages 20 to 44 are affected by high blood pressure. With women now tending to become pregnant at older ages, high blood pressure among pregnant women is becoming more common.
As we mark February as American Heart Month, here is an overview of high blood pressure during pregnancy.