If you suffer from chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), talk with your doctor before trying to become pregnant. You may need to take extra precautions throughout your pregnancy.
“People with hypertension have decreased blood flow to the uterus, which can affect a baby’s growth,” says Naomi L. Wahl, MD, FACOG, perinatologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “It can also contribute to a premature delivery.”
Perhaps most dangerous of all, hypertension can lead to pre-eclampsia, a condition during pregnancy that can jeopardize both the baby’s and mother’s life. In addition to high blood pressure, symptoms of pre-eclampsia include high levels of protein in the urine, changes in vision and upper abdominal pain.
“Your doctor can direct treatment for your hypertension to optimize the outcome for you and your baby,” says Wahl. “During your pregnancy, it is important that you receive regular monitoring to make sure your condition has not escalated.”
For more information on hypertension, call 573-331-3000.