How is high blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy treated?

High blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the severity, cause and time of onset. Mothers with all forms of hypertension will need to be monitored closely. This could include more prenatal visits, ultrasounds, and other tests to ensure the baby’s well-being (monitoring of fetal heart rate or activity).

What steps can I take to have a safe delivery with high blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy?

Steps that patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy can take to help the chances of having a safe and healthy delivery include:

  • Taking any blood pressure medication as prescribed
  • Going to all of your prenatal visits
  • Having an early delivery if it is needed
  • Maintaining a healthy diet (low-sodium foods are recommended)
  • Following your healthcare providers instructions regarding activity and exercise

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