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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Some pregnant women - about seven in 100 - will develop high blood pressure during their pregnancy which can be dangerous to you and your baby.

A small rise in blood pressure may not be a problem, but your healthcare provider will check your pressure during prenatal visits to make sure it doesn't get too high.


Signs of high blood pressure in pregnancy:

  • swelling in your hands and face
  • rapid weight gain
  • unusual headaches that don’t go away
  • blurred vision
  • spots or stars in front of your eyes
  • pain in the upper right side of your abdomen

High blood pressure or Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) is a serious condition that can lead to toxemia and pre-eclampsia.

If you have any of these symptoms contact your doctor or midwife or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 immediately.


Resources and Links:

HealthLink BC: Preeclampsia - High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
HealthLink BC: Chronic High Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

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