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.
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