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Signs of High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked.
Most people do not have any signs.
Your Care
If you have high blood pressure:
• Check your blood pressure often.
• Go to your regular doctor visits to check you and your baby.
• Take your blood pressure medicine as ordered by your doctor. Take your
medicine even if you feel well.
• Limit salt intake.
• Exercise most every day.
• Get plenty of rest. Lie on your left side to give your baby the most oxygen.
Ask for help if you work or have other small children.
• Reduce stress.
Gestational Hypertension
Your doctor will check your health during pregnancy to watch for gestational
hypertension. Gestational hypertension can progress to pre-eclampsia or
eclampsia. This can affect the placenta, and the mother’s kidneys, liver, and
Signs of Preeclampsia
• Headache
• Heartburn
• Blurred vision or seeing spots
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain in the upper right side of the stomach
If you have high blood pressure and seizures, it is called eclampsia.

Treatment for gestational hypertension may include lowering your blood
pressure with bed rest or medicines, a hospital stay, or delivery of your baby.

Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of these signs or have any
questions or concerns.

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