Hypertension During Pregnancy
Do you have high blood pressure? Here's the info you need to keep you and baby healthy throughout your pregnancy.
What can I do to prevent hypertension?
Healthy diet and exercise can help prevent hypertension; so can being a nonsmoker.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have high blood pressure?
“I was diagnosed with hypertension when I was 20, after a bad reaction to birth control pills. I have been on medication for it since. When I got pregnant, my family doctor referred me to a cardiologist, who switched me to Labetalol. It took a few weeks to get my medicine adjusted to the right levels, but once we did, I haven't had to increase my dosage and my blood pressure has actually been better in pregnancy than it was pre-pregnancy. ”
“I took Methyldopa (aka Aldomet) during my last pregnancy and maxed out on it right around 28 wks. Its one of the safest drugs but its an old one so people typically need multiple doses over a period of time to get it to work right. "
“When my blood pressure went up I started having other signs and symptoms of preeclampsia at the same time. So right now my blood pressure is controlled on other meds, but if my labs don't remain stable the only cure is to deliver the baby.”
Are there any other resources for hypertension?
March of Dimes
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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