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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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

Plus, more from The Bump:

Preeclampsia

Who is at risk for preterm labor?

What is HELLP syndrome?

-- Michele Hakakha, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California

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