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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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Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH)

All the answers you're looking for about PIH.

What’s the best way to treat PIH?

If your PIH is considered mild and your baby isn’t yet fully developed, your OB will keep a close eye on you (so expect more frequent appointments) and advise you to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, consume less salt and rest, preferably on your left side -- to take the baby’s weight off your major blood vessels. If your hypertension is more severe, you may be put on blood pressure medication. If you’re closer to your due date, your doctor may recommend delivering your baby pronto.

What can I do to prevent PIH?

Most of the time, preventing PIH is out of your hands, although there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk. Luckily, they’re all part of having a healthy pregnancy: Eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, and get enough rest. You can also try cutting back on salt and elevating your feet during the day when you have a chance.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have PIH?

“I had it and was monitored a lot toward the end. They just need to make sure your blood pressure stays in a relatively safe area, or the baby will get less oxygen and that’s not good. They will check it frequently and maybe put you on bed rest if it’s high enough.”

“I had it the worst with my third. I was there every other day for an NST -- even weekends. I also had a BPP 2x a week. I did 24-hour urines every few days. Finally, blood work showed my liver and kidneys weren’t doing so hot, and I was induced at 38 weeks after a horrible NST, where her heart rate dropped into the 80s.”

“I had it. It was stressful! I was a mess thinking DS would be born too soon! I was induced three days before my due date, but it was because I had low fluids, not because of the hypertension.”

“Mine started getting high around 28 weeks, so I was monitoring it at home. I ended up in the hospital due to high BP about 30 weeks. I was discharged four days later when all results came back fine. Luckily I was checking my blood pressure myself, because it skyrocketed and DS was born a few hours later.”

Are there any other resources for PIH?

March of Dimes

Plus, more from The Bump:

Preeclampsia

Hypertension During Pregnancy

HELLP Syndrome

-- C. Joseph Cadle, MD, ob-gyn, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, GA

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