Hypertension During Pregnancy

Hypertension is also called high blood pressure. Blood pressure moves blood in your body. Sometimes, the force that moves the blood becomes too strong. When you are pregnant, this condition should be watched carefully. It can cause problems for you and your baby.

HOME CARE

  • Make and keep all of your doctor visits.

  • Take medicine as told by your doctor. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take.

  • Eat very little salt.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Do not have drinks with caffeine.

  • Lie on your left side when resting.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have bad belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You have sudden puffiness (swelling) in the hands, ankles, or face.

  • You gain 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) or more in 1 week.

  • You throw up (vomit) repeatedly.

  • You have bleeding from the vagina.

  • You do not feel the baby moving as much.

  • You have a headache.

  • You have blurred or double vision.

  • You have muscle twitching or spasms.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You have blue fingernails and lips.

  • You have blood in your pee (urine).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well.