Pregnancy can do weird things to your body. When moms, who have never shown symptoms of high blood pressure, develop high blood pressure after the twentieth week of pregnancy, but there are no accompanying symptoms such as protein in the urine, which can be a sign of preeclampsia, it is probably gestational hypertension. Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) has some of the same symptoms of other complications but only your healthcare provider can diagnose PIH. Women who have high blood pressure prior to twenty weeks most likely have chronic hypertension. High blood pressure is generally defined as 140/90 or higher. If you have any questions call Solace Women's Care for help navigating the twists and turns of pregnancy with our high-risk obstetrical services.
One complication of pregnancy can be preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organ systems, often the kidneys. The symptoms of preeclampsia do not begin until the twentieth week or beyond. Preeclampsia happens in women whose blood pressure has, until then, been completely normal. Even a slight rise can be cause for concern. If left untreated, preeclampsia can have serious or even fatal complications for mom and baby. If you develop preeclampsia too early to deliver the baby, mom and doctor must work together to treat the condition while giving baby time to mature. If you have any questions about preeclampsia call Solace Women's Care to schedule an appointment. We're here to help you on your way to parenthood.
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Treating high blood pressure is different than treating gestational hypertension induced, or in other words, induced by pregnancy. The goal of treatment is to keep the development of more serious conditions from happening. The well-being of the baby must be considered as well as the treatment of mom's condition, which makes the treatment a little trickier. Contact Solace Women's Care for advice and to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our health care providers.