Normal Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Pregnancy places extra strain on your cardiovascular system. It stands to reason that your blood pressure (BP) will need to adapt to this extra demand. So, what is considered normal for a pregnant woman?
The 140/80 Blood Pressure Prevalence During Pregnancy
Typically, a resting blood pressure of 140/80 is considered to be the ideal range for pregnant women. However, some vary slightly. Keep in mind that it also depends on your individual body’s particular limits. If a woman isn’t pregnant, the ideal BP range is typically lower, around 120/80.
What is High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy?
When the average reading of your blood pressure is higher than 140/80, your doctor may diagnose the condition as ‘pregnancy-induced hypertension’ (PIH). This isn’t the same as chronic hypertension (hypertension before conception) and may not always require further medical action.
PIH vs. Pre-eclampsia
PIH is generally a mild form of hypertension that shouldn’t lead to major health issues. However, other forms, such as pre-eclampsia, can be more serious and can occur only during pregnancy. If this is left untreated, it can cause problems with the mother’s and baby’s health — including, in the worst case, stroke, coma and death.
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
Several risk factors have been identified for high BP in pregnant women, including:
- Disorders like diabetes, chronic kidney disease and autoimmune conditions
- Exisiting chronic hypertension
- Smoking, or use of drugs or alcohol
Prevention and Treatment
The good news is that there are a number of steps you can take to prevent and manage high BP during pregnancy. Firstly, a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential, such as:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Monitoring weight
- Keeping active
- Avoiding cigarettes, drugs and alcohol
Other treatments include medication and stress management. It’s important to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you experience and to arrange regular BP monitoring throughout your pregnancy. Additionally, if you have a history of high BP, talk to your doctor before you conceive.
High BP (above 140/80) during pregnancy can be an indication of a health risk for both you and your baby. It’s essential that women take any necessary steps to ensure the safety of their pregnancy and to monitor their BP regularly. With the right approach, you can reduce the risk of complications and ensure your blood pressure remains at healthy levels during your pregnancy.
Please remember: this article is not a substitute for speaking directly to your doctor and seeking advice tailored to you and your baby’s individual health needs.
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