What Is Gestational Hypertension?
Gestational hypertension, also known as “pregnancy-induced hypertension” (PIH), refers to high blood pressure that occurs or worsens during pregnancy. If left untreated, gestational hypertension may progress to preeclampsia, a serious condition that puts both mom and baby at risk of injury. Untreated gestational hypertension and preeclampsia can lead to numerous complications, including kidney and liver problems, placental abruption, pre-term birth, intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and even death to mom and/or baby.
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What Are the Signs of Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia?
The signs of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia vary from person to person, and some women may not exhibit any symptoms at all. Your doctor should monitor you throughout your pregnancy to watch for signs of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia.
The following are some common signs of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia:
- Increased blood pressure compared to your pre-pregnancyblood pressure
- Protein in your urine
- Edema, or swelling, often in the feet, ankles, and legs
- Blurred, shaky, or double vision
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal pain, generally on the right side
- Urinary problems, such as passing a small amount of urine
- Impaired liver and kidney function
Is Gestational Hypertension Preventable?
While there is no known cause for gestational hypertension, regularly scheduled doctor visits to monitor your health (especially around 20 weeks of pregnancy, when gestational hypertension typically occurs) may help lower your risk of complications from untreated gestational hypertension.
Medical professionals recommend the following to help prevent gestational hypertension:
- Stay hydrated
- Limit salt intake
- Increase lean protein intake
- Avoid unhealthy foods
- Rest often, elevating your feet
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A baby born to a mother with gestational hypertension may be at risk for serious birth injuries, including damage to the brain. If untreated gestational hypertension caused injury to your baby, you may be able to hold the negligent parties responsible.
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