High Blood Pressure Disorders During Pregnancy – Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Even more concerning, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are on the rise.
“We have chronic hypertension. This is a woman who was diagnosed with hypertension even when she was not pregnant, or who was diagnosed with hypertension before the 20 weeks of pregnancy. That is chronic hypertension,” Dr. Oluwatosin Goje said. “Then we have gestational hypertension, as the word gestation, this is hypertension after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And this can now continue from gestational hypertension to become what we call Preeclampsia.”You could be owed a refund for that canceled event in Pennsylvania
Dr. Oluwatosin Goje said Preeclampsia is the more severe type of hypertension in pregnancy and can potentially impact organ function and the placenta. To avoid complications, she stresses women must be screened for high blood pressure before, during, and after pregnancy.
Dr. Oluwatosin Goje explains those over the age of 40 have an increased risk of developing hypertensive disorders during pregnancy, as well as those with diabetes, immune system disorders like lupus, or women who went through in vitro fertilization. She notes black women are also at an increased risk.
How can a woman lower her risk for high blood pressure during Pregnancy?
“Exercise, healthy diet, staying active, trying to be very intentional with your diet. I tell patients you’re not fasting or starving but they’re taking more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, and taking long walks. Trying to reduce stress,” Dr. Oluwatosin Goje said. “Stress has been known to complicate a lot of maternal morbidities, especially in Black women.”
Dr. Oluwatosin Goje said it’s essential to take measures before pregnancy to control blood pressure levels and decrease the risk of complications.