Many women with chronic high blood pressure need little or no medicine during pregnancy. Blood pressure usually falls during early pregnancy, so medicine is often not needed unless blood pressure increases to higher levels.
To reduce your risk for pre-eclampsia, your doctor may recommend that you take low-dose aspirin during the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy.
Undiagnosed chronic high blood pressure and pregnancy
High blood pressure is a disorder with few or no symptoms. When planning a pregnancy, see your doctor for a review of pregnancy risks, such as high blood pressure.
Women with elevated blood pressure during pregnancy receive frequent blood pressure readings, blood tests, and urine screens for signs of pre-eclampsia.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine