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
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
Women with elevated blood pressure during
pregnancy receive frequent blood pressure readings, blood tests, and urine
screens for signs of pre-eclampsia.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine