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Women with chronic
high blood pressure require special medical care
before, during, and after their pregnancies.
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 preeclampsia, your doctor may recommend that you take low-dose aspirin during the second and third trimesters of your 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 preeclampsia.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerWilliam Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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