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Not (PIC)turing Pregnancy - Hypertension

Hypertension-What is it?

When you have high blood pressure it pushes against the walls of your arteries in your body which puts stress on different organs. High blood pressure would be considered having either 140 systolic (top number) or 90 diastolic (bottom number).



  • When you are at or above these blood pressure levels you may be at higher risk of hypertension.

  • Hypertension increases the risk of strokes, heart disease and kidney disease.

  • If you become pregnant and have hypertension it can cause serious problems for your child.

  • When there is an increase of blood pressure it puts more stress on organs and can result in a preterm, low birth weight or preeclampsia.



  • You can get a blood pressure reading at primary care appointment and learn how to control your blood pressure to avoid health complications.

  •  You can improve your blood pressure levels by having a regular exercise routine, losing weight if you are overweight or gaining weight if you are underweight and limiting salt in your diet.

  • If you are taking medication for your hypertension discuss with your doctor if the medicine and the amount you are taking are safe to use if you were to get pregnant.



Page Updated: 8/9/2017