How does high blood pressure affect your unborn baby?
High blood pressure in pregnancy can be extremely dangerous. This is also known as hypertension, so reducing hypertension in pregnancy is crucial to the overall health of the mother and the unborn child. Many women have this and deliver healthy babies without serious problems. Women with this silent killer during pregnancy can have certain complications with the birth than those without it.
Many women have high blood pressure during pregnancy. This can happen even if you have never had high blood pressure before you are pregnant. Blood pressure that increases during pregnancy is a sign of pregnancy-induced hypertension. This type of high blood pressure occurs during pregnancy.
So we saw how an increase in blood pressure could be dangerous. If left untreated, it can be fatal for both mother and child. Special care must be given to the health of the fetus. Consult a doctor as soon as the first symptoms of pregnancy have been observed and see if there are complications in your case. Be safe and help others follow the path of safety.
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy – Symptoms
What are the symptoms of hypertension?
It is unlikely that you will experience symptoms of high blood pressure – you may be worried about signs of high blood pressure. The truth is, however, that the vast majority of hypertensive patients have no symptoms. That means they have no idea that they have it. High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.”
You may have symptoms of high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you may experience a few symptoms. Here are some examples:
- A headache – they are ubiquitous. There are various causes such as a stress headache, migraine, and sinusitis. They can also be side effects of certain types of medication.
- Dizzying spells – they occur quite often and can have various causes, fainting (due to low blood pressure), pregnancy, anxiety, side effects of medication, withdrawal symptoms.
- Rinse the face – again not unusual. This can be due to alcohol, spicy food, food allergies, skin allergies or even hot flushes related to menopause.
- Nosebleeds – fairly common. These are usually due to weak blood vessels in the inner lining of a part of the nose and may require cautery.
- Visual symptoms – see floating bodies or blood stains. This is common, but it is important to perform regular eye checks.
- Nausea – often. This can be due to various conditions such as pregnancy, gastroenteritis, side effects of certain types of medication, alcohol and sometimes even anxiety.
- You feel pulsations in your neck or blood in your ears – this is due to an increased awareness of your body and is usually due to anxiety.
- Palpitations – these are not rare. Usually, they are not severe, but it is important to have them evaluated. There are sometimes cardiac arrhythmias that require treatment, but often they are harmless and due to anxiety.
Serious symptoms of a high blood pressure emergency (hypertensive crisis) can include:
- A headache
- Visual disturbances
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath.
If you think or someone else is having a blood pressure emergency, get medical help straight away. There is not much you can do to lower blood pressure in this situation but try to keep yourself or the other person calm until getting the medical help.
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy – Treatment
Avoid stress whatsoever
At this moment of expectation, you must remove everything that can cause stretching or dilation of your veins. Do only small household chores. Leave the most annoying tasks to a housekeeper or someone else. You have to relax your mind so that you do not open the doors of hypertension in your life.
Eat a high protein breakfast
When you want to have breakfast, add about 3 to 4 scrambled eggs to increase the protein percentage. Eggs are rich protein and help to repair worn tissue in your body where infections can slip away.
What about exercises?
Yes, proper exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of this challenging situation during pregnancy. You can practice at home, even without going to the gym. Walking alone is an excellent form of movement. Take a walk at your home or outside.
Reduce sodium in your diet
Even a small decrease in sodium in your diet can improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure by about 5 to 6 mmHg if you have high blood pressure.
Monitor your blood pressure at home and consult your doctor regularly
Home monitoring can help you monitor your blood pressure, make sure your lifestyle changes and warn you and your doctor about possible health complications. Tensiometers are available everywhere and are available without a prescription. Talk to your doctor about home monitoring before you start and ask for a proper treatment during pregnancy if necessary.
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