Heart & Blood Conditions

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is high blood pressure?

During pregnancy, you are considered to have high blood pressure (hypertension), if the systolic pressure (blood pressure when the heart’s ventricles contract) is more than 140 mm Hg, or if the diastolic pressure (pressure when the ventricles relax) is more than 90 mm Hg. Outside of pregnancy, people are considered to have early high blood pressure, for which medication should be considered, if systolic pressure is in the 130s. During pregnancy, however, pressure in this moderate range is only monitored to see if it gets higher and doctors would not try to lower it with medication as this could reduce blood flow to the uterus and placenta.


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