Pregnancy Cause Of Hypertension

By Christian Goodman

I travel often, in fact more often than not. It seems that I see women everywhere scurrying through their daily lives, the same as me. But these women are carrying a new life. A little person completely dependent upon them for survival - not the same as me! Pregnancy amazes me.

Unfortunately for some, pregnancy does not allow for a "normal" daily life. Certain conditions such as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension can create emotional as well as serious physical concerns.

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) also sometimes referred to as preeclampsia or toxemia occurs in about 5 to 10 percent of pregnancies. Chronic hypertension varies from PIH in that it is normally present prior to pregnancy.

Baby and mother both face a grave threat by both conditions. There are also information of gestational high blood pressure that do not mostly comes with the same risks, but can intensify the probability of the mother later developing PIH.

Is high blood pressure a problem during pregnancy?

High blood pressure blocks the blood flow to many systems in the body. As there is a shortage of blood flow to all parts of the body the baby gets affected.

The restricted blood flow can cause the fetus to abrupt from the placenta prematurely (placental abruption.) The baby can also be underweight or suffer a lack of proper development due to the lack of nutrients.

The worst case scenario with PIH untreated is it can be fatal to both the mother and the baby.

Symptoms of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (not a complete list):

high blood pressure blurred vision extreme nausea edema or swelling more than trace amounts of protein in the urine present

It is mostly confirmed when more than two symptoms are present. Presence of a single system does not mean the presence of PIH.

These systems may result in regular trips to the doctor for monitoring to determine if PIH has developed is or likely to develop.


The baby may not be fully developed to live a life outside the womb when left. The best cure for mother is having the baby. But the same do not apply for the baby.

To reduce the blood pressure according to severity of cases there are different degrees of bed rest available. Adequate rest is the best treatment for PIH during pregnancy. Even months and weeks are spent lying by bed. You can even see some women lying on their left side. Doctors generally advice those females only to get up when they go for bathroom or when they feel like eating.

Many father's blood pressure have lifted due to this stress and tension during the pregnancy period. Mother is not the only one affected by the complication due to pregnancy but partner or father who loves her a lot is also affected.

Pre-natal care should be taken seriously when you are pregnant. You can sure that almost all the pregnancies finish in happy and healthy babies, mom's and dad's. To reduce your blood pressure to normal levels or to manageable levels you should avoid tension and stress in life wherever possible.

Focused relaxation and better bed rest is the focus of my blood pressure program for pregnant ladies. The good thing is it will even help the loved ones from stress and tension due to teh complication arises in pregnancy.

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