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A 32-year-old member asked:

Should i be concerned if my blood pressure drops in pregnancy?

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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
No: We divide pregnancy into three "trimesters". The first trimester goes up to thirteen weeks, the second trimester is 14-26 weeks. During this second trimester the blood pressure will normally drop a little. You may be extra sensitive to this change and feel light-headed, tired or dizzy, drinking extra fluids, extra rest, and wearing support hose may all help. Make sure you are not anemic.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not necessarily: If it remains in the normal range & you are not having symptoms this sounds ok but please talk to your ob.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a dangerous blood pressure in pregnancy?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Pre-eclampsia: BP of 140/90 or higher is considered high for pregnant pts. When the BP is high enough to cause protien to show in the moms urine (kidey damage) its called pre-eclamsia. When mom has a seizure its called eclampsia.Eclampsia is the second leading cause of fetal death in usa. Pre-eclamsia can cause low birth weight and premature birth.

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