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What is gestational hypertension?

What is gestational hypertension?

BP up d/t preg: In a person who develops elevated blood pressure during pregnancy or just after pregnancy the term gestational hypertension would apply. This is different from chronic hypertension which is BP elevation that was present before the pregnancy. Gestational hypertension also includes diseases such as pre-eclampsia or toxemia. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Can gestational hypertension be cured?

Can gestational hypertension be cured?

Hypertension: Gestational hypertension occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy. It is a blood pressure of 140/90 without any protein in the urine or any biochemical abnormalities seen with pre-eclampsia. The cure for gestational hypertension is delivery of the infant. Medical intervention is not always necessary and will depend upon the gestational age of the fetus. ...Read more

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How can I treat gestational hypertension?

How can I treat gestational hypertension?

Follow a diet: The first thing to do for gestational diabetes is follow the dietary advice given to you by your doctor. You will be monitored for how your body responds to the diet. If your blood sugars remain high, an oral diabetic agent or Insulin may be required to keep your blood sugar as normal as possible. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gestational hypertension?

What are the tests for gestational hypertension?

Tests 4 HTN Preg: 50 asks what are tests for gestational HTN?
1. Measure BP carefully and correctly regularly as pregnancy. The only way to dx it is to measure the BP correctly.
2. To see if it is damaging you kidneys your team will check your urine protein.
Very simple. So just get into a regular care system and follow the guidelines. ...Read more

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Is gestational hypertension dangerous to the baby?

Is gestational hypertension dangerous to the baby?

Needs surveillance: When a woman has high blood pressure in pregnancy, it may cause less blood to flow to the placenta. The fetus receives less of the oxygen and nutrients it needs. This can cause the growth of the fetus to slow down.
You may need periodic BP check to make sure you don't have any complications and the baby is growing appropriately. ...Read more

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What does gestational hypertension make you feel like?

What does gestational hypertension make you feel like?

Usually no symptoms : Hypertension does not usually cause symptoms unless extremely high. Treatment options are limited in pregnancy. Patients with this condition should be monitored closely since it may develop/progress into more serious conditions. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of gestational hypertension?

Almost none: Rarely mild headaches and pop up noises in your ear. Mostly you don't feel a thing, that's why is really important to keep your appt with your ob/gyn and have your blood pressure checked every appointment. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Gest. Hypertension: Since people who have gestational hypertension are more likely to get essential hypertension, then any person who is destined to get hypertension are at risk. A hx of this problem in a prior pregnancy, your first pregnancy, teen pregnancy and older age pregnancy, twins, obesity, and women with diabetes are your largest risk factors for this problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gestational hypertension?

What is the definition or description of: Gestational hypertension?

High BP at 20 wks: BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be monitored carefully and frequently! ...Read more

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What are the factors that make it more likely to get gestational hypertension?

Hypertension: First pregnancies, excessive weight gain, history of chronic kidney disease, chronic hypertension, auto-immune disorders, multiple pregnancies, diabetes are just some risk factors for the condition. If you have any of the above, it is important to be under close supervision of your obstetrician/perinatologist. ...Read more

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Is there any treatments for gestational hypertension?

Is there any treatments for gestational hypertension?

Yes: Yes and they are very important to a healthy pregnancy. See your OB doctor right away. If your blood pressure is very bad, as if you should also be seen by a high risk OB specialist. Please don't wait. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for gestational hypertension?

An Obstetrician: See an obstetric doctor first. If necessary, you will be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy) doctor. ...Read more

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What is the relation of family history of hypertension and gestational hypertension?

Develop hypertension: Having family history of hypertension or development of hypertension during pregnancy increases the risk of developing hypertension. ...Read more

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Is gestational hypertension the same with preeclampsia?

A little different: Gestational hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure in a pregnant patient after 20 wk who does not have previously diagnosed hypertension. Preeclampsia is the same thing with other changes such as protein leaking into the urine, swelling and some blood test changes. Think of preeclampsia as a more complicated version of gestational hypertension. ...Read more

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What are the chances my gestational hypertension will continue after pregnancy?

Perhaps not: Many metabolic changes occur during pregnancy, most of which resolve by a few weeks to months after delivery. They may be indicators of subsequent risk of having recurrent issues in the future, so follow up with your doctors. You will most likely be just fine. Just make sure you lose the weight you gained, and keep fit! ...Read more

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Can gestational hypertension turn into preeclampsia, later on?

OB hypertension: Hypertension in pregnancy can lead "pre-eclampsia" as it is one of the components which also include a syndrome of elevated blood platelets, pedal edema, and decreased kidney filtration etc. You will need to be examined more frequently by your OB md during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get gestational hypertension during my pregnancies?

Probably: If you answer this definitively, you will win a nobel.

There are lots of theories. A prominent one is that you have an abnormally high level of a protein called soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase (s-flt-1), which makes it difficult for small blood vessels to grow. This protein is connected to hypertension and pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Will gestational hypertension without preeclampsia be a risk factor for delivering baby early?

Will gestational hypertension without preeclampsia be a risk factor for delivering baby early?

Monitoring: Your BP must be carefully monitored on each and every visit. Hypertension can certainly play a role in pre-eclmsia. ...Read more

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Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Yes: Heart failure for the fetus and seizures with heart failure in mothers. ...Read more

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Is the pathophysiology of gestational hypertension the same as preeclampsia?

Is the pathophysiology of gestational hypertension the same as preeclampsia?

Great question; yes.: Current thinking is that both conditions have the same pathophysiology, involving placental release of anti-angiogenic peptides that aim to increase placental perfusion at the expense of maternal well-being. The main difference is proteinuria, which is an indirect measure of maternal renal involvement without correlation to perinatal outcome. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic. Just had a baby 6 weeks ago developed gestational hypertension after delivery. I have chest pain on right and center. I've had it 1 wk.

I'm diabetic. Just had a baby 6 weeks ago developed gestational hypertension after delivery. I have chest pain on right and center. I've had it 1 wk.

Speak with: Your doctor immediately, because you are at risk of heart or lung problems. Control your blood glucose levels as good as possible and check your blood pressure in the meantime. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel internationally (20+hrs flight time) at 34 weeks with gestational hypertension?

Is it safe to travel internationally (20+hrs flight time) at 34 weeks with gestational hypertension?

Flying pregnant: Although it can be perfectly safe to fly up to 36 weeks, discuss your plans with your doctor or midwife before you book your flight. In high-risk cases, your healthcare provider may advise against travel in pregnancy. Increased risks of DVT are associated with pregnancy and long flights. With a 20-hour flight in combination with hypertension in the third trimester, I suggest staying home. ...Read more

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Hi, im 22 years old and pregnant currently 25 wks. Do I have pre-clampsia or gestational hypertension since my BP rised to 135/90?

Hi, im 22 years old and pregnant currently 25 wks. Do I have pre-clampsia or gestational hypertension since my BP rised to 135/90?

Possible: If blood pressure is accurately checked and confirmed to be elevated, without prior history of high blood pressure, you may have gestational hypertension. Diagnosis of preeclampsia requires detection of protein in urine in addition to high blood pressure. You should be closely monitored by your ob. ...Read more

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Should I take low dose aspirin for my gestational hypertension if I don't have a history of heart disease?

Should I take low dose aspirin for my gestational hypertension if I don't have a history of heart disease?

Questionable benefit: The use of Aspirin in this kind of situation has little to no benefit and has fallen out of favor. ...Read more

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I am 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which my doctors say is not as bad as preeclampsia?

I am 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which my doctors say is not as bad as preeclampsia?

OB hypertension: Hypertension in pregnancy can lead "pre-eclampsia" as it is one of the components which also include a syndrome of elevated blood platelets, pedal edema, and decreased kidney filtration etc. You will need to be examined more frequently by your OB md during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the examples of drugs use to treat hypertension in pregnancy?

Rx: The favorable ones are those that have minimal harm to the fetus such as methyl-dopa. A thorough discussion with a physician is best, to discuss risks and potential harm to the child. ...Read more

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Which prescription medicine used for hypertension is safe to used during pregnancy?

NIH: The national institutes of health recommends Methyldopa as the drug of choice for hypertension during pregnancy. ...Read more

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My cousin has chronic hypertension she uses losartan 50mg, she is found pregnant but took the medicine for 7 weeks of pregnancy. Does it harm fetus?

My cousin has chronic hypertension she uses losartan 50mg, she is found pregnant but took the medicine for 7 weeks of pregnancy. Does it harm fetus?

Class D: Losartan is class d, which means there is positive evidence of human fetal risk; maternal benefit may out weigh fetal risk in serious or life-threatening situations. ...Read more

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Sometimes my finger tips feel numb.... Should i be weary? A bit about myself? — I am pre hypertension and I was a gestational diabetic.

Sometimes my finger tips feel numb.... Should i be weary? A bit about myself? — I am pre hypertension and I was a gestational diabetic.

There : There are many causes of numbness in the finger tips including spinal cord or nerve compression in the spine, nerve compression in the elbow or wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome) or sick nerves (peripheral neuropathy). The cause of the numbness and associated symptoms of pain, weakness, clumsiness, walking or bowel and bladder problem may make the numbness more worrisome. Numbness on its own is usually less of a problem for most people. I recommend discussing the numbness with your primary doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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Gestational Hypertension (Definition)

BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be ...Read more