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Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Yes. In the sense that it is an issue that needs to be managed during pregnancy. Usually pregnancy induced hypertension is either preeclampsia or not. If it is preeclampsia, then you need to determine if it is mild or severe. If it is gestational hypertension then as long as your blood pressure is controlled and the baby's growth is ok, then you can deliver at 39 to 40 weeks. Read more...
Yes. This process can cause harm to the baby and kill the mother. It is something that should be closely managed with meds and followup. Read more...

How do doctors diagnose pregnancy-induced hypertension?

High blood pressure. A blood pressure over 140/90 with or without edema, excessive sudden weight gain, lab abnormalities, headache not relieved by tylenol, (acetaminophen) upper abdominal pain, vision disturbances, seizure or stroke. The most important sign is elevated blood pressure. Read more...
By monitoring BP. Pih is so common it is part of the routine screening of all ob's. The BP is taken & urine is screened for any evidence of the disorder. If hypertension begins to show, it is treated. However, some cased come on suddenly on or near time for delivery & some require extraordinary measured for control, up to and including premature delivery to save mom's life. Read more...

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause hellp syndrome?

No. Pih includes both gestational hypertension, which is a benign condition where the woman's blood pressure increases slightly without the associated proteinuria, edema or lab abnormalities found in pre-eclampsia. Hellp syndrome is a variant of severe pre-eclampsia characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low-platelets. Blood pressure may be high as well. Read more...
We don't think so. Generally speaking, our best understanding of this process is an activation of the coagulation cascade, not hypertension. Research into this condition continues, and our explanations will get better as the science evolves. Read more...

How does a biophysical profile help pregnancy-induced hypertension?

It doesn't. A biophysical profile (bpp) is not performed to help gestational hypertensive disorders, but to assess fetal well being. The bpp is an evaluation for signs of uteroplacental insufficiency, a complication of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. If there are signs of deterioration in the fetal status, early delivery may be indicated. Read more...
Doesn't help. A biophysical profile tests how the preeclampsia is affecting the fetus ( a test of fetal well being). Read more...

Can pregnancy-induced hypertension have a negative effects on my baby?

Yes. Depending on the severity it can lead to stunted growth, medically induced prematurity, etc. Read more...
Maybe. Preeclampsia is harmful to you and your baby and should be treated (and you should be delivered as soon as is safe). Once the baby is delivered, medications should be chosen that won't cross into the milk , if you are breast feeding. Read more...

What are the treatments for pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Ultimate, Delivery. Once blood pressure starts to rise, bedrest and occassional BP lowering meds may buy time for the baby to mature but the only "cure" is delivery of the baby. Sometimes the bloodpressure goes up so fast and so severe immediate delivery is the only option. A medicine called magnesium sulfide is given to prevent mother from having a siezure. Read more...
Beta blockade . Need to assess for preeclampsia/correct electrolyte or magnesium abnormalities. Hypertension exacerbated by increased intravascular volume. Beta-blockers, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, Aldomet (methyldopate) are among the drugs of first resort. Read more...

What is pregnancy-induced hypertension?

High Blood Pressure. There are four types of high blood pressure (hypertension) that can occur in pregnancy: preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Please see this link for complete info: http://bit.Ly/extems. Read more...

What are the causes of pregnancy-induced hypertension?

PIH. There are four types of high blood pressure (hypertension) that can occur in pregnancy: preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Please see this link for complete info: http://bit.Ly/extems. Read more...
Chronic/preeclampsia. Hypertension occurs in 3-4% pregnancies. Most times it is a reflection of essential HTN (perhaps exacerbated by wt gain and increased plasma volume). Htn occurring after 20 weeks might reflect preeclampsia and if associated neurological changes, eclampsia . Thyroid abnormalities later in pregnancy can also affect BP and cause htn. Read more...