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.

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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...

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...
GHTN > PreE > Severe. Sometimes abnormal placentas begin to breakdown at 20wks, leading to exposure of mom to some of dad's placental genes and lead to an "allergic" reaction where the vessels spasm and platelets are drawn away (thrombocytopenia). The spasm causes high BP, HA, liver dysfunction, vision changes, and protein in the urine; leads to maternal seizure, decreased baby growth, and sometimes placental abruption. Read more...

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

Yes. Usually mild , but definite risk-depends on how well controlled the hypertension is during the pregnancy. Itrt will also be a future risk for hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Read more...
Monitoring. Your BP must be carefully monitored on each and every visit. Hypertension can certainly play a role in pre-eclmsia. Read more...

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...

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...

How can I treat gestational hypertension?

Close Follow Up. Gestational hypertension is really diagnosed after you deliver and did not develop preeclampsia. So, you need to monitor your pressure at home and see your doctor who may order blood tests on you and monitoring of the fetus. Do not try and 'treat" this on your own. Blood pressure medications may decrease the numbers, but they will not prevent preeclampsia. Read more...
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...

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 dont have any complications and the baby is growing appropriately. Read more...

What does gestational hypertension make you feel like?

Gestational HBP. In most cases women with gestational hypertension do not have any symptoms and are usually not aware of it. If aware a woman would complain of headaches. The diagnosis is usually made on routine follow up with an obstetrician. Read more...
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...

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...