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.

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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...

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...

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...

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause premature deliveries?

Yes. Women with hypertensive complications of pregnancy have a higher chance of being delivered early because of problems their hypertension is causing them and/or their babies. Some hypertensive problems cannot be prevented, like preeclampsia. Chronic high blood pressure can be controlled or prevented by losing weight, reducing stress and daily exercise. Read more...

Does my weight have an impact on pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Yes. Certainly, there are risk factors identified for pih (pregnancy-induced hypertension). Women at higher risk for developing pih are teens, african-american women, and those struggling with obesity. Read more...

What are the risk factors for developing pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Several. Being overweight is one of the major risk factors. Also very young or older patients are at increased risk. If you have a history of high blood pressure or if you had high blood pressure during a previous pregnancy, you are at increased risk. Eat lots of vegetables, exercise, do yoga, etc. Read more...