Dr. Jessica Covington on Hypertension During Pregnancy

Dr. Jessica Covington on Hypertension During Pregnancy


(gentle music) – So, hypertension is
elevations in blood pressure. Usually it is what is called
essential hypertension. So there is no underlying cause for the elevation in blood pressure. You can have secondary hypertension, which is because of some
underlying medical condition, but most of the hypertension
that we deal with in pregnancy is essential hypertension, or gestational hypertension. If you were to have some symptoms of hypertension during pregnancy, especially with conditions
like preeclampsia, you may have headache, blurry vision or pain high in your belly,
especially on the right side. To avoid getting hypertension
during pregnancy, you really kind of just want to do all of the normal things that you would do during pregnancy to try
to keep yourself healthy. So drinking lots of water, eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, and trying to avoid foods
that are high in salt. So there are some women
that are at increased risk for developing hypertension
during pregnancy. Certainly, age can play a role. Having multiple gestation,
or twins, triplets, those sorts of things, can
certainly increase your risk for having hypertension. Or, if you have other
underlying medical conditions like diabetes or some kidney issues, that can increase your risk
for having hypertension. The biggest thing that
you certainly want to do is continue to come to your doctor. Sometimes you may have an
increased number of visits, so you definitely want to
follow the recommendations of your doctor, if you
have to come to the doctor, the obstetrician, more often. Sometimes hypertension in pregnancy is a complication, so
it may require you to then further go to see other specialists, like maternal field medicine, or to have other fetal
testing appointments. So it’s certainly
recommended that you keep all of those appointments
and come to the doctor as often as recommended.