High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Many women struggle with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) during pregnancy and one of the best ways to control hypertension is by understanding what is causing it and addressing the issue accordingly. Here are some of the most common sources of hypertension during pregnancy.

1. First Time Pregnancy 

Women, during first-time pregnancy, are highly likely to struggle with preeclampsia. Thankfully, there are lower chances of the same condition in subsequent pregnancies. Thus, if you are pregnant for the first time, it is vital that you have your blood pressure tested regularly.

2. Smoking or Drinking Alcohol 

Smoking will have an instant spike in blood pressure, and if you are pregnant, it must be avoided at all costs. This is because tobacco contains nicotine, making the nervous system release chemicals that might affect the blood vessels, thereby leading to increased blood pressure.

Also, during pregnancy, it is important that you stay away from alcohol. Not only is alcohol associated with hypertension, but also an increased risk of miscarriage or premature birth.

3. Carrying More Than One Child

Though you can still encounter hypertension when carrying one child, the chances increase when pregnant with more than one baby. This is because your body will have to adjust to supply the required nutrients to both babies.

Since the nutrients transferred to babies are transported through the blood, there will be increased pressure. This might then affect the normal functioning of the body. Therefore, if you are carrying more than one child, you must seek medical advice on what you can do to keep preeclampsia at bay.

4. Age (Over35)

Studies have found that the chances of hypertension increase with age. Therefore, if you are a woman who is 35 years and above, there is a good chance you will be diagnosed with high blood pressure, but this is not 100% certain.

As we age, there will be changes in the structures of blood vessels, which might affect the normal blood flow, thereby leading to increased blood pressure.

5. Not Getting Enough Physical Activity 

It is good that when you are pregnant, you try to remain somewhat physically active. As if you don't there can be a disturbance in the flow of blood. For example, through exercise, you will burn extra fat that might be deposited in the arteries, thereby interrupting the flow of blood.

Studies have found evidence in support of the protective role of exercise training against high blood pressure. So, those who are physically active during pregnancy are less likely to suffer from hypertension.

Final Thought 

High blood pressure when not taken care of, can be life-threatening. Thus, to keep you and your baby healthy, be sure to follow the advice shared above. If your blood pressure remains high, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

*Guest post from Dr Felix - online doctor and pharmacy service in the UK.

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