Does high blood pressure matter?

Q: I've been diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on tablets for the rest of my life. I have one daughter but would like another child. Is it OK to get pregnant again?


GP Rob says: Yes, it should be fine for you to become pregnant again. but ask your doctor for some advice before doing so. Women with high blood pressure are usually cared for by an obstetrician with expertise in this area, and your doctor may recommend you see the obstetrician before you fall pregnant to establish a treatment plan.


High blood pressure increases the risk of problems for both mother and baby, which is why it needs to be closely monitored in pregnancy. Complications can include pre-eclampsia, poor baby growth in the womb and premature birth.


If your blood pressure is not too high, you may not need to take your medication during the first half of your pregnancy, as blood pressure naturally falls at this time. 

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