- The patient may require medication to treat her high blood
pressure during labor or after delivery. It is unusual to require medication
for high blood pressure after six weeks following delivery (unless the patient
problem with high blood pressure that is unrelated to pregnancy).
- Most likely, during labor (and for a while after delivery) the patient will be given a medication called magnesium sulfate. This is to decrease
the chances of the patient having a seizure; in addition magnesium is indicated for severe preeclampsia and in treatment of eclamptic seizures (IV magnesium sulfate).
- If the baby is very premature (less than 34 weeks),
the patient may be given a medication called betamethasone to help mature the baby's
- Medications such as oxytocin (Pitocin) or prostaglandins are given to
induce labor and/or ripen the cervix.
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