Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (cont.)
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Blood pressure medicines commonly used during pregnancy include:
Steroid medicines such as betamethasone and dexamethasone may be used to help the fetus's lungs mature faster. These medicines are often given if preterm delivery is needed.
What To Think About
There is not enough medical evidence to show which blood pressure medicine is most effective for use during pregnancy.
Some high blood pressure medicines are dangerous during pregnancy.6 If you take high blood pressure medicines, talk to your doctor about the safety of your medicine before you become pregnant or as soon as you learn you are pregnant. Make sure that your doctor has a complete list of all medicines that you are taking.
Lowering blood pressure too much or too fast can reduce blood flow to the placenta, causing problems for the fetus. So medicine is reserved for preventing severely high blood pressure levels that may be life-threatening to you or your fetus.
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