Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (cont.)
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High blood pressure
If you have ongoing (chronic) high blood pressure and are taking blood pressure medicine, talk to your doctor before becoming pregnant (or as soon as you learn you are pregnant). Some high blood pressure medicines are dangerous to your fetus.
If you have high blood pressure during pregnancy, take steps that will help control your blood pressure:
By following general guidelines for a healthy pregnancy, you can help optimize your own and your baby's overall health and make sure that you are both in the best possible shape for handling the challenges of pregnancy, delivery, and recovery.
For more tips on how to have a healthy pregnancy, see the topic Quick Tips: Healthy Pregnancy Habits.
Expectant management for preeclampsia
If you develop signs of preeclampsia early in pregnancy, your doctor or nurse-midwife may prescribe something called expectant management at home, possibly for many weeks. This may mean you are advised to stop working, reduce your activity level, or possibly spend a lot of time resting (partial bed rest). Although partial bed rest is considered reasonable treatment for preeclampsia, its effectiveness is not proved for treating mild preeclampsia.12 It is known that strict bed rest may increase your risk of developing a blood clot in the legs or lungs.
Whether you are required to reduce your activity or have partial bed rest, expectant management severely limits your ability to work, remain active, take care of children, and fulfill other responsibilities. It may be helpful to follow some tips for dealing with bed rest.
You may be required to monitor your own condition on a daily basis. If so, you or another person (such as a trained family member or a visiting nurse) will:
Keep a written record of your results, including the dates and times you checked. Take this record with you when you visit your doctor or nurse-midwife.
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