Pregnant and Hypertensive
You can be diagnosed with one of three types of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy: CHRONIC HYPERTENSION: You already have the condition and it is diagnosed before or within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. GESTATIONAL HYPERTENSION: When the condition develops during pregnancy (after 20 weeks). PRE-ECLAMPSIA AND ECLAMPSIA: This type of high blood pressure can cause organ damage and seizures.
If you suffer or have suffered from any of these conditions, you are more likely to develop hypertension later in life. In addition, having elevated blood pressure while pregnant is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and diabetes in your later years. This is why you need to manage any blood pressure abnormalities before and during pregnancy – under your doctor’s supervision, of course.