Women with PIH will have to see their doctor more often. It may even be necessary to be hospitalised should the symptoms deteriorate. Severe PIH that threatens to become eclampsia may mean delivering the baby prematurely – either by induction or caesarean section.
Preventing high blood pressure is easier than treating it. The doctor may have to prescribe medication that’s safe to use during pregnancy. When there is a risk that the baby will be born early, the mother will be given cortisone to mature her baby’s lungs.
Regular sonars to monitor the baby’s growth and non-stress tests are done to check that the placenta is healthy. Women with mild PID are advised to rest more often, and in severe cases, may be advised to take maternity leave earlier than planned. Eating properly, moderate exercise and getting enough sleep can help alleviate symptoms.