TREAT­MENT

Your Pregnancy - - Month By Month -

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.

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