High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Long-Term Effects

The effects of high blood pressure in pregnancy vary, depending on the disorder and other factors. For example, preeclampsia does not generally increase a woman's risk for developing chronic hypertension or other heart-related problems. Also, in women with normal blood pressure who develop preeclampsia after they are 20 weeks pregnant, short-term complications -- including increased blood pressure -- usually go away within about six weeks after delivery.
Some women, however, may be more likely to develop high blood pressure or other heart disease later in life. More research is needed to determine the long-term health effects of high blood pressure in pregnancy and to develop better methods for identifying, diagnosing, and treating women at risk for these conditions.

Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure: Final Thoughts

Even though high blood pressure and related disorders can be serious, most women with high blood pressure (and those who develop preeclampsia) have successful pregnancies. Obtaining early and regular prenatal care is the most important thing you can do for you and your baby.
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