Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure

What Are the Long-Term Effects?

The long-term effects of pregnancy and high blood pressure may vary, depending on the disorder and other factors. For instance, preeclampsia generally does not 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 diseases later in life. More hypertension research is needed to better understand the long-term health effects of pregnancy and high blood pressure. Also, additional research is necessary to develop better methods for identifying, diagnosing, and treating women at risk for these conditions.
 

Final Thoughts

While pregnancy and high blood pressure can be a dangerous combination, most pregnant women with the condition 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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