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Long-Term Effects of High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the effects of high blood pressure 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 diseases later in life. More research is needed to determine the long-term health effects of high blood pressure during pregnancy and to develop better methods for identifying, diagnosing, and treating women at risk for these conditions.

Final Thoughts

Even though hypertension and related disorders can be serious, most pregnant 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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