Pregnancy brings plenty of changes within the body and the most typical change that you might be facing is the ups and downs in your blood pressure. Throughout pregnancy it is completely normal for your blood pressure to vary a little. While this might seem scary, try not to panic as it is a relatively common problem among the expecting women. It will be checked by your doctor at your prenatal appointments.
If you are experiencing higher-than-normal reading for the first time then there are possibility your next blood pressure reading will be normal. Even if it is not, many pregnant women with high blood pressure deliver perfectly healthy babies, though it can require careful observance. If all is well, your blood pressure will return to its pre-pregnancy levels in the last few weeks before your baby is born.
There are three grades of high blood pressure (hypertension):
Mild hypertension – This is often once your top figure is between 140 and 149 and your bottom figure is between 90 and 99.
Moderate hypertension – This is when your top figure is between 150 and 159 and your bottom figure is between 100 and 109.
Severe hypertension – This is when your top figure is 160 or greater and your bottom figure is 110 or more
Schedule a preconception appointment together your doctor, if you have got high blood pressure. Your doctor will evaluate how well you are managing your high blood pressure and consider treatment changes you might need to make before pregnancy. If you are overweight, your health care provider might recommend losing the excess pounds before you try to conceive.
-Eat a healthy diet which should be filled with whole grains, lean meat and dairy, fruits and veggies. Speak with a dietician/nutritionist if you need additional help. -Get physically active on a regular basis after taking recommendation from your health care provider. -Limit your sodium intake. -Visit your health care provider regularly throughout your pregnancy. -Keep a check on stress and avoid caffeine, smoke, tobacco, illicit drugs and alcohol.
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