Even if you have chronic hypertension; high blood pressure, you can have a healthy pregnancy. If you do have high...
Even if you have chronic hypertension; high blood pressure, you can have a healthy pregnancy. If you do have high blood pressure, your pregnancy will be considered high risk, so you'll likely be working closely with your prenatal care provider. For example, you'll most have more frequent prenatal appointments and you'll really need to aim to meet all the goals you and your provider set for a healthy diet, exercise, and relaxation. Most research shows that with proper health care and if your hypertension remains under control (doesn't get any worse) then you and your baby will have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Some things you can do to increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy in spite of hypertension include: Blood pressure monitoring - if you're advised to monitor your own blood pressure at home, you'll need to do it diligently and report any increases to your health care provider. Try to stay low-key - research shows that regular relaxation can lower high blood pressure. Good relaxation techniques may include low-impact prenatal yoga and breathing exercises. Lots of rest - rest is important to all pregnant women, but if you have chronic hypertension you really need to focus on short and regular restful breaks throughout your day. Drink a lot - plenty of water is important because with hypertension you can experience more than the usual amount of swelling in your feet, ankles, and elsewhere. Fluids will not swell you up more, rather they'll help flush out your body and cut down on swelling. To learn more about chronic hypertension during pregnancy talk to your health care provider and read the Mayo Clinic guide to high blood pressure during pregnancy.

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