Preventing High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Editorial Team

Maintaining a healthy pregnancy is more than just eating right and taking your prenatals, it also involves monitoring your blood pressure level. Preeclampsia is one form of hypertension that often occur during pregnancy and it can lead to complication so every pregnant woman must monitor their blood pressure and prevent hypertension while prevent.

Below are ways to prevent hypertension during pregnancy;

Hypertension is when a person's reading is greater than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), hypertensive people are at great risk of having heart disease, failure as well as stroke and kidney issues.

Below are the three forms of hypertension during pregnancy;

  • Preeclampsia: Preeclamptic women have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. And it's most serious condition because it can lead to complications and if left undetected it can lead to eclampsia which can put both the mother and child in danger
  • Gestational hypertension: This form of hypertension only develops during pregnancy is rarely a problem for the mother after she gives birth.
  • Chronic hypertension: The mother could be hypertensive before conceiving and sometimes it develops in the early stages of pregnancy.


Women that are likely to be hypertensive during pregnancy; 

Certain factors increases a woman's chances of having hypertension during pregnancy and these includes being overweight, poor eating habits, not exercising, carrying twins, having high blood pressure before pregnancy, having a history of preeclampsia or hypertension.

Preventing hypertension during pregnancy

1. Regulate your blood pressure level before getting pregnant

Before trying to conceive, find out your blood pressure level and if it's high work with your doctor to get it in the normal level. Battling high blood pressure before pregnancy is better and easier than when you're pregnant.

2. Watch your salt intake

Eating too much salt or sodium (in soft drinks and co) can raise your blood pressure so if you add salt to all your food, start adding just a little from now on and quit taking soft drinks. Adults shouldn't take more than a teaspoon of salt a day and that includes the ones in snacks, food and sodium in processed foods and drinks.

3. Get on your feet

When you are pregnant you still have to be active, start exercising you can talk long brisk walks, run, jog or swim these activities will help you stay healthy.

4. Watch the content of the drugs you take 

Some drugs can cause raise blood pressure levels so check with your doctor to confirm they're safe for use before taking them. When you are pregnant is not the right time to try new drugs, a simple drug can turn out not to be good for you.

5. Go for prenatal checkups regularly

First it will help you detect when your blood pressure gets high during pregnancy so you can catch it early. Consider buying a home blood pressure monitor to check your blood pressure regularly.

If you smoke or drink alcohol, you need to quit it not only is it not good for your unborn child, it increases your chances of having high blood pressure. Remember to enjoy your pregnancy!