High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
This six-page handout educates women who are pregnant about the dangers of high blood pressure to themselves and their unborn babies. It explains that blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries with each heartbeat, which then moves blood through the body. It discusses how blood pressure is checked and measured, explaining the systolic and diastolic readings and identifying normal and high blood pressure readings. The document discusses gestational hypertension and describes the health risks associated with it such as preeclampsia or eclampsia, and clarifies the need for blood pressure checks because most people do not have any symptoms. It provides a list of recommendations for things people can to do control their blood pressure, and outlines treatment for gestational hypertension.
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