High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy Care.

High blood pressure and pregnancy care... Looking after your hypertension and caring for your pregnancy, this combination can sometimes be overwhelming

 If you have the full commitment, with reliable support and information ... you can still have a healthy baby.

If you have history of high blood pressure, before you got pregnant... this alone may, make your doctor or  midwife to categorize your conception as "high risk pregnancy"

Why high risk pregnancy...? because, certain medical conditions, such as hypertension may have adverse effects on your pregnancy and increase your risk of developing other problems like pre eclampsia... and also your pregnancy may also propound, your high blood pressure...

Being categorized as high risk pregnancy in this case... will require your doctor, midwife or healthcare professionals to pay more attention to your care.... which is a good thing... this will also help them, and yourself to prevent other problems and / or complications related to pregnancy.

This topic is divided into:

  • Managing your High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy
  • Prenatal tests
  • Prenatal Genetic Testing
  • Antenatal / Prenatal Care Visits
  • Healthy eating during Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Dental Care Tips
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy Skin Care Tips.... Stretch Mark
  • Maternity Clothes
  • Sleep and Pregnancy
  • Yoga
  • My pregnancy week by week

 Managing Your High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

Being pregnant and having a pre-existing hypertension, can be challenging... but
millions of people in the same situation has been able to go on and deliver healthy babies.

Since every individual circumstance is different. Your qualified medical doctor, will be able to tailor your personal treatment and care to ensure a non-complicated pregnancy.

You have to work collaboratively with your caregivers and report any:

  • Unusual vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Unusual facial and leg swelling during pregnancy
  • If you noticed, that the baby is not moving... particularly after 25 weeks of pregnancy....
  • Pregnancy headache, that is constant and will not go away, even with the use of analgesics
  • Situations in which you are very sad, frightened, and / or worried....
  • Unusual visual disturbances or blurred vision....

You will need to know, how to measure your own blood pressure (BP), and learn how to record all your blood pressure readings.

Measuring your blood pressure is very easy these days, and you can buy your own Home Blood Pressure Monitor. They are relatively cheap in comparison to several years ago.

Take all your medications as prescribed and DO NOT  take any herbal or over-the-counter medications without telling your doctor.

Prenatal Tests

 One of the prenatal tests and procedure you will undergo, include full physical examination.

Your doctor will ensure that, you are up to date with all your vaccinations and immunizations including Flu Shot

She or he will also ensure, that your pre-existing medical conditions are kept under control... like...    

  • Depression
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes...  among others

 Other prenatal tests may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • After about 12 weeks of conception, your abdomen will be measured to check the growth and development of the baby in the womb
  • Measuring your height and weight
  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Pregnancy ultrasound to obtain a more reliable "due date"
  • Pelvic examinations.
  • Prenatal Genetic testing
  • Tests to check for any venereal or sexually transmitted diseases.

  Abnormal Chromosomes or is it Abnormal Genes?

Abnormal chromosome or chromosomal disorder occur when there is an extra copy of chromosome...as the case in Down Syndrome (chromosome 21.... trisomy 21)  others includes trisomy 13, and trisomy 18.

Abnormal genes or disorders are caused by problem with the genes. Examples of genetic disorders are:

  • Hemophilia
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Thalassemia
  • Muscular Dystrophy

Your doctor will discuss your options fully with you.         

 Antenatal  / Prenatal Care Appointments

Numerous pregnancy care tips, health and care for the baby in the womb, are generally given during the regular antenatal /prenatal care appointments

Take the time to prepare all your pregnancy questions for your caregivers and be willing to follow their professional advice and information.

Ensure you attend all your appointments because your caregivers always have a specific tests and procedures for each appointment.

 High Blood Pressure, Pregnancy and Nutrition

Healthy eating during pregnancy is very essential for the mother-to-be and the growing fetus.

Eat lots of fresh raw fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries and blueberries

Avoid black licorice... it can elevate your BP

Most of these fruits has lots of vitamins and fibers to prevent constipation

Drink lots of water, avoid sugary drinks or the ones with high caffeine.

Eat lean fish and meat and whole grain foods

Watch your salt or sodium intake, it will raise your BP

Keep close watch on your weight to avoid other complications, related to unhealthy weight gain.

 Pregnancy Dental Care

Pregnancy dental care refers to the oral care, which includes, your mouth, gum and teeth.

During pregnancy, the increase of hormones can increase your risk of developing gum and teeth diseases, including the bleeding gum.

Poor oral hygiene may affect the growth and development of your baby.

Ensure you visit your dentist and / or dental care professional, for proper dental care.... they best equipped to prevent and detect oral problems or disease at its earlier phase and can plan and provide proper care.

It is very important to let them know, that you are pregnant... in case of dental X rays. They will provide appropriate and proper protection for you and baby.

Any unusual gum swelling, redness, pain and bleeding should be checked by a dental care professional. Use soft toothbrush and may also use tooth paste geared towards sensitive teeth and gum

Pregnant women with untreated periodontal (bone and gum ) disease have increased risk of delivering babies with low birth weight and prematurity.

Stress, Hypertension and Pregnancy Care

Stress is not good for anyone, not to talk of during pregnancy...
Stress is partly a situation, in which we have little or no control, of a particular      circumstance. Hypertension, pregnancy and stress does not go together....

Try to ascertain what is causing your stress, and try to find a lasting solution to it.

Stress will cause you to loose appetite, or even eat more, in which both situations are not  desirable.

Uncontrolled stress, will also prevent you from keeping your BP under control

It will prevent you from having a good sleep

Discuss your situation with your caregiver and work on relieving your stress before it affects your pregnancy, general well-being  and the  baby

Pregnancy Skin Care Tips

Pregnancy  stretch marks are purple-pink, brownish or reddish lines, they develop on the abdomen, thighs or breasts, mostly later in pregnancy.

Their color depends on your own skin color. Stretch mark affect mostly half of all pregnant women.

If you have family history of stretch marks, there is a possibility you will have one too, as part of it, is due your genes and age.

It is caused by the collagen under your skin as your unborn child grows in the womb, and the skin stretches.  Skin stretch itself can cause itchiness... use available cream or lotion to keep your skin moisturized

Things you can do to reduce the Pregnancy Stretch Mark

  • You can reduce and or prevent most of stretch mark by keeping physically fit before conceiving
  • You can maintain a toned skin with exercises and good nutrition before and during pregnancy
  • Skin can be very dry during conception... some women has experienced a great success with cream and lotion for stretch marks during pregnancy. The mere fact that,  it keeps their skin and body moisturized and glowing with beauty, is more than enough for them...
  • Other thing you can do reduce the stretch mark is to work closely with your doctor or midwife, so that you gain your pregnancy weight slowly and gradually.... after all, your caloric intake has profound effect on your weight gain.

Pregnancy stretch Mark is, sometimes referred to as "striae distensae".... Seek the assistance of your care givers regarding the best cream or lotion for stretch marks... the one that will help your skin collagen and elastic fibers... and also prevent itchiness.

Please DO NOT  use any steroid cream or lotion during pregnancy without your doctor's approval and consent... it can be dangerous to your unborn babe.

Some pregnancy stretch mark cream can improve the appearance of your skin. But sometimes, after the delivery of the baby... some ladies opt for the laser stretch mark removal...!

Don't forget to eat almonds, oily fish like herring, sardines, or mackerel, and also olive oil... they all contain, a lot of Omega- 3 fatty acids which is good for your skin...

Maternity  Clothes and Footwear

Make yourself comfortable in maternity clothes, that make movement  and breathing easy and  in view of your changing physique.

I once heard about a lady taken to the hospital with chest pains... but on examination, her clothing, including her pregnancy tops were found to be, too tight and giving her most of the discomfort.

Get comfortable footwear to support your posture, avoid high heels if possible.

Avoid "tights" because it increases moist and may lead to yeast infections

Tender and / or Sore breasts

Some pregnant women experience, severe tender or, sore breasts during pregnancy.... your doctor will first check to make sure, it is not due to any other medical condition.

Slight tenderness, tingling with soreness in the breasts are common in the earliest part of pregnancy.

You need to wear maternity bra, if your regular ones are not as comfortable as before.

Get a professional fitting for your best support maternity bras. The professional will ensure the cups fit properly.

Cotton bras are usually breathable, or you may opt of organic bra... which some women prefer in this kind of situation.  Other remedies for tender or sore breasts may be suggested by your healthcare professional

High Blood Pressure, Pregnancy´╗┐´╗┐ and SLEEP...

Take time to have proper sleep and rest or naps during the day as needed.

Keep light and noise in the bedroom to minimum.

Reduce coffee or caffeine intake

Proper sleep is a necessity and will keep your blood pressure under control

Have a nice warm bath before bed.

At different stages of pregnancy, finding a comfortable position to sleep in bed may be a challenge.

Buy a comfortable pregnancy pillow or body pillow to aid your sleep.

Learning to sleep on  your side, earlier in the pregnancy will help you later, as the conception progresses... and as your baby grows and the tummy gets bigger, it may press on an important blood vessel on the back of your abdomen... which may decrease blood flow to your growing baby in the womb... it is better to sleep on your side...

Some people find Homeopathic Remedies to be helpful for their sleep... but seek expert opinion, before using homeopathic remedies.

If at all possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night.... this may sometimes help.

Prenatal Yoga

You do not have to be a yogini.... everyone benefits from the effects of a prenatal yoga.

Research has shown, that Yoga helps with stress and blood pressure control and management.

Please let your Yoga Instructor, know that you are pregnant, and if you have a specific issue(s) with your pregnancy, and whether there are any restrictions for your prenatal yoga.

Also, you need to get an approval from your doctor and healthcare provider, before starting your prenatal yoga sessions.

Experienced prenatal yoga instructor, is able to adapt and customize their yoga classes to individual levels and care. Low impact exercise for pregnant women and a bit of Yoga is a good combination.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga includes....

  • Relieve of some of the common complaints, like backache and joint discomfort.
  • Stretching and strengthening your muscles and joints in a good way to prepare you for delivery.
  • It improves your body posture and balance
  • It increases your mental focus
  • Meeting  other women, in the yoga prenatal class, promotes wellbeing, you can even exchange ideas and coping mechanism regarding day-to-day developments in your body.
  • Yoga will also alleviate body tension, fatigue and Varicose Veins.
  • Improves your breathing and increases oxygen supplies to your babe in the womb
  • It calms your nerves... and can build more confidence and self-esteem.

 My Pregnancy Week by Week Tips

My pregnancy week by week tips are useful health tips to guide you through your pregnancy.

Having a baby is a great responsibility, but there are certain things you can do to help yourself, and make the job of your doctor, midwife or caregiver easier.

Report any unusual signs or symptoms of pregnancy... like spontaneous vaginal bleeding... to your doctor.

You can measure your own weight weekly, to see how you are doing.

Be vigilant and attentive to your body functions... for instance, do not allow yourself to be constipated to the point, that it becomes a medical problem.

High blood pressure and pregnancy care tip ... know your limits and avoid putting unnecessary  pressures on yourself...

Some people opt for organic baby care... whatever your decision, be very careful of everything  you eat and put into your system during pregnancy

A great pregnancy tip...from early part of pregnancy, some ladies chose a "specific pajamas" to record their own ... week by week pictures of pregnancy for their own diaries / journal and record.

One lady was actually able to detect quickly... a very unusual facial and leg swelling during her pregnancy... which eventually led to Pre eclampsia but was successfully treated.

High blood pressure and pregnancy care is a joint effort, between you, your partner, loved ones... and you qualified healthcare providers. Use all the opportunities to access every available help open to you.


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