Hypertension & Preeclampsia

Pregnancy is a confusing time where your body is continuously changing. For those who have been through pregnancy before more than once, they can tell you that no two pregnancies are alike. Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure that occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This high blood pressure usually goes away after birth in most cases.

Preeclampsia is quite dangerous for the baby and the mother alike. The condition can keep the baby from getting proper amounts of blood and oxygen from mother. The mother can have serious problems with brain, liver, and kidneys. In the most severe of cases the mother can have seizures which is called eclampsia. This condition also has genetic components as the mother of the father having preeclampsia while she was pregnant. Other conditions that can impact the baby are as follows:

  • Fetal Growth Restriction (low birth weight)
  • Preterm Delivery
  • Placental Abruption

Mild preeclampsia can be dangerous as well as there are no symptoms besides the blood pressure increase. Chances of preeclampsia happening to you increase with high blood pressure before getting pregnant. At NJ Perinatal Associates, we will keep a log of your blood pressure to track whether you are at risk for preeclampsia. We will help put you on a correct diet that will help your blood pressure decrease. Exercising is also extremely important as a health pregnancy rate decrease the chances of preeclampsia occurring.

Preeclampsia can be dangerous if left undetected and untreated. The best thing that can be done is to adopt a low sodium diet and eat mainly fruits and vegetables. Watch out for rapid weight gain and try to chart your blood pressure on a weekly basis. At NJ Perinatal Associates, we will help you through your problems with preeclampsia in order for you and your baby to be as healthy as possible.