PREGNANCY INDUCED HYPERTENSION
Jasmine was pregnant for the first time, and like most women, she was clearly excited and full of anticipation of being a mom. When she was 20 weeks into her gestation, she suddenly started feeling funny and during one of her routine prenatals, the doctors explained that additional tests aside her routine tests would have to be run on her. She started getting frantic, after waiting a while, the Doctors announced her tests results were out and pronounced that she had “PID”, pregnancy-induced hypertension.
She was stunned at first, wondering how the Doctor could come up with such diagnosis. ” I have been cautious about my diet and have never been hypertensive prior to my pregnancy, how can I possibly have hypertension now?”, she queried.
In light of the fact that most would be moms have no clue as to what PIH is and what it poses, this post is designed to shed light on the topic.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1)Is it possible that a woman who has never had hypertension develops hypertension during pregnancy?
Answer: Yes it is.
2)Does it mean the hypertension will remain with her for the rest of her life?
Answer: Not necessarily.
What Is Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension?
Pregnancy-induced hypertension(PIH)- sometimes referred to as gestational hypertension is a condition of high blood pressure during pregnancy. The condition often presents itself in some women when the pregnancy is about 20 weeks and may last through the duration of the pregnancy. It is also possible that the condition remains for sometime after birth.
PIH may lead to a serious health condition called precclampsia. Preeclampsia may be very dangerous for both mother and baby. It is estimated that PIH affects 6-8% of all pregnant women.
CLASSIFICATION OF HYPERTENSION
Generally, hypertension can be classified as chronic preeclampsia or pregnancy induced. Hypertension is termed chronic when a pregnant mom has high blood pressure (i.e 140/90) before pregnancy, early in pregnancy(i.e before 20 weeks) and far beyond pregnancy. While the pregnancy will be affected with all the risks associated with hypertension, the condition cannot be said to be primarily induced or caused by the pregnancy.
Preeclampsia is a severe condition that comes in the form of high blood pressure and presence of protein in the urine of the pregnant mom. Abnormal amount of protein in urine, otherwise known as proteinuria,is a sign of an infected or diseased kidney.
When the kidney filtering system is damaged by infection, protein may be allowed from the blood to leak into the urine unchecked. Preeclampsia must be detected and treated in good time in order to prevent serious complications for both baby and mother.
Unlike chronic hypertension, pregnancy induced hypertension usually stops at the end of the pregnancy or shortly after delivery.
-By Doctors on the MedSwitch Network.
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