If you have
high blood pressure before or after becoming pregnant,
ask your doctor or nurse-midwife:
Whether you should change or continue to take your medicine for high blood pressure during pregnancy. Have this discussion
before you become pregnant if at all possible. Some
blood pressure medicines are dangerous during pregnancy and need to be
changed to a medicine that is safe for the fetus. If your blood pressure can
be controlled by adjusting your lifestyle, your doctor may recommend that you
stop taking or reduce your medicine while you are pregnant. To reduce your risk for preeclampsia, your doctor may recommend that you take low-dose aspirin during the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy.
How your treatment will be managed if you develop preeclampsia. Sometimes preeclampsia gets worse quickly. You may find it
reassuring to know what may happen if your condition gets worse and you require
more aggressive treatment.
How you can learn to measure your blood pressure and urine protein level at home. You may be able to monitor your condition
effectively at home. Your blood pressure readings and urine protein
measurements will provide important information about your condition to your
doctor or nurse-midwife.
Whether there are hospitals near you that can care for a premature infant, such in those that have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It can be reassuring to know your options ahead of time, in case
you deliver prematurely. If the nearest NICU is some distance from your home,
you may want to make plans for how you would handle family and travel needs if
your infant requires intensive care.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.