Gestational Hypertension

Gestational Hypertension also referred to as Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH) is a condition characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. Gestational Hypertension can lead to a serious condition called Preeclampsia, also referred to as Toxemia. Hypertension during pregnancy affects about 6-8% of pregnant women.

Gestational hypertension can develop into preeclampsia.
  • Symptoms
  • High blood pressure


    Feel like vomiting

    or Throwing up

    Decreased urine


    • Tight band-like pain around the head and neck, Coming from the back of head

    • Steady

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    • On one side of the head

    Abdominal pain

    • Nonspecific, non-focal

    Double vision

    or Blurred vision

  • Risk factors
  • Pregnant

    • After 20 weeks

    Pregnancy with more than one baby at a time

    Family history of high blood pressure

    Kidney failure or on dialysis

    or High blood pressure disease

    Overweight or obese

    Have never given birth or carried a pregnancy

    Diabetes mellitus

  • Treatment
  • The goal of treatment is to prevent the condition from becoming worse and to prevent it from causing other complications. Treatment for gestational hypertension may include: 1-Bedrest. 2-Hospitalization if necessary. 3-Antihypertensive medications if blood pressure readings are in the severe range. 4-Fetal monitoring (to check the health of the fetus). 5-Continued laboratory testing of urine and blood 6-Corticosteroids.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Gestational Hypertension, then visit an obstetrician-gynecologist as soon as possible.

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