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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Normal blood pressure is important to good health. It is necessary for your heart, arteries, and veins to work. Normal blood pressure is also a key factor for a healthy pregnancy. It controls the correct amount of blood flowing through the placenta. The placenta is special tissue that develops in your womb during pregnancy. Through the umbilical cord your placenta supplies your baby with the right amount of oxygen and nutrients for normal growth. When your blood pressure is higher than normal it is called high blood pressure or hypertension. Even though most women with hypertension have healthy babies, they do have a higher risk of developing certain problems during pregnancy. Hypertension can damage the mother’s heart, kidneys and other organs. It can cause low-birth weight and early delivery of the baby. Early diagnosis and special monitoring of you and your baby by your healthcare provider are important.

Learn more about high blood pressure in pregnancy by watching this informative video. 

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