It's common to develop hypertension, or high blood pressure, during pregnancy. Up to 10% of pregnant women do. Usually it starts after you've been pregnant for about 20 weeks. With good care, it won't harm you or your baby and will go away after you deliver. But you're more likely to develop hypertension again when you're older. If you get hypertension after mid-pregnancy, and you have protein in your urine or excessive swelling, you may have a more complex problem called preeclampsia. The most common treatment for preeclampsia is delivery.
Call Doctor If:
- Get early and regular prenatal care. Your doctor can monitor your blood pressure and urine protein carefully to detect a problem early.
- Don't smoke or drink alcohol.
- Eat healthy, regular meals and take a prenatal vitamin.