Health Tip: Control Blood Pressure Before
(HealthDay News) -- If you have high blood pressure, it's
important to get it under control
before you become pregnant. High blood pressure during
pregnancy can be dangerous for both mom and baby.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers
these suggestions to help control blood pressure before and during
- Devise a plan with your doctor to bring high blood pressure
- Before pregnancy, stick to a healthy diet, get enough exercise
and lose any extra weight.
- Take any blood pressure medications as prescribed before
- Check with your doctor to make sure your medications are safe
to continue while you're pregnant.
- Schedule frequent doctor appointments during pregnancy to
monitor your blood pressure.
- Let your doctor know if you have any form of kidney
- Let your doctor know immediately if you notice signs of
preeclampsia, a surge in blood pressure during pregnancy.
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