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Health Tip: Control Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy

Health Tip: Control Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy

09/10/10

(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 pregnancy:

  • Devise a plan with your doctor to bring high blood pressure under control.
  • Before pregnancy, stick to a healthy diet, get enough exercise and lose any extra weight.
  • Take any blood pressure medications as prescribed before pregnancy.
  • 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 disease.
  • Let your doctor know immediately if you notice signs of preeclampsia, a surge in blood pressure during pregnancy.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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