More and more women are recognizing that it is vital that they keep track of their blood pressure during the months of their pregnancy. However, it is important that you not over react to slight variances in the blood pressure readings. Your blood pressure varies depending on the circumstances. For instance, your reading will be high if you've just had an argument at work prior to coming in for your check-up.
At each prenatal visit, you should have your blood pressure checked, preferably while lying on your left side. If you already have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and are on medication prior to the start of your pregnancy, consult your physician.
Certain drugs are safer than others while pregnant. It is very important to keep your blood pressure as normal as possible. If your blood pressure begins to rise during pregnancy, your doctor will keep a close watch for pre-eclampsia. This is a very serious condition, which usually requires delivery of the baby.
There are several signs and symptoms involved in diagnosing pre-eclampsia:
High blood pressure in pregnancy places you at a high risk, but with close supervision, you should have a normal, healthy pregnancy.