High blood pressure (hypertension) is the most common medical disorder, affecting 10-15% of pregnancies. Women may already have high blood pressure before pregnancy (chronic hypertension) or they may only develop high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia). Women who had high blood pressure in a previous pregnancy are at especially high risk.
Most women only have a mildly raised blood pressure and can be easily treated with anti-hypertensive medication. However, because high blood pressure may affect how well the placenta works, extra scans in the 3rd trimester for fetal growth are recommended. Some women may also benefit from low-dose aspirin treatment commenced early in pregnancy. Rarely, for dangerously high blood pressure, premature delivery of the baby may be necessary.
Yes, we have treated hundreds of women with high blood pressure in pregnancy, including many cases of women with severe pre-eclampsia or HELLP syndrome. We are knowledgeable in all types of anti-hypertensive medication.