What are the effects of gestational hypertension?
How can gestational hypertension affect the mother and her baby? The effects actually vary widely and can range from very mild to severe. Some of the severe effects include:
- Damage to organs like the kidneys
- Reduced blood flow to the placenta in the womb
- Pre-term birth
- Increased risk of developing heart disease
When gestational hypertension leads to preeclampsia it can result in damaging crucial organs like the liver and the kidneys.
What is the treatment for gestational hypertension?
The treatment for gestational hypertension depends largely on how close you are to your due date. If the baby is developed and there seems to be no complications or problems, then the doctor may recommend that the baby be delivered right away. In turn, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which is a rare but very serious disease which causes seizures.
In reality, gestational hypertension itself does not require medication since the condition goes away after giving birth. However, doctors may recommend the use of medicines to treat chronic or pre-existing hypertension.
How do doctors diagnose gestational hypertension?
Pregnant women should regularly visit their doctor for check ups. The doctor will check the mother’s blood pressure during these appointments. Because gestational hypertension normally appears on and after the 20th week of pregnancy, your doctor will be closely monitoring that.
It’s important to take note that high blood pressure does not typically exhibit symptoms unless it is very high. Should you develop gestational hypertension, your doctor will likely monitor you closely for other changes. Your doctor will be on the lookout for signs like the presence of protein in the urine (which might indicate kidney damage).