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You are here : home > Pregnancy > Complications during Pregnancy > High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

- Rishi Modi

1 out of 10 women run the risk of developing pre-eclampsia, which is pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, in the last weeks of their pregnancy. Latest developments suggest that increasing your intake of vitamins C, E and other antioxidants in the early stages of pregnancy, should help keep your blood pressure stable. It is also a good idea to monitor blood pressure regularly during the last few weeks of pregnancy, and if your blood pressure is high, consult your doctor. Here is what Rishi Modi had to say about his experience with pre-eclampsia.

"My wife delivered a baby boy on 1st June. I want to share with you some of the complications that we faced during the final month of pregnancy, which could have easily been avoided.

The first 8 months of my wife's pregnancy went off absolutely fine, and there was no problem at all. Suddenly, in the ninth month, my wife developed high blood pressure. She was put on medication for controlling her blood pressure, but it did not seem to help. Her pressure was constantly 140 by 110. It was a big concern for doctor, and she also started losing weight. She lost around 5 kg in her final month. I was very concerned, so I started reading books and surfing sites which provide tips on controlling blood pressure during pregnancy. What I discovered was, if only we had taken more care and precautions, we could have easily avoided this.

There were basically two major factors responsible for her blood pressure: one, she was not exercising or walking regularly, and two, her weight. She gained more weight than she should have, and we did not realise that the repercussions would be so serious. If we have monitored both these things right from the beginning, the high blood pressure could have been avoided. But now, it was too late to do anything about this.

When my wife went for an ultrasound in the 39th week, we discovered that our child's growth had stopped due to high blood pressure. In the 39th week a child is supposed to be 3 kg, but our child was just 2.4 kg. Finally the doctor decided to induce labour by giving my wife an injection, since she was overdue. However, this did not help either, and on 1st June 2003, the gynaecologist opted for a caesarean. My wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Our child is as yet too weak, since he had not been getting adequate nutrition due to the blood pressure. However, the good news is that both, my son and my wife, are perfectly alright now.

I would like to stress upon the importance of exercise during pregnancy. Do not take it lightly. Go for regular walks, and take care of your diet, salt consumption etc. DO NOT TAKE THESE THINGS CASUALLY, they do make a world of difference. I hope what I have written has had an impact on you, and will make a difference.

I hope might be my sharing will make a difference. For more information, email me at rishi_modi@hotmail.com. I would be happy to help out in whatever way I can."


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Name: kimberly
Country: usa

i have been hospitalized twice for my blood pressure. it was as high as 194/110. the doctor put me on medication. i am schedualed for a c-section on the 19th of dec. i will be 36 weeks along.
 
Name: maitrali
Country: usa

thank you very much.
 
Name: Sheena
Country: india

very well written.
 
Name: smiley
Country: U.S.A.

i developed a condition for preclampsia on the week of 33.then i had to deliver my baby @ 35th week.my son was in the nicu for 12 days weighing only 5.5 lbs.now he is going to be 4 months and he is 16 lbs now :)...
 
Name: anubhuti
Country: india

a very informative article for the mothers to be.i'll also bear this in mind that during my second pregnancy i do not put on extra weight as in my first pregnancy i had similar problem of high b.p. and my baby was also of less weight
 
Name: smitha
Country: india

even i have been hospatalised bcoz of my high blood presuure 150 by 120 at last my doctor gave some bp controlling tablets no use then they did me c section i gave bith to a girl baby now she is 7 moths but onething i want to tellu control salt during pregnency and walking is important for high bp bcoz iam tensed during my delivery date that wass the reason
 
Name: Priya
Country: india

rishi..thanks a lot...
 
Name: Riya
Country: India

hi.. i just discovered that in the final month of my pregnancy i.e. as of now, my bp is 120/90. all through my pregnancy my bp has been 120/80.. i have put on 15 kgs in my 35th wk so i maybe bordering the just about adequate weight gain. i have been active throughout but since my feet started swelling in the last couple of days i stopped going for walks thinking it will worsen the condition. thanks for sharing this info with us so we don't live in misconception. i will resume my walks today.
 
Name: Ranjini
Country: India

hi, now i am in 10 weeks pregnency. already i have thyroid now my weight is 89kg. my dr worry about my weight and ask me to reduce at any cost. i am trying to do by going very slow walking, taking high protein and low colestral foods. but now a days i feel very hungry and wanna to eat more. is that good for me and the baby. or i have to control myself and avoid eating. please suggest me how to reduce my weight and about my food habit.
 
Name: teena
Country: India

i am 15 weeks pregnant and my bp seems to be fluctuating in between 145/100-130/90. though my doctor has prescribed me medicines i fear it would hamper the growth of the baby in the womb.interestingly, i donot feel any discomfort due to my high bp. kindly suggest me.
 
Name: ranjana
Country: India

thanks for this information i am 11 weeks pregnant. i will be following ur suggestion to overcome this risk
 
Name: JyotiDear
Country: India

dear rishi, thank you for the very informative and helpful article, i am sure it would help lots of expecting parents, cheers, jyoti
 
Name: ranjana
Country: India

thanks for this information i am 11 weeks pregnant. i will be following ur suggestion to overcome this risk
 
Name: KANNAN
Country: India

while doctors visit only my b.p goes high but i have measured in house it is normal 130/78 or 128/84 sometime what is the cause whether i require any treatment i'm 38


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