Pregnancy is an amazing journey. But sometimes unexpected health issues can throw you off course. Preeclampsia—high blood pressure during the later stages of pregnancy—is one of them.
“Many preeclampsia symptoms—headaches, nausea, shortness of breath—are also common pregnancy complaints, so it can be hard to recognize those signs as a more serious problem,” says OB/GYN Charlsie Celestine, MD. “Monitoring your blood pressure and urine during routine prenatal checkups is a measurable way to identify preeclampsia and why it’s important to be diligent about your doctor visits. It’ll give you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.”
Untreated preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for mom and baby. Your doctor will instruct you on a treatment plan which may include monitoring your blood pressure more often, watching for symptoms like vision changes or sudden swelling, and, if needed, taking blood pressure medication.
Learn more about preeclampsia, how to stay healthy during your pregnancy, and caring for your infant by joining CentraState’s prenatal health on-demand program.