Getting your blood pressure monitored is just one of the common antenatal checks that you will become used to during pregnancy. Your blood pressure is very important when you are expecting a baby, so these routine checks are an essential part of your care.
How Your Blood Pressure Is Measured
A blood pressure check is one of the routine tests that will occur during most of your appointments for antenatal care at the London clinic. The blood pressure cuff will be wrapped around your upper arm and inflated. You will feel it squeezing your arm a little, but it won’t hurt. As the pressure from the cuff is slowly released, the blood pressure monitor will measure your blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure and Pre-Eclampsia
Having healthy blood pressure is always a good thing, but it is particularly important during pregnancy. If your blood pressure becomes too high it could be a sign that you are at risk of pre-eclampsia, which is a very serious condition. It usually occurs after about 20 weeks and it might not cause any noticeable symptoms at first. Many women with pre-eclampsia aren’t aware they are at risk until they find out from the blood pressure or urine tests during their antenatal care appointments in London. If the condition worsens it can cause symptoms such as headaches, visual problems, and rapid swelling of your face, hands and feet. Without treatment, it could result in serious kidney damage, fits, or even death.
If you have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, your antenatal care team in London can help to manage your condition. You might need to make some changes to your diet or to start taking medication to bring your blood pressure down. If you experience severe symptoms, you might need to be admitted into hospital so your condition can be monitored more closely. Pre-eclampsia will only go away completely once you have given birth. If your condition is serious, your doctor might recommend inducing labour once you have passed 34 weeks.