04 July, 2020

Everything you need to know about gestational hypertension

Gestational hypertension is a high blood pressure condition developed during pregnancy. It is often developed after 20 weeks of pregnancy and is seen among 6% of pregnant women. This condition never causes any organ damage to the mother and is usually seen to drift away after childbirth.

For most women, it doesn’t cause any damage, but there are few cases where it gets developed into preeclampsia (the condition where complications for mother and baby are seen). Recognizing and treating gestational hypertension results in a safe pregnancy.

Here is everything you need to know about gestational hypertension, its symptoms, and its effects.

Effect of gestational hypertension on pregnancy

Although women with gestational hypertension can have successful labor with a healthy newborn, there are fewer chances of complications. These include, 

  1. Prevailing poor fetal growth and stillbirth conditions.
  2. Placental abruptions that pull away the placenta from the uterus. 
  3. High chances of developing eclampsia.

Who is more susceptible to gestational hypertension

The exact reasons for gestational hypertension are not known. However, the following characterizations are at higher risk when compared to others.

  1. Having high blood pressure in the past pregnancy  
  2. History of kidney diseases or diabetes
  3. Multiple pregnancy condition (twins, triplets or multiples)
  4. When the mother age is younger than 20 or older than 40 while bearing pregnancy 
  5. Pre-existing hypertension (before pregnancy itself)

Symptoms observed for gestational hypertension. 

The symptoms of gestational hypertension are different for different pregnant women. There are no symptoms for women also. However, the following are the most common symptoms observed in most of the cases.

  1. Increased blood pressure from the second trimester 
  2. Absence or very minute presence of protein in the urine
  3. Mothers can experience the visual changes that include blurred or double vision
  4. Experience pain in the upper right or below the belly 
  5. Urinating decreases gradually and is often observed in passing small amounts 
  6. A sudden or over gain of weight in the second trimester
  7. Continuous headache that never subsides 

Treatment for gestational hypertension

Based on the overall health conditions of the mother, a specific treatment is picked for gestational hypertension. Also, based upon the severity, either the bed rest or hospitalization is suggested for the quick stabilizing of mother.

Early identification of the symptoms will highly help in the risk-free pregnancy.  Reach out to your doctor who can help you deal with the situation without enhancing the further complications.
However, always remember gestational hypertension is entirely different from chronic hypertension (pre-existing hypertension before pregnancy), and requires different care and medical attention. 


*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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30 January, 2018

Ways in which Dads-to-be can help out in Delivery Room

In the delivery room, it is up to the mother to do all the pushing. However, dad can play a major role in the birthing process too. Labor can be overwhelming for first-time mothers. If your partner is able to have a normal, vaginal delivery, you can ask the doctor about being present in the delivery room during birthing process. As a dad, your support and encouragement can go a long way in comforting the mother. Here are some ways in which dads-to-be can help out in the delivery room: Provide Distractions Labor has the tendency to be long and tedious. You may be spending hours doing nothing but waiting for your baby to arrive. You can take your wife’s mind off her discomfort by keeping her distracted. Music, conversations or even card games are a great way to keep her mind occupied. Speak out on her Behalf To do this, it is important you discuss her birth plan in advance. Understand how she feels about episiotomies or what her expectations of the doctor are. Don’t wait until your partner begins having her contractions to find out what kind of assistance she needs from you. Knowing her birth plan in advance makes it easier for you to articulate her needs when she is in pain,
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02 February, 2018

Reasons for periods to be late if Pregnancy test is Negative

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10 February, 2018

5 Home remedies for Gas during Pregnancy

Experiencing gas is common during pregnancy. The female body goes through several changes during pregnancy and gas is a result of certain normal body functions. The hormone progesterone, which is responsible for supporting your pregnancy, is also the reason behind that gassy feeling. It relaxes the muscles in your intestine and slows down the digestion process. This allows gas build up and causes bloating, burping, and flatulence. Certain foods and even your prenatal vitamins can cause you to feel gassy. The good news is, there are several things you can try at home to ease gas during pregnancy. Here are some of them: Drink Lots of Fluids Make sure you drink a lot of water every day to avoid gas during pregnancy. Aim for 10-12 glasses per day. You can also include other fluids such as juices. However, if you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), make sure the juice you drink is low in gas and bloating-promoting sugars. Move Around In order to find relief from gas during pregnancy, make physical activity and exercise a part of your daily routine. Walk or exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Not only does it help keep you physically and emotionally fit, it can also help prevent constipation and speed up digestion. Remember to talk
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