Hypertension, Pregnancy-Related

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure while you are pregnant is important for both you and your baby. Gestational hypertension is the term healthcare providers use for the development of high blood pressure during pregnancy. 

Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:

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This condition may cause complications within your pregnancy, including but not limited to preterm delivery or low birth weight infants. The condition can also pose risk to the mother’s health and should be monitored closely by your healthcare provider.

Our Approach

If you need specialty prenatal care for hypertension or other pregnancy risk factors, our care providers work with you to provide support and monitoring during your pregnancy. Our teams of physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurses, and support staff stay in close contact with your primary care physician and coordinate all aspects of care for your high-risk pregnancy from diagnosis to birth. It is important for pregnancy-induced hypertension to be diagnosed early so appropriate monitoring and treatment can be provided.

If you suddenly develop high blood pressure after the twentieth week of your pregnancy, you could have a type of pregnancy-related hypertension called preeclampsia. This condition may pose serious threats for both you and your baby. The cause of preeclampsia is unknown, although gestational hypertension can lead to preeclampsia. The only “cure” is to deliver the baby.

Symptoms of preeclampsia include the following:

  • Blood pressure of 140/90 or greater measured two times at least four hours apart
  • Protein in your urine or other signs of kidney problems such as abnormal kidney blood tests
  • Severe or unresolving headache
  • Pain in the upper right side of your abdomen
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Vision changes


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