High Blood Pressure Early in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Risks
[MedScape, 6/27/19] High blood pressure during the first trimester of pregnancy, or an increase in blood pressure between the first and second trimesters, is linked to higher risk for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, a study indicates.
Both conditions heighten the risk for maternal stroke as well as for premature birth, stillbirth, and low birthweight. Preeclampsia also increases the mother’s risk for life-threatening seizures, the authors write.
“We compared the frequency of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, including preeclampsia and gestational hypertension, among women based on ACC/AHA [American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association] blood pressure category at a first trimester study visit and blood pressure trajectory between study visits in the first and second trimesters,” they explain.
The findings by Alisse Hauspurg, MD, with the Magee-Womens Research Institute at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, and colleagues suggest that this study may identify otherwise “low-risk” women who may be at risk for a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP).
The study was published online June 27 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology…….
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