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Overview of high blood pressure during pregnancy

If your blood pressure is high, this means your heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body.

You and your baby will need to be more closely monitored during pregnancy if you have high blood pressure.

Chronic hypertension affects women who had high blood pressure before their pregnancy. This is also known as essential hypertension.

High blood pressure that can develop during pregnancy:

  • pregnancy-induced hypertension (gestational hypertension)
  • pre-eclampsia

High blood pressure during pregnancy can cause serious complications.

page last reviewed: 18/09/2018
next review due: 18/09/2021