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High blood pressure in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia


You will admitted to hospital for close observation if you have pre-eclampsia. Your blood pressure will be checked every 4 hours and blood tests will be done frequently. Medication may be needed.

If pre-eclampsia develops, usually the baby will be born within a week of the diagnosis. Delivery of the baby is necessary to cure pre-eclampsia, even if the baby is not due. Pre-eclampsia can harm the baby as well as the mother if it becomes severe.

If pre-eclampsia is severe, the doctors may prescribe a drug called magnesium sulfate. This is to prevent fits (seizures). Magnesium sulfate is given as a drip and it causes sedation (sleepiness).

Pregnancy-induced hypertension

If you have pregnancy-induced hypertension (no protein in your urine), you may not need to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

Your doctors will decide when to deliver the baby. You may need to have your labour induced. You will need to be seen by your doctors more frequently until the birth.

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Inducing labour

page last reviewed: 17/09/2018
next review due: 17/09/2021