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High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the force of blood pumping through the arteries is high enough to cause problems with your health. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart throughout the body. Hypertension during pregnancy can cause problems for you and your baby. It can be mild or severe.
When hypertension during pregnancy is severe, it is a medical emergency that requires treatment right away.
This condition may also result in a baby's death before birth (stillbirth).
It is very important to keep all of your prenatal care appointments. Your health care provider will check your blood pressure and make sure that your pregnancy is progressing as expected. If a problem is found, early treatment can prevent complications.
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These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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