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Postpartum hypertension is high blood pressure that is higher than normal after childbirth. It usually starts within 1 to 2 days after delivery, but it can happen at any time for up to 6 weeks after delivery. For some women, medical treatment is required to prevent serious complications, such as seizures or stroke.
This condition may be diagnosed based on the results of a physical exam, blood pressure measurements, and blood and urine tests.
You may also have other tests, such as a CT scan or an MRI, to check for other problems of postpartum hypertension.
Your health care provider will also continue to monitor your blood pressure closely until it is within a safe range for you.
Learn your goal blood pressure
Your blood pressure is above normal even if only the top or bottom number is above normal.
Know what to do before you take your blood pressure
Know how to take your blood pressure
Record your blood pressure readings
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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