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Postpartum hypertension is 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 12 weeks after delivery. For some women, medical treatment is required to prevent serious complications, such as seizures or stroke.
You may not have any signs or symptoms.
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.
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
Two numbers make up your blood pressure. The first number is called systolic pressure. The second is called diastolic pressure. An example of a blood pressure reading is "120 over 80" (or 120/80). Ask your health care provider what your goal blood pressure is.
Know how to take your blood pressure
To check your blood pressure, follow the instructions in the manual that came with your blood pressure monitor. This includes any instructions on what to do before taking your blood pressure.
Record your blood pressure readings
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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