Hypertension in pregnancy: lower your risk

Hypertension in pregnancy: lower your risk

Hypertension in pregnancy, also referred to as gestational hypertension or pregnancy-induced hypertension, is a common condition that affects pregnant women. The most feared complication of hypertension in pregnancy is a condition called pre-eclampsia, which may cause deaths in both mother and baby.    Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and…

Pre-eclampsia, a Different Cause of High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia, a Different Cause of High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy in which high blood pressure occurs along with organ damage that manifests commonly as abnormal presence of protein in the urine. Preeclampsia presents anytime after 20 weeks of gestation  in women with previously normal blood pressure before pregnancy. Preeclampsia can progress to eclampsia, where high blood pressure causes convulsions….

High blood pressure medications does not increase risk of COVID-19

High blood pressure medications does not increase risk of COVID-19

A new study shows that common high blood pressure medications do not increase one’s risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing severe disease, contrary to what many medical experts have suggested. The study was launched in response to concerns raised by scientists that common blood pressure-lowering medications could increase the risk of COVID-19. The study found…

Gestational diabetes: why is my baby so big

Gestational diabetes: why is my baby so big

Gestational diabetes is also known as pregnancy-induced diabetes. It most commonly appears around the third trimester. Screening for gestational diabetes is a routine part of antenatal care. A mother with gestational diabetes may be unaware of it without screening. Take Amanda, who is ten weeks pregnant with her second child. Her first baby, three years ago,…