PRE-ECLAMPSIA is divided into two separate groups, one is referred to as normotensive which means a pregnant woman has normal blood pressure who may develop pre-eclampsia in the later stages of pregnancy around 20 weeks from gestation. The second is with women who have chronic hypertension, edema and a protein in the urine which has implications on the kidneys, this is medically referred to as proteinuria.
Complications with a pregnancy can be caused by any blood pressure disorder that affects the organs, which in turn supplies blood from the mother to the placenta. As well as chronic blood pressure mentioned above, there are several factors that can make you susceptible to this condition. Being over 35 years old, blood pressure problems with a previous pregnancy, having a body mass index BMI in excess of 39, a healthy BMI number is said to be between 18 and 25. Checking blood pressure is part of all assessments during a pregnancy, an obstetrician and midwife continually monitor if blood pressure is high in the later stages of your pregnancy, 20 weeks. As pre-eclampsia can complicate any pregnancy, any concerns should be discussed with your doctor, obstetrician, midwife, health specialist as soon as possible, there are options to control blood pressure.