On this World’s Hypertension Day , Understanding what exactly causes Hypertension in layman’s language is important. Hypertension and High Blood Pressure is the same and used in different terms. Are you pregnant with High Blood Pressure? This is for you..
Upper / Lower
Normal Blood Pressure -- Under 120 / Under 80
Prehypertension -- 120-139 / 80-89
Hypertension -- 140-159 / 90-99 - Stage 1
Hypertension -- Above 160 / Above 100 - Stage 2
Hypetensive Crisis -- Above 180 / Above 110
A pregnant woman above 20 weeks can get Gestational Hypertension, Though the exact reason is unknown , things like Obesity, Hereditary , age can also be the reason, At Least 6 percent of pregnancies has Gestational Hypertension. Maintaining a healthy diet throughout the pregnancy is must, Avoid eating out . Healthy home made meals with less oil and salt will do the work, Include foods like leafy vegetables, berries, oats, bananas, pumpkin seeds , broad beans , lean meats, fish in your diet regularly. Avoid taking stress and keep yourself calm. This Lockdown may have stopped you from going for a walk but trust me walking inside your house or in the verandah is more than enough, Walk for 15 mins after every meal. Haven't you checked out Leslie walk yet? Do check the Leslie walk in youtube , apt for this Lockdown.
How different is Preeclampsia from Hypertension?
Preeclampsia is one of four high blood pressure disorders in pregnant women, it can occur after 20 week of gestation, though there is no history of hypertension. Ladies above 40 or teenage girls are more prone to Preeclampsia but that doesnt mean others are safe, It can be fatal for both you and baby if it is left untreated, It can damage the organs . Symptoms may include protein in the urine, Severe headache , Swelling on the foot, Vision Blurr, Upper abdomen pain especially under the ribs on the right side, decreased loo visit, Shortness of breath and so on.. Regular Doctor visits, Scan, Blood pressure check up is important throughout the pregnancy, Do not fall for things like ” I had this during my pregnancy and it is normal”. Every pregnant woman is different, so is each pregnancy, it may be normal for your friend or sister but not for you. Never self diagnose your issues but reach out to your gynecologist.
Pregnancy Hormones make us stressful and emotional, pregnant mothers may “Cry at the drop of a hat”. Understand that the current situation may not last forever, Seek help. Have good and healthy conversation with your spouse, reach out to your friends and family. Join parenting forums like “BabyChakra” where you will meet like minded mothers who are also in a similar gestation period. Read books, there are lot of pregnancy related books available on kindle “ Pregnancy Notes “ By Rujuta Diwekar, “ What to expect When you're Expecting “ by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, “ Garbh Sanskar” by Balaji Tambe are the most recommended books by the pregnant mothers. Many have even vouched that reading “Sundara Kandam in Ramayana” has helped them.
Pregnancy is Happy times, We tend to get pampered by the dear ones. Eating wise is the most important aspect of a healthy pregnancy. Avoid eating out ( Good for the lockdown, You can't step out and eat), Avoid fried and junk foods. Snack on fruits, salads and nuts especially if you have a history of preeclampsia in your family( Your immediate relative like mother or sister). The days may look gloomy but remember “ Nothing lasts forever” , Together we shall overcome!
Avoid stress and stay happy!
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