After you have had your baby

All women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy

If you still need treatment for high blood pressure after the birth and you wish to breastfeed your baby, your doctor should discuss with you the best blood pressure drug to take.

Your blood pressure should continue to be monitored after you have had your baby.You should be offered a check-up with a doctor at your postnatal appointment 6 to 8 weeks after your baby is born.

Women with chronic high blood pressure

If you have chronic high blood pressure, your blood pressure treatment should be checked 2 weeks after your baby is born.

Women who had gestational high blood pressure

If you had gestational high blood pressure and are still taking blood pressure drugs 2 weeks after you leave hospital, you should be offered a check-up by your doctor to see if your treatment needs to be stopped or changed.

If you are still taking blood pressure drugs 6 to 8 weeks after the birth of your baby, your doctor should offer to refer you to a specialist to check your blood pressure treatment.

Women who had pre-eclampsia

If you had pre-eclampsia and are still taking drugs to treat your high blood pressure 2 weeks after leaving hospital, you should be offered a check-up with your doctor to see if your treatment needs to be changed. At your postnatal check-up 6 to 8 weeks after the birth of your baby:

  • if you are still taking drugs to treat your high blood pressure, your doctor should offer to refer you to a specialist to check your blood pressure treatment

  • you may need to have blood and urine tests

  • if there is still protein in your urine you should be offered another appointment 4 to 6 weeks later to check how well your kidneys are working

  • you may be offered referral to a kidney specialist.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • How long will I need to stay in hospital after I have had my baby?

  • What treatment will I need after I have had my baby?

  • Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?

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