Your long-term health

All women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy

Try to stay within a healthy weight range to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure problems again.

Women who had gestational high blood pressure

If you had gestational high blood pressure:

  • you may develop gestational high blood pressure in a future pregnancy

  • there is a smaller risk that you may develop pre-eclampsia in a future pregnancy

  • you may develop high blood pressure and its complications in later life.

Women who had pre-eclampsia

If you had pre-eclampsia:

  • you may develop gestational high blood pressure in a future pregnancy

  • there is a risk that you may develop pre-eclampsia in a future pregnancy

  • the risk of developing pre-eclampsia in a future pregnancy is greater if the gap between pregnancies is 10 years or more

  • if you had severe pre-eclampsia there is a risk of pre-eclampsia in a future pregnancy.Your risk will depend on how many weeks pregnant you were when your baby was born, as well as other factors, which you should discuss with your doctor or specialist

  • your risk of kidney problems in later life is small if your blood pressure is normal and there is no protein in your urine at your postnatal appointment

  • you may develop high blood pressure and its complications in later life.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • Why did I get high blood pressure – could I have done anything to avoid it?

  • If my high blood pressure gets better after I have had my baby, do I need any check-ups in future?

  • Is it safe for me to have another baby?

  • Do I need to make any changes to my diet or lifestyle to avoid high blood pressure in my next pregnancy?

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