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Hypertension is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States alone. More so, the disease is often prominent in women that are pregnant. Factually, 1 out of every 14 pregnant women is affected by Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) . Although the specified condition may frequent any pregnant woman, there are women who are more at risk. Therefore, every pregnant woman must be proactive and follow precautions to prevent the condition. Also referred to as Preeclampsia, Toxemia or Toxemia of pregnancy, PIH clearly reveals its symptoms. In mild cases, the pregnancy may cause your blood pressure to elevate which causes you to retain water. Retaining water results in a high count of protein in your urine; this is identified, in most cases, during pre- natal care. In severe cases, however, you may experience headaches, blurry vision, low tolerance to bright light, light fatigue, nausea and vomiting or pain in the upper right abdomen. A p...
If you've been told you have high blood pressure you should be thankful for a timely diagnosis. For many people their high blood pressure goes undiagnosed years, and this can be a very dangerous situation.
Essential or primary hypertension It's thought that more than 9 in 10 people with high blood pressure have 'primary hypertension,' which means that there's no single clear cause of it.
However, it is known that certain factors in your lifestyle can contribute to developing the conditions, including:
Your family history
Being of Afro-Caribbean or South Asian origin
Being overweight or obese
Having an unhealthy diet
Drinking alcohol - especially if you binge drink
Lack of exercise
Secondary hypertension Around 1 in 20 people with high blood pressure have 'secondary hypertension'. This means it's linked to another cause, for example:
Kidney conditions such as kidney infection or kidney disease
Narrowing of the arteries
Pregnancy is such a blissful time. We do, however know, that many, many things can go wrong or create a complicated health picture during those 9 special months. On the one hand, many women feel it's a time to throw caution to the wind and put up their feet - "no exercise demands on me!!" - and eat the kitchen sink - "If I can't eat everthing I want now, when can I??" The problem with that attitude is that you are:
(a) Not creating a healthy "living environment" for your growing fetus. What you are eating is transmitting to your growing baby and easily setting the stage, in this case, for an overweight infant or child with health issues down the road.
(b) You are putting yourself (and again, the baby by association) at risk for diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), among other health problems.
A lot has been written about gestational diabetes , which is the development of diabetes during pregnancy, and it's aftermath, which is the r...
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